Online Poker Report

September 20, 2011: DOJ Weighs In On Online Gambling

US Department of Justice

At the behest of the Illinois and New York lotteries, the DOJ’s legal counsel reexamines federal law as it pertains to online gambling.

Following the review, an opinion written by Assistant Attorney General Virginia Seitz clarifies that the 1961 Wire Act applies only to sports betting. Her opinion runs counter to a 2002 DOJ policy memo which had broadened its scope.

The 2011 OLC opinion paves the way for states to legalize online lotteries, casino games, and poker within their borders. And several states jump at the opportunity.

Steve Ruddock
- Steve covers nearly every angle of online poker in his job as a full-time freelance poker writer. His primary focus for OPR is the developing legal and legislative picture for regulated US online poker and gambling.
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