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U.S. Justice Dept broadens restrictions on internet gambling

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...strictions-on-internet-gambling-idUSKCN1P91XD

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department will effectively prohibit online gambling and lottery businesses, experts said on Tuesday, after it decided to broaden its interpretation of rules governing interstate sports gambling to other forms of betting.

The department’s Office of Legal Counsel said in a November 2018 opinion, not released until late Monday, that a 1961 law called the Wire Act does in fact apply to interstate online poker and casino games, not just sports bets.
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Expect a lot of law suits over this as internet gambling is already big business in NJ. Their ads run frequently in the Greater Phila TV market. You have to be located physically in NJ to wager so there is a lot of traffic from adjacent states from people driving to NJ to place bets.
 

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Again?

I remember playing some low-stakes online poker way back. Then it was banned under Bush. Then, I was under the impression, opened up again under Obama. (I want to say around 2013). Now they're going back again.... ? I guess it must have been closed and re-opened via agency regulation rather than legislation. Wasn't paying attention.



I'd do it, except for the prevalence of programs that collect data on how opponents you have played bet previously. I consider that cheating, as it expands the user's knowledge well beyond what they'd be able to remember in an in-person game, even if they do have a good feel for someone they've been up against before.
 
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