..

Nevada, Delaware Multi-State Online Poker Compact Draws Ire of Congress

Written by:
Associated Press
Published on:
Mar/20/2014

(Associated Press) - Nevada and Delaware’s recent agreement to launch the nation’s first collaborative, interstate online poker zone appears to have drawn a backlash from gambling’s opponents in Congress, who are planning to drop a bill rolling back the legal opinion underlying the recent deal.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is planning on formally releasing legislation to roll back the 2011 Justice Department reading of the Wire Act next week, when Congress returns to Washington.

Unlike many recent online gaming bills, the legislation would include no carve-out for online poker; it would simply undo the Justice Department opinion that determined Internet gaming transactions are legal between states where gambling is legal.

That decision, in late December 2011, overturned decades of precedent — tradition that reached back to before the Internet even existed, as the Wire Act was written in 1961.

“For 50 years the Wire Act was interpreted one way, and then two days before Christmas, the DOJ decides to change that interpretation,” said M.J. Henshaw, a spokeswoman for Chaffetz. “The bill would restore the original interpretation of the Wire Act pre-December 2011, the one that was issued by the DOJ.”

But while the Wire Act reinterpretation is now years old, the idea that any states would act on it is only as old as the Nevada-Delaware initiative, announced last month.

Henshaw would not say if the Nevada-Delaware partnership had been the impetus of the bill per se, but did remark: “We were wondering when somebody was going to pick up on this” when asked about a possible connection.

“The issue of Internet gambling, both sides have strong arguments, so if we’re going to allow Internet gambling in this country, it needs to go through.

Gambling News

Odds Say Tokyo Olympics Will be Cancelled

Odds Say Tokyo Olympics Will be Cancelled

With the Coronvirus spreading like wildfire, primarily through Asia, a handful of sportsbooks have begun offering odds on whether the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be cancelled.

The Gambling911.com Crime Blog

The Gambling911.com Crime Blog: Brother of Bears’ Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher Indicted for Role in Running Offshore Sportsbook

Welcome to the Gambling911.com Crime Blog, all the latest news and social media stories about gambling-related crime as well as organized crime.

How Do I Register With an Illinois Online Sportsbook?

How Do I Register With an Illinois Online Sportsbook?

Illinois is about to begin offering legalized sports betting with in-state licensed wagering sites.  One will be able to place bets via their mobile devices.  There is one catch, however.  In-person registration is required.  Experts believe this will steer folks to offshore sportsbooks, which already cater to Illinois residents and offer top bonuses.

Tribal Casino Sports Betting Bill Advances in WA Legislature

Tribal Casino Sports Betting Bill Advances in WA Legislature

A bill to allow Washington tribal casinos to offer betting on sports events is moving forward in the Legislature.

Gambling and Sports Betting News February 25, 2020: NFL Further Warms to Gambling by Allowing Stadium Betting Lounges

In 2015 the NFL famously forced the shutdown of a fantasy football convention in Las Vegas citing concerns about gambling affecting the “integrity of the game.”  A number of then current NFL players were behind the event.

Syndicate