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    Default New Wire Act ruling by Court of Appeals in US expands iGaming potential

    In case you missed it, on 20 January the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the decision of a lower court to allow the New Hampshire Lottery Commission to continue to sell lottery tickets online, finding that such online sales were not in violation of the Wire Act of 1961.

    You may remember the New Hampshire Lottery brought the suit as a challenge to a 2018 Department of Justice opinion.

    The NH Lottery prevailed at the federal district court level and on appeal to the First Circuit, as both courts interpreted the language of the Wire Act to apply only to bets or wagers placed on “sporting event[s] or contests.” This 2018 opinion superseded a 2011 opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel interpreting the Wire Act to only apply to “the placing of bets or wagers on any sporting event or contest.”

    From Online Poker Report:

    As first reported on Twitter by Jeff Ifrah, a lawyer affiliated with the litigation, the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the plaintiff. It thus upholds the decision of a lower court, reaffirming that the DOJ’s new interpretation of the law is invalid.
    Ifrah serves as council for IDEA Growth, an association of operators, payment processors and other companies related to online gambling. Subsequent to our publication of this article, IDEA released its own statement including commentary from Ifrah.

    “This landmark decision is a victory for states’ rights; for clear reading of federal statutes, and for the gaming industry and its customers,” he said. “Uncertainty surrounding the ambit of the Wire Act has been a cloud over the internet gaming industry since 2018. Today’s decision will hopefully put to rest the question of whether federal law prohibits states from licensing internet gaming within their borders and compacting with each other to allow such gaming on an interstate basis.”

    “DOJ doesn’t often lose litigation over the meaning of federal statutes. However, the OLC’s 2018 opinion was so misguided that the court resoundingly rejected it.”
    Read more here: https://www.onlinepokerreport.com/46...j-on-wire-act/

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    Unfortunately, this may disrupt the offshore operators sooner than I had hoped.

    Bah.

    Humbug.
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    SO skill based gambling like sports betting is considered "bad" (but only if it's done online) ...
    But -EV idiot gambling like lotteries are good despite the fact these are predominately low income buyers?

    How back-to-front is the US gambling scene after decades of special interest lobbying!!??

    Pathetic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGooner View Post
    SO skill based gambling like sports betting is considered "bad" (but only if it's done online) ...
    But -EV idiot gambling like lotteries are good despite the fact these are predominately low income buyers?

    How back-to-front is the US gambling scene after decades of special interest lobbying!!??

    Pathetic.
    You hit the nail on the head. Special interest lobbying is the problem. It should be abolished and politicians should have term-limits so that they can not push their sugar-daddy industry for decades at a time.

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