Ukraine Cracks Down on Gambling in Massive Raids

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The country of Ukraine is once again finding itself in the news and not for some of the other things that have been floating around over the past couple of years. In a massive raid ordered by the President of the country, Ukrainian law enforcement has cracked down on “illegal” gambling in the country, resulting… Read more »

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Michigan Legalizes Online Poker

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We are approaching seven years since online poker first went live in Nevada. Since then, just three other states – New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania – have sprouted online poker rooms.* It’s sad, really. At least a fifth state will soon be added to that list, as Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation on Friday… Read more »

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Is Michigan Again On Pace to Pass Online Gaming Regulations?

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Over the past few years, there have been several states that have teased people with the potential to pass online gaming regulations. Pennsylvania did it for some time before pushing it through in 2017, now they’ve opened full online casino gaming and online poker with PokerStars. There isn’t another state on the horizon at this… Read more »

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Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Voices Support for Nationwide Legalized Online Poker

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The political side of online poker has languished in the background for several years now. At this moment, it is currently getting about as much attention on the national political scene as what position a candidate has regarding eradicating Athlete’s Foot. But one Tweet can change the conversations completely and that Tweet came out yesterday.… Read more »

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DOJ to Appeal Wire Act Lawsuit Defeat

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We all hoped they would just go away. Just stop. But we knew they would be back. On Friday, the Department of Justice filed a Notice of Appeal of the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire’s Wire Act ruling from June. In that ruling, US District Judge Paul J. Barbadoro said that… Read more »

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Iowa Legalizes Sports Betting

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 617 into law on Monday, legalizing sports betting in the state. Though the law is effective immediately, no sports betting is available yet, as the regulations still need to be hammered out. “Gov. Reynolds believes that legalizing sports betting will bring this practice out of an unregulated black… Read more »

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NJ Sues DOJ Over Delayed Wire Act FOIA Request

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In January, the Wall Street Journal reported that Sheldon Adelson was the main influence behind the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel’s (OLC) new opinion on the Wire Act. The new opinion said that the Wire Act makes all interstate online gambling illegal, reversing a 2011 opinion that said only online sports betting… Read more »

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DoJ Continues Defense of Awful Wire Act Opinion

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The U.S. Department of Justice is starting to show its cards in defense of the lawsuit brought by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission (NHLC) over the DoJ’s revised opinion on the Wire Act and to my non-lawyer eyes, the Department’s hand looks weak. That doesn’t mean that hand won’t win, though. To review, the DoJ’s… Read more »

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Here Comes Michigan

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Last year, Michigan lawmakers passed a trio of bills that would have legalized online gambling in the state, but Governor Rick Snyder vetoed them on his way out the door. Early on in the new legislative year, another bill has been introduced and is already starting to roll. 2018 Bill Couldn’t Get Past the Governor… Read more »

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Wire Act Compliance Window Extended by DoJ

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The United States Department of Justice has decided to extend the grace period during which online gaming operators will not be prosecuted for violations of the Wire Act under the Office of Legal Counsel’s (OLC) recent re-interpretation. The directive was set forth by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein via a memo to the director of… Read more »

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Georgia House Committee Passes Casino Gambling Resolution

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There have been small pushes in the state of Georgia over the last several years to legalize casino gambling, but not until last week has there been any sort of progress in the state capitol. It is a very small step, but on Friday, March 1st, the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee unanimously passed… Read more »

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