Department of Justice to Delay Wire Act Enforcement

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The United States Department of Justice is giving betting operators until the middle of June to comply with the group's new interpretation of The Wire Act of 1961, clamping down on sportsbetting and internet gambling.

Back in January the DoJ reversed the 2011 opinion by the same department that said the Wire Act of 1961 didn't apply to internet gambling. Somehow, the department said that the law's intent was to cover the internet, which didn't exist at the time. When the reversal came, operators were given until April 15th to comply or face legal action, but they've extended the deadline by 60 days to allow for groups to fall in line.

The change in deadline will give affected states the chance to get their lawsuits in, as lawmakers that have legalized sportsbetting and internet betting within their borders have vowed to take action to protect their rights. The states of New Jersey, and Pennsylvania have already put in their lawsuits, and have vowed to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if need be.

We'll be following this story and will update readers as we learn more.

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6 March 2019 - 12:46pm

Somehow, the department said that the law's intent was to cover the internet, which didn't exist at the time. ridiculous that don't even know how to comment that.

So,...there's a chance of Internet gambling to be banned at all in the states if NJ and the rest of the states which''ll bring a lawsuits in fact loose in court and that would make the latest interpretation of the 1961 Wire Act (which seems to be hilarious) to enter into force, is that right Slim?

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6 March 2019 - 6:29pm

How is this expected to impact online casinos accepting American players?

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7 March 2019 - 6:15am

Only time will tell. There is no law saying online gambling is illegal, so opponents of online gambling are trying to shoehorn an old law that has nothing to do with the internet in rather than make a new law, which I presume is a much more difficult thing to do. States such as New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania and others that have legalised and regulated casinos and poker aren't going to take that lying down as it would kneecap these new industries they have created.

Also I read recently that Sheldon "the CryptKeeper" Adelson is sick with cancer. He might not be around for much longer. He is supposed to be a major driver behind this change of interpretation, as he donates a lot of money to the Republican party and expects his land casino interests to be protected in return. That is pretty much all this debate really boils down to, it has nothing to do with consumer protection, or addiction, or supposed crime or anything else.


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16 March 2019 - 9:30am

Hahaha what kind of lawyer stands in front of a judge in his courtroom and argues that the law was intended for something that didnt exist at the time lol.
Judge Judy would have ripped him a new one and sent him packing lol