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sabato 3 luglio 2021

This Week in Gambling: US poker set to explode again

It's a great week of gambling news for online poker in America. After years of claiming that web based poker was illegal, the U.S. Department of Justice has finally given up its crusade to criminalize the activity. Now, states are free to regulate online poker and set up pacts across borders. That means we are set for a new online poker explosion.

When it comes to U.S. online poker and gambling, the U.S. Department of Justice has finally raised the white flag. They will not appeal their most recent loss in the Federal Wire Act case, and that means we could be in for an explosion of legal online poker across the country.

This all began when the New Hampshire Lottery sued the Justice Department back in 2019 after they had changed their opinion on the Wire Act. That change would have made web based poker and casino games across state lines a Federal crime, and threatened lotteries as well.

The DOJ lost that case when a judge decided that the 1961 Wire Act did, in fact, only apply to bets placed on sporting events… and even then, only those bets which crossed state lines. The Justice Department appealed that decision and lost a second time earlier this year.

After losing the case in the appellant process, the time to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was limited to 150 days. That timeline expired on 21 June, and the DOJ released a statement that day which read quite plainly: “The government is not planning to seek Supreme Court review of the First Circuit’s decision”. Now Pennsylvania online poker and Michigan online poker could be set for an online gambling explosion with cross border play.


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