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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. 

Insight & Analysis

Former Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, who presided over his state’s successful launch of internet gambling in 2013, is reportedly being considered by President Trump to replace fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

A paradigm shift on gambling by Globo, Brazil’s largest media conglomerate, could be pivotal in the ongoing debate over the legalization of casinos and other gaming operations in South America’s largest country, according to a senior executive of Las Vegas Sands.

The internet gaming industry had a scary false alarm and tribal casinos came up empty this week as leaders in Congress crafted a $1.3trn omnibus spending package, which must pass by midnight on Friday to keep the federal government from running out of money.

New Jersey’s congressional delegation has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to avoid taking action that would threaten the state’s online casinos, a market which grew 25 percent this year and is set to see further revenue gains in 2018.

Four Republican congressmen are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to discard its controversial 2011 memo which has led to the legalization of internet gambling in four states.

Two U.S. senators are pushing the U.S. Department of Justice to withdraw its 2011 opinion that effectively cleared the way for state-regulated internet casino gambling, according to a letter obtained by GamblingCompliance on Monday.

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Las Vegas Sands’ (LVS) unsuccessful bid to ban U.S. Internet gambling in the fourth quarter of 2014 did not push federal lobbying spend...