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US Online Gambling Update

US Online Gambling Update
There has recently been a change of opinion from the United States Department of Justice. The issue in question is how the Wire Act of 1961 affects various forms of online gambling. The Department of Justice has explained that its legal counsel has looked more carefully at the Wire Act, and is of the opinion that the act is not about all forms of online gambling, and only about sports gambling. Up until now, the federal authorities in the United States used the Wire Act to prohibit all forms of online gambling. The Wire Act was not used in isolation since the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) has effectively rendered online gambling illegal in the United States since it bans all online gambling transactions. However, many of the prohibitions to do with online gambling in the US have recently been connected to the Wire Act. The statement from the United States Department of Justice included the following: “The Department of Justice’s view is and has been for some time that all forms of Internet gambling, including sports wagering, casino games and card games, are illegal under federal law. While many of the federal statutes do not use the term ‘Internet gambling,’ we believe that the statutory language is sufficient to cover it.” The statement further noted: “The Criminal Division’s premise is incorrect and that the Wire Act prohibits only the transmission of communications related to bets or wagers on sporting events or contests.” While this will affect how online gambling is looked at in a legal sense, there are other issues that need to be addressed. For example, the American Gaming Association is still of the opinion that online gambling needs to be regulated and legalized on a federal level. This would be important because of the safety for consumers and it “would prevent fraud and money laundering, address problem gambling and ensure players aren’t being cheated.” Related Posts Two of Top Five Games of 2011 from Microgaming Playtech Releases Eight Online Casino Games A 3D Scratch Slot Launched by NeoGames Mega Moolah Hit Before New Years New Slot from Rival Gaming   Share on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace…

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