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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Online Poker Bill Introduced in New York Assembly

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You can’t fault New York Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow for a lack of persistence. The biggest champion of online poker in that chamber of the state legislature has once again introduced a bill to legalize internet poker in the Empire State. Online poker has had some success in Albany, though it has obviously never been… Read more »

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West Virginia Online Gambling Bill Introduced

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Perhaps the new Wire Act opinion from the Department of Justice won’t slow down online gambling, after all. A bill was recently introduced in the West Virginia House of Delegates that would legalize and regulate online gambling in the state. The West Virginia Lottery Interactive Wagering Act (H 2934) could end up permitting virtually any… Read more »

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Acting Attorney General Tells Congress He Was Not Involved in Wire Act Opinion

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During a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee regarding the special counsel investigation last week, Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was surprisingly asked a question about his involvement in January’s new opinion on the Wire Act issued by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). Whitaker denied any involvement. The opinion, as has… Read more »

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Lottery Trade Association Speaks Out Against New Wire Act Opinion

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The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL), a non-profit trade association of 52 lottery organizations in the United States and Canada, has responded to the Justice Department’s reversal of the 2011 Wire Act Opinion. As one might expect, the response is not a positive one, as NASPL believes the reinterpretation “creates a… Read more »

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Responses to Reversal of DOJ Online Gaming Decision: “Unfortunate,” Planning for Next Steps

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Since the U. S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel issued a reversal last Monday of the 2011 decision by the Obama Administration’s decision regarding online sports betting, gaming and poker, there have been a flurry of opinions on the issue. Some entities have called the new opinion “unfortunate,” while other organizations are tempering… Read more »

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DoJ Reverses 2011 OLC Wire Act Opinion, Decides Wire Act Applies to All Interstate Online Gambling

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Around Christmas of 2011, the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) issued an opinion on the Wire Act, saying that it online made interstate online sports betting illegal, not all interstate online gambling. This paved the way for states to begin legalizing online gambling and so far, four – Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey,… Read more »

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Online Poker Bill Introduced in New York Senate

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Online poker is once again on the table in the New York state legislature, as a bill has been introduced that would legalize and regulate the pastime. Senate Bill 18, sponsored by Senator Joseph Addabbo (D – 15th District), would only legalize online poker, not online casino games, which have been more profitable in other… Read more »

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