Tropical islands are more than just places to order fruity drinks with little umbrellas – they’re also incredibly attractive places to set up online casinos. The taxes are light, and the laws restricting gambling don’t apply. Plus, you know, fruity drinks.
Unfortunately, islands come with their own baggage – monster hurricanes. You win some, you lose some.
This week, Hurricane Earl will be nearing a Category 3 as it travels through Antigua, a major online gambling hub. The country is home to many of the world’s biggest online gambling operators, including BoDog.com and Intertops.
Hurricane Earl is one of the biggest storms to take over the island in recent years, so online casino operators are bracing themselves for anything the storm might bring, which could include damaged servers and downtime for their websites.
Hurricane Earl is not expected to go directly through Antigua, although winds will reach up to 100 mph and more than 8 inches of rain will fall. Operators continue to have their fingers crossed, hoping that the storm will not cause damage that cannot be repaired. Keep your hopes up, but be cautious when using affected casinos until the storm passes – don’t want to hit the jackpot only to have the website go down!