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Quotable quotes on the D.O.J. change of gambling policy

Two prominent gambling professionals have issued opinions on internet gambling legislation following the Department of Justice's opinion that online gambling does not violate the Wire Act.

Speaking on his blog, Whittier Law Professor and gambling analyst I. Nelson Rose opined:

"There is as little chance of this Congress passing a new Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act as there is of it passing a repeal of the UIGEA.… My bet is that … Congress will continue to do nothing, while Internet gambling explodes across the nation, made legal under state laws."'

Frank Fahrenkopf of the American Gaming Association also commented, saying "I don't think that based upon the DoJ decision, states are given an automatic imprimatur. The DOJ decision leaves open a lot of questions.… It creates more confusion than clarity."

Fahrenkopf is on record as sayng that the DoJ's opinioin does not have the force of authority like a court would and that the opinion can be challenged in the courts. Fahrenkopf and the AGA favor federal legislation.

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