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December 26, 2011

US internet gambling receives shot in the arm from US DOJ

According to the US Justice Department, online betting not related to sporting events falls outside the reach of federal law

By CBR Staff Writer

The US administration has given a go-ahead for states to legalise some forms of online betting.

According to the US Justice Department (DOJ), online betting not related to sporting events falls outside the reach of federal law.

Though the opinion was more to do with lottery tickets in particular, it has opened the gates for states to allow some forms of online betting.

According to the Wall Street journal, as of now, Internet poker is legal only within Nevada state and though Washington, D.C. has legalised it, it has not yet been implemented. Many states are interested in online gambling as it allows them to raise tax revenues.

The DOJ had until now held that online gambling in all forms was illegal under the Wire Act of 1961, which bars wagers via telecommunications that cross state lines or international borders, according to Reuters.

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