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Sabana Sur
San José, San José
Costa Rica 2549-1400



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Costa Rica Jurisdiction News

$1000 slots tournament features three “Games of Fortune” slots from Betsoft
The ten top point scorers in the week-long slot tournament will be awarded $1000 in prize money – first prize is $300.

Intertops' $1,000 Easter Slots Tournament features Betsoft slots
Players who try their hand at one of four Betsoft slots will have a chance to win $1,000 in prizes this weekend.

34 people accused in illegal gambling operation
34 people, 23 businesses all stand accused of allegedly operating or helping to operate an illegal gambling site.

Kansas: Online gambling guilty plea
57 year-old pleads guilty in online gambling business case in Kansas City.

O'Donnell's 'Playbook,' '40,000 Roulette Spins' fresh arrivals
<em>Pro Football Pointspread Playbook</em> is the perfect book for people who want three years of results, spreads and totals, and more. <em>40,000 Spins -- Cluster Progression Roulette</em> is colorful, detailed and packed with do and don't advice.

Costa Rica, Antigua file for WTO arbitration
Costa Rica and Antigua separately filed for World Trade Organization arbitration on January 28, seeking compensation from the United States as a result of the U.S. withdrawal of its commitment on cross-border gambling services.

U.S. faces seven compensation claims in WTO online gambling case
Casino City has confirmed that seven compensation claims have been filed against the U.S. in its ongoing WTO online gambling case with Antigua and Barbuda.

What Happens in Costa Rica Stays in Costa Rica
As I have stated in the past, the fabulous "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" phrase applies to Costa Rica visits and even to the Grinkos, Canadians and Swedes that live there. I cannot even tell you the number of times a statement was preceded with, "This is off the record, but...", and the number of times that I was forbidden to share any of my stories with Jenny (I know! I don't get it either!). See why this was my seventh trip to Costa Rica in 1.5 years? Now you get it, don't you...

Rebecca's Recommendations - May 25, 2007
So here we go again. I'm going back to Costa Rica for Memorial Day weekend, and I know what you are thinking…What? Are you kidding? Why? Do you ever work? Where's Jenny? The truth is I absolutely love Costa Rica and all my online gaming contacts that live there. Oh yes, and the whore houses too. This time around I am going for fun, on my own dime, and with zero conferences to attend, thank god. Of course I'll be with online gaming friends and talking business roughly 90% of the time, but what can you do.

Costa Rica Bound...Again
So here we go again. I'm going back to Costa Rica on Friday, and I know what you are thinking...What? Are you kidding? Why? Do you ever work? Where's Jenny? Ok, ok, let me cut to the chase and answer all your questions for you.

Poker conference details announced
Ticonderoga Ventures, Inc. announces that its second annual Poker Industry Conference and Exposition will be held December 7-8, 2006 in San Jose, Costa Rica at the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel.

Poker Industry Conference Held in Costa Rica
Ticonderoga Ventures, Inc. announces that its second annual Poker Industry Conference and Exposition will be held December 7-8, 2006 in San Jose, Costa Rica at the Costa Rica Marriott Hotel. Relaunches Site announces the grand re-opening of the online poker site featuring Texas Hold'em Poker, just in time for fans to hone their skills on 007’s latest card game.

IGCE Features Sportsbook Panel
The International Gaming Conference & Expo will feature an unprecedented panel of the leaders of the world's top online and off-shore sportsbooks.

IGCE Looks at WTO Ruling
e International Gaming Conference & Expo will look at the impact of the World Trade Organization Ruling on Cross-Border Gaming involving Antigua and the U.S.

Poker Conference Held in Costa Rica
The Poker Industry Conference and Exposition will be held the weekend of December 3-4, 2005 in Costa Rica at the Barcelo San Jose Palacio.

Gambling Sites Wait for Attacks
International News Brief: As Super Bowl weekend approaches, gambling sites ready themselves for a busy weekend and also the threat of having their service interrupted by online extortionists.

BetonSports Hit by US Crackdown
News Brief: BetonSports says a government crackdown on gambling in the US had caused radio stations to cancel about $10m-worth of its advertising campaigns during the crucial American football season now under way.

Online Casino Fights High-Tech Thugs
News Brief: The owner of is determined to fight what's fast becoming the scourge of Internet-based businesses: high-tech protection rackets in which gangs of computer hackers choke off traffic to Web sites whose operators refuse their demands.

Poker Just Got Sexier: Launches Sexy Poker Product has added a new poker room to its existing sports book and casino.

CasinoWebcam, HGN Settle Dispute
CasinoWebcam and Home Gambling Network today announced a settlement in their dispute regarding CasinoWebcam's rights in U.S. patent 5,800,268.

BETonSPORTS Reports Global Strategy
BETonSPORTS reports the key drivers of its global growth strategy. Predicts Google IPO Price Decline is predicting that Google would have to slash its IPO price.

Costa Rica

While the Central American country Costa Rica is home to approximately 300 online gambling companies, it still does not have legislation designed to deal with gambling over the internet. However, it is illegal for Costa Rican citizens to gamble online.

The absence of laws regarding online gaming made Costa Rica one of the most popular places to start an online gaming business in the early days of the industry.

Because of the lack of legislation and regulations, there is no oversight of businesses conducting online gambling through Costa Rica. Businesses operate under a "data processing" license. To obtain the license, a corporation must deal in network administration or internet administration, and an offshore merchant account must be set up to handle all transactions. Licensing fees include a permanent license fee of USD 5,000, a USD 5,000 license renewal fee, and USD 500 for legal costs. There is no betting or gaming tax, and revenues generated from foreign sources are not taxable; only revenue earned within Costa Rica is subject to taxes by the tax authorities.

In 2013, the Costa Rican government indicated it wanted to establish a gaming control board for online gaming. The Finance Ministry has released draft plans for regulating the industry. Included in the plans is a tax on online gaming of 0.5% of gross income to help fund the control board. Additionally, a 5% tax would be levied to fight against crime. The new board would report to the Minister of Interior and Police and would process six-year gaming licenses at a suggested annual fee of USD 50,000.

The new regulatory scheme has not yet become a reality.

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