As an American gambler, I was thrilled to hear about the Department of Justice's change of stance on the Wire Act. What this meant for me, and many of my fellow online gamblers is that we were justified in knowing what we were doing was NOT illegal. Vindication was ours, and I felt that things would loosen up for us Yankee players as more companies re-entered the American market.
I was wrong.
Instead of a desired opening marketplace, I among many other gamblers are seeing things getting even tighter. Deposit and withdrawal options are being compromised at an almost record rate, and the list of casinos jumping out of the American market is growing.
Frankly, I find this to be a discouraging sign of the times. If the act of online gambling is not illegal, why are so many of these casinos clearing the market? Are operators trying to make nice with the US government so that they can re-enter the market (legally) in the future?
Are they afraid of government interaction of some sort? I don't see why this would be a major concern, as the government has rarely gone after any of the other offshore gambling facilities we have seen.
I really am quite perplexed as to why things are still tightening up. Do any of you out there in CL-Land have any theories? What tightening have you experienced? Where do you see the online market in the US going with the changes to the Wire Act defense?