Antigua has let former illegal bookmakers from the U.S., including Scott, set up sites, on the grounds that book-making is not a crime in Antigua. It has also overlooked at least one drug conviction; Bob Eremian, managing director of the Sports Off Shore site, served 24 months in jail in Connecticut in the late 1970s for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Only when SI told Bird's chief of staff, Asot Michaels, in August of Eremian's record did Antigua expel Eremian, who's now in Massachusetts fighting a 1995 bookmaking charge.
The threats against McAllister left one Justice Department source wondering if any nation can effectively regulate online betting. "When the person who was trying to do just that has to leave her own country, doesn't that make you wonder who you're dealing with?" he says. "If what's happening in Antigua doesn't make gamblers nervous, they obviously haven't read the early history of Las Vegas. We know how long it took to get Las Vegas under control and weed out those elements."