Seven years after an original Department of Justice (DOJ) legal opinion cleared the way for states to regulate online casino, poker and lottery games, the legal landscape for U.S. online gaming has been clouded by a sudden move by the Trump administration to reverse that opinion and advise that the 1961 Wire Act applies to gambling activities beyond sports betting, after all.

Although the opinion of the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel might ultimately be contested in court, it raises new legal questions for interstate gambling activities and may even jeopardize lawful intrastate gaming and sports betting, depending on how or whether the opinion is actually enforced.

See below for GamblingCompliance’s coverage of DOJ opinions on the Wire Act and how they intersect with other federal laws.

Insight & Analysis

In just over seven years, the U.S. Department of Justice has issued two completely different opinions on the 1961 Wire Act and internet gambling, raising the question of whether this enigmatic federal statute should be overhauled to address technological advances or perhaps even scrapped...

Pennsylvania regulators will require all internet gambling servers to be located within the state to create a “fully intrastate gaming...

Gordon Medenica, director of the Maryland Lottery, on Thursday said this week’s decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to reverse a...

Regulatory Research

This report outlines the current legal and regulatory framework for different forms of internet gambling at the federal and state level,...
This report provides a summary of key federal laws for gambling regulation and enforcement in the United States.

Data

Las Vegas Sands’ (LVS) unsuccessful bid to ban U.S. Internet gambling in the fourth quarter of 2014 did not push federal lobbying spend substantially up compared with the preceding quarter, according to new data from GamblingCompliance Research Services.