Online gambling looking a bit more legal

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Dec 252011

Both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog are covering news from the DOJ that a 50 year old law may not actually be a barrier to online gambling as it earlier had asserted.

The legal opinion, issued by the department’s office of legal counsel in September but made public on Friday, came in response to requests by New York and Illinois to clarify whether the Wire Act of 1961, which prohibits wagering over telecommunications systems that cross state or national borders, prevented those states from using the Internet to sell lottery tickets to adults within their own borders.

Although the opinion dealt specifically with lottery tickets, it opened the door for states to allow Internet poker and other forms of online betting that do not involve sports. Many states are interested in online gambling as a way to raise tax revenue.

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