State-regulated online gambling ban may be reintroduced

The move follows lobbying by a number of groups to restore America’s Interstate Wire Act, which would effectively outlaw any form of internet gaming in the country.

Jeff Sessions, the US Attorney General is reportedly considering the reintroduction of a federal ban on all state-regulated online gambling in the US.

 

Reports in the Huffington Post say that Sessions could consider reintroducing the ban despite a lack of public support and strong opposition from the National Governors Association.

The move follows lobbying by a number of groups to restore America’s Interstate Wire Act, which would effectively outlaw any form of internet gaming in the country.

A 2011 US circuit court ruling which said that the act only applied to sports betting created a legal loophole which allowed individual states to legalise online gaming within their boundaries.

So far only New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware have taken the option to introduce a state-regulated online gaming service, with a number of other states currently considering similar schemes.

Chris Grove, a consultant working in the regulated gambling market, said that the reintroduction of a federal ban would “be a tremendous loss for consumers and states” adding that “it would be a massive victory for the illegal, offshore betting industry”.

Source: Gambling Insider

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