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02/06/2012
By Tommie ClarkGoogle

The U.S. Department of Justice has recently released a legal clarification of the Federal Wire Act of 1961.  Until this new decision, the Wire Act was used to uniformly prohibit gambling via any form of electronic communication.  Now, the Office of Legal Council has clarified that the Criminal Division’s prior understanding was erroneous and the proper understanding of the bill limits its provisions to sports betting only.  This means that the bill can not be used in regard to casino games.

 

John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, praised what he called “a much needed clarification” of a bill that was out of date and vaguely worded.  His hope is that the new policy will allow Washington lawmakers to advance legislation that will legalize and regulate online gambling.  He asked that Congress legislate on the federal level in order to allow proper interstate gaming while avoiding the complications caused by a myriad of different state ordinances and laws.

 

Professor I. N. Rose, a well known expert on issues of gambling and law, predicted that online casino gambling will receive some sort of legal framework in most of the fifty states within ten years.  He described a scenario in which federal law did not prevent states from legislating individualized state-level gambling laws.  He said that it is only natural for states to protect their own interests and try to keep gamblers local.  Therefore, it stands to reason that states will attempt to open their “borders” to as wide an audience as possible in order to maximize their revenue. 

 

Even though the new decision does already save potential USA online casinos from the Wire Act, the PPA nonetheless stressed that it is necessary for Congress to make clear laws regulating online gaming.

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