Online Casinos: Special Report

This is a special report regarding the online casinos operated by IB corporation out of London England. Claude Levy is listed as a director.

This outfit operates 25+ internet casinos under various catchy names like 21blackjack, Americancraps, etc. They all share the same characteristics and the same look and feel.

These sites are touted as "One of 25 top internet casinos." Claims are made that that "many of (them) have won "many international awards" and "are most popular with American gamblers". Of course no one knows which awards these are, and the way the industry runs no one knows which casinos are popular with whom. No details are given.

I have several problems with how these casinos are run, and how they are being marketed. They load very slowly. This would be annoying enough, but the marketing methods used (intense spamming), and the fact that they have opened 25 different casinos makes me wonder what the operators have in mind. You will see these sites spammed all over search engines and hyped over other "award" sites. These sites are also run by IB.

My original review of these sites was fairly mild, although I did include them in my "Not recommended" list. I even said some good things about them, like the odds were posted and it seemed like they offered good support. However, Mr. Levy, one of the directors, took offense at the reviews and blasted me with several threatening emails. Posted below are Mr. Levy's email messages to me, unedited. Also my replies, unedited. Read them carefully. Ask yourself, after reading them, if you would like to risk your money gambling in one of Mr. Levy's virtual casinos. How do you think he would react if there was a dispute, if you lost contact in the middle of a play, or if you had a BIG payoff? I believe these emails are an indication of how Mr. Levy operates. They speak for themselves. Read them and govern yourself accordingly:

Email #1

From Wed Feb 18 09:44:26 1998 X-Sender: (Unverified) X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0.3 (32) Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 10:50:43 +0100 To: From: Claude LEVY Subject: I have some very bad news for you JAMES!

We have been informed that you are posting some false information about our sites in your pages. The 25 best casinos, and all your listings of our sites. The domain names, and the companies that own the sites, are all US corporations. The fact that they use in some cases, the address of their London office does not change that fact. Your statement is incorrect, and contrary to the truth. All your stories about the games and the rules and regulations make me laugh. For your information, the games we use, are exactly the same as the ones used by Grand Dominican and Starluck. You are free to say what you wish, but I think you have crossed the line. I am sending all the information I have to our attorneys in New York, and they will pass the file to their office in Canada. I will listen to their advice, and take whatever legal action we can, to resolve this serious matter. Don't think because you are dealing with some **foreign** companies, that you can get away with anything you do. These are US corporations, and Canada is as good as anywhere else to sue someone. Regardless of the legal costs and the time it will take, we are going to sue you for everything you have, and more. Our lawyers will be serving a notice on Netcore today, as we are suing them as well. Claude Levy

My REPLY to Email #1

Without Prejudice: Hey Claude- Lighten up. "You have been informed", well why don't you have a look for yourself. Nothing I say in any of the reviews of your casinos is untrue or defamatory. In fact, upon rereading them, I went very, very lightly on you. They DO load slowly. You are a European casino (I don't like that, that is my personal opinion). I don't like your marketing methods (that is my personal opinion). I am happy to communicate with casino owners at any time regarding the operation of their casinos and my reviews. If you don't like them, I suggest you communicate with me in a less threatening manner, and ascertain the facts for yourself. We have laws in Canada about freely expressing ones opinion. We also have laws about being harassed. If you can't abide by these laws you won't leave me many choices. The internet allows for the wide dissemination of information. If I get any more missives from you with even a hint of a threat, you will go NO replies and NO co-operation and your WILL NOT appreciate the fallout.

========================================================================== Email #2

From Wed Feb 18 11:46:18 1998 X-Sender: (Unverified) X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0.3 (32) Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 12:54:49 +0100 To: Jeff Konrad From: Claude LEVY Subject: I have more bad news for you JAMES!

First of all is Jeff Konrad your real name? Your comments about the loading times are not the issue. That we are a European casino is a straight lie. You have no proof of this whatsoever. The address on the rules and regulations is no proof at all, it's just an address of our European office. The domains are owned by US corporations, so you are lying, and you don't know the true ownership of the casinos even if the domains were owned by a party in Europe. If you don't know, don't just lie. If you don't like something European, this is straight discrimination. Your comments about the $ 50 minimum play is a straight lie. This is only a suggested figure, the minimum is $ 14.95 and it is clearly printed everywhere. Why lie when the facts are so clearly different. We will do whatever we can legally, to stop your lies and discrimination, and that is not a threat, but a promise, and I always keep my word. I will make your life miserable, because I don't like liars, and you are a big one. Discrimination based on the origin of a party is a criminal offense in Canada, and I will do my best to get you in jail and that is also a promise. Claude LEVY

My REPLY to Email #2

Claude- I guess subtleties are totally lost on you. I have no more time to reply to your threats and attempted intimidation. I can only quote Winston Churchill: "Do your worst, we will do our best."

======================================================================== Email #3

From Wed Feb 18 16:24:42 1998 X-Sender: (Unverified) X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0.3 (32) Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 17:33:11 +0100 To: Jeff Konrad From: Claude LEVY Subject: Re: I have more bad news for you JAMES!

Jeff, I will do my very *best* to make sure that you are forced to go to court, whether you like it, or not. You can count on it, as sure as there will be day light tomorrow morning. That is a promise. I can't respect people that make judgement on something simply because it's something **European** or **foreigner** maybe you think that you are a superior human, because you live in Canada. We have known people like you under the nazi regime of Hitler, and if I was in front of you right now, and I hope I will have that opportunity very soon, I would spit in your face, so consider it done. Claude

My REPLY to Email #3 Claude- Keep those emails coming. I'm posting them to the newsgroups eg alt.gambling, etc. Should make for interesting reading for your prospective customers. You should get a lot of players out of this. good luck

========================================================================= Email #4

From Wed Feb 18 17:03:08 1998 X-Sender: (Unverified) X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0.3 (32) Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 18:11:38 +0100 To: Jeff Konrad From: Claude LEVY Subject: Re: I have more bad news for you JAMES! If you had any brains, you would also know that the people you recommend so highly in your shit pages, are for the vast majority all under the foreign category. That shows how much home work you have done. Nothing. All the people with a license are overseas. You are just a lousy liar, and a Nazi, and the law will take care of you, that is a promise. Nobody cares about what you will be posting, anybody with a brain will understand there are dealing with a racist Nazi, and an idiot one as well. Do your home work first, and then make your comments. Claude


After some thought I decided that the best review of Mr. Levy's casinos would be written in his own words. I let him know about my plans but, as you can see, subtle this guy ain't.



I am rewriting the reviews on your casinos. In fact, I'm going to let you write them. They should be posted by midnight Friday, your time. No peeking.

good luck


Claude's Reply

From Thu Feb 19 19:18:09 1998 X-Sender: (Unverified) X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0.3 (32) Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 20:26:34 +0100 To: Jeff Konrad From: Claude LEVY Subject: Re: Reviews of your casinos

Jeff, I don't know what you are up to, but I know that I have already sent a wire to our attorneys for US $ 15,000 as an advance deposit for searching the law precedents on this case. I am trying to find your true identity to serve you the summons. Our attorneys will be asking me much more funds, as soon as they have researched the law, and actually start the legal proceedings, so I would like to know exactly what is the situation. As for the reviews, that is up to you to write them, and I will not take any part in that. I am already $ 15,000 down, and I would be very surprised if that money has not already been spent by the attorneys, so the deeper I get into, the harder it will be to justify stopping the case. Please clarify your position urgently, because the meter is running, even if you don't see anything yet. Claude


I guess you get the general drift of where this guy is going. Jail? Sue me? Spit in my face? nazi regime of Hitler? racist? Huh? The bottom line is: do you really want to gamble at a casino owned by a guy like this when there are so many legitimate operators out there?

I can only provide a partial list of casinos run by this man. Click back to not recommended for some of his sites. Please note that some sites in this category MAY NOT be run by Mr. Levy. He is constantly obtaining new domain names and "opening" new sites. His latest ploy is to piggyback on the name of established, legitimate casinos. Please feel free to contact me if you have any personal experience on this operator, good or bad.

I am presently trying to track down other aspects of this man's business practises. Click back often, the Claude Levy saga continues.

Despite Claude's numerous threats, as of September 12, 1998, neither I nor my ISP has heard anything from Claude or his lawyers.

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