A judgment from the U.S. DOJ might make internet lotteries and internet poker legal, experts claim.
The DOJ has adjusted its stance on the Wire Act of 1961, the agency determined the law’s prohibiting of betting through telecommunications that traverse state lines or foreign borders pertains only to sports betting wagers but not to lotto tickets purchased on the internet.
Even though the DOJ’s determination fails to expressly reference internet poker, industry experts claim it may be a step toward legalization of playing poker online.
Prior to this the agency has vigorously enforced the prohibition regarding internet poker citing the Wire Act, shutting down 3 of the largest on-line poker sites: Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet network, Full Tilt Poker and Pokerstars stating violation of the act by servicing US players.
“The U . S . DOJ has granted the internet poker community a huge present,” Prof. I. Nelson Rose of Whittier University of Law recently blogged.
“If the Wire Act is restricted to wagers on sporting events and races, how many federal anti-gambling laws remain?” Rose writes.
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