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Regulated Online Poker Coming To America

by Brendan Murray |  Published: Mar 01, 2012

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Just before Christmas the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed what many shrewd observers had figured out a long time ago — online poker in the U.S. was not illegal under the infamous Interstate Wire Act of 1961. Specifically, the Wire Act only referred to sports betting. This will prove a pyrrhic victory for the legal advisors of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and UltimateBet/Absolute Poker whose advice post-Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in 2006 indicated as much. Companies such as PartyGaming erred on the side of caution and interpreted poker as being outlawed under the act but a 13-page document dated Sept. 20, 2011 and published at the Justice.gov website says the correct interpretation is that the law only prohibits sports betting. This info seems too little too late for the big hitters in the game who were forced out of the market after Black Friday and some of whose owners ...


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