Five years after a legal opinion cleared the way for states to regulate online casino and poker games, the U.S. gaming industry continues to fight a bitter civil war on Capitol Hill over internet gambling.

On one side is Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands, which is waging a campaign to institute a federal ban on all online wagering. On the other is Caesars Entertainment and a number of other companies who are fighting to stave off a federal prohibition.

At the center of the legislative debate is the Wire Act, a 1961 anti-gambling law.

The U.S. Department of Justice concluded in 2011 that the Wire Act of 1961 applies only to sports betting, and not other forms of interactive gambling.

But proposed legislation — entitled Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) — would see Congress extend the 1961 law’s scope to prohibit online operations already live in New Jersey, Nevada and other states, while curtailing any further expansion. 

See below for GamblingCompliance’s coverage of federal legislation to ban internet gambling. 

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