Province says it would crack down on reserve online gambling regulation

A northern Alberta reserve would be guilty of conducting illegal gambling if it follows through on a plan to host online casinos and poker rooms, says the Canadian province's gaming regulator.

The Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission (AGLC) would crack down on the Alexander First Nation, a spokesman for the organization told local newspaper the Edmonton Journal.

The reserve recently announced plans to regulate and offer licenses to online gambling companies through its own governance rather than the laws of the province or country.

So far the steps the band has taken toward the plan include drumming up interest from gaming operators through a Web site and beginning construction on a data center to host computer servers.

Nonetheless, the provincial commission's CEO Norm Peterson said the regulator would shut down any gambling sites hosted by the Alexander First Nation.

"It's illegal under the Criminal Code, and we would take action like any other illegal activity under the Criminal Code," he told the Journal. "Internet gaming, unless it's conducted by the province or licensed by the (AGLC), is illegal."

The band is likely following the lead of a successful casino licensing business on the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake in Quebec. The reserve's gaming commission hosts many online casino and poker Web sites, including

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