White House Says that States Can Permit Online Poker

By Debra SaundersGoogle

An online petition that received nearly 10,000 electronic signatures calling for the legalization and regulation of online poker has been addressed by the Obama administration. Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council issued a statement on behalf of the White House.

The statement essentially says that it should be the decision of individual states to decide whether or not they want to allow the playing of online poker and online casino games at top rated online casinos within their borders.

The statement read, “The Administration understands that many Americans engage in paid online poker games for entertainment purposes. Online gambling on sporting events or contests violates federal law. The legality of other forms of online gambling is dependent upon the law of the states where the bettor or gambling business is located. It is left to each state to determine whether it wishes to permit such activity between its residents and an online poker business authorized by that state to accept such wagers, but online gambling that is not authorized by state law may also violate federal statutes.”

In the release, the administration also expressed their opinion on the need for restrictions on online casino games sites in an effort to prevent minors from access, fraud, telemarketing scams, and money laundering schemes because of the reach of the internet.

The statement concluded by saying that the Obama administration will continue to monitor the issue and are open to solutions that would help protect against individuals falling prey to any illegal activity regarding online casino games.


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