US Department of Justice Reverses Verdict on Online Gambling
The US Wire Act of 1961
In 2011 December and late last year, the interpretation of the Wire Act of 1961 was a got topic for the United States DOJ. The opinion formed in 2011 had changed the interpretation of internet gambling, only applying to online sports gambling. This initial ruling favored operators that sought to supply intrastate casino games, the lottery, and poker gambling. The law that stood for 50 years stated that it prohibited “the transmission in interstate or foreign commerce of bets or wagers or information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers on any sporting event or contest.” Following further discussion regarding the grammatical use of the term sports, the opinion was formed that it was too ambiguous to apply to all forms of gambling.
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The Department of Justice’s Criminal Division got the ball rolling in its pursuit to prosecutes illegal gambling in America. The Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), Stephen Engel, expanded on what the new interpretation would mean for online gambling in the USA.
“The 2011 opinion, in our view, incorrectly interpreted the limitation on any sporting event or contest to apply beyond the second prohibition that it directly follows: the prohibition on transmitting ‘information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers’,” he explained.
While the opinion is merely that, an opinion and not binding, it does open a can of worms for the future of online gambling in America. The matter is still going to be deliberated in the courts, and players can use the time to maximize their profits at any of our legal casino sites online.