US authorities have begun an effort to ban all forms of Internet gambling, reversing courses from a 2011 decision and imperiling a burgeoning online wagering sector in Several American States.
The justice Department earlier this month released a legal opinion stating that any form of online betting, not just sports betting, would be a violation of the federal Wire Act.
“It could have a significant impact but it will depend on whether the DoJ strictly enforces its new interpretation,” said Jennifer Roberts, Associate director of the International Center for Gaming regulations at the Nevada Las Vegas.
“Even if the betting that takes place in a jurisdictions where it’s legal, if the communication is routed into another state that could trigger the Wire Act.” Roberts told AFP.
“A 90 day window will give business that relied on the 2011… Opinion time to bring their operations into compliance with federal law,” Rosenstein said.
“This is an internal exercise of prosecutorial discretion, it is not a safe harbour for violations of the Wire Act.”
Casino Operators Including Caesars Entertainment and Golden Nuggets now take online bets where legally allowed, making it as easy to wager as tapping on a smartphone.