Wire Act: Federal Judge Rules The 1961 Act Is Limited To Sports Gambling

Wire Act: Federal Judge Rules The 1961 Act Is Limited To Sports Gambling

A federal District Court Judge, Paul Barbadoro, has ruled that the 1961 Wire act is “limited to sports gambling.”

The 63-page judgment has come in favor of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission opening doors for regulated shared liquidity online poker in the US. Following the judgment now the shared liquidity interstate online poker deals would not face any problems with the US Department of Justice.

“Online gambling is as legal as it’s ever been in the US, sports betting laws are unaffected, and it’s business as usual for state lotteries,” wrote OPR contributor Eric Ramsey.

Following the new regulation, it is very much possible that the current Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement between New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware will remain as it is. Also, reports suggest that Pennsylvania may now join the interstate agreement.

Pennsylvania is all set to launch online casino and gambling, including online poker from July 2019. The state has already legalized sports betting.

Earlier in April, The US Department of Justice had said that the state lotteries are exempt from the controversial wire act. The new statement came as a revision of the justice department’s new stance on the 1961 Wire Act.

The entire controversy around the 1961 Wire Act began when The US Department of Justice reversed its opinion on the act. The act was initially drafted to restrict betting over telegram or telephone; however, the US Department of Justice changed its opinion and said that online gambling come in the purview of the act.

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