US Legalization Hype Dying Down

By Debra SaundersGoogle

This past December, the U.S. Department of Justice Legal Commission redefined the 1961 Federal Wire Act to exclude online casino gambling.  The decision caused much excitement in the internet gambling community.  However, online casino reviews and other industry experts are now saying that the excitement might have been premature; there are more legal hurdles to overcome before intrastate online casinos can become legal in the United States.

Gaming analyst Andrew Zarnett of Deutsche Bank prepared a research report saying that the intrastate online gambling legalization hype was out of place.  He explained that the good news is that what was once an issue of whether or not online gambling should be legalized in America has now become an issue of when can online gambling become legalized.  The bad news is that there is no clear indication that intrastate online gambling will actually become legal in the near future.  He suggested that those interested in promoting USA online casinos should focus on legalizing gambling within individual states.  Using the precedent of land-based casinos, state lotteries, and horse racing, Zarnett posited that local online gambling could be obtained in individual states without the difficulties of tackling online gambling on Capitol Hill.

Jennifer Carleton, a Las Vegas lawyer, explained that though the USDOJ’s revision is a positive step forward, nothing is stopping them from reversing the decision in the future.  Therefore, as much as the gambling community can rejoice about the recent decision, any celebration is temporary until permanent measures are taken at the federal level.  Locally, Nevada has already legislated regulations for online poker locally in the hope that eventually their licensed casinos will be able to operate across state lines as well. 

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