Politico: DOJ New Stance on Internet Gambling Splits Tribes

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Patrick Flanigan
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Politico:  DOJ New Stance on Internet Gambling Splits Tribes

A new ruling by the Department of Justice stipulating that The Wire Act no longer applies to online poker has caused a split between the Indian tribes in the US.  The tribes have long resisted legalized Internet gambling. 

From Politico.com

Some tribes see the ruling as a potential business opportunity, creating a chance to expand their gaming operations to the Web. But others who don’t have money to invest in online sites, say they can’t compete with flashy Las Vegas sites or fear cannibalizing brick-and-mortar gambling operations.

Tribal leaders and American Indian casinos, however, mostly agree that federal online poker legislation as written — which would make online gaming legal across the land, except in states that opt out — would squeeze tribes too hard.

“Now they are concerned that this ruling is going to be the impetus for the federal legislation,” said Penny Coleman, a lawyer who represents tribal nations. “They’re worried there’s going to be this big push now.”


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- Patrick Flanagan, Gambling911.com

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