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

State legislatures continue to be much more receptive to sports betting than internet gambling but the founder of an online gaming trade association is hoping Michigan may buck the trend.

West Virginia’s top gaming regulator said Thursday he is “very optimistic” that two mobile sports-betting applications will launch in the...

The online gaming industry appears to have the upper hand in its battle with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over the U.S. Wire Act of...

Regulatory Research

This report outlines the current legal and regulatory framework for different forms of internet gambling at the federal and state level,...
In this special Q&A, GamblingCompliance provides analysis of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) reversal of its own 2011 legal opinion...
This roundup of key legislative and regulatory developments from February 2019 includes information on gaming litigation in New Hampshire;...