Wire Act Memo Clouds Pennsylvania I-Gaming As Industry Ponders Fallout

The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) new opinion on the scope of the federal Wire Act could disrupt the planned launch of online casino gaming in Pennsylvania, with regulators now poised to revisit rules allowing companies to streamline operations by using servers in neighboring New Jersey.

Although the prospect remains that the DOJ’s advisory opinion could be overturned through a legal challenge, Pennsylvania’s yet-to-launch i-gaming market is one of several pockets of the industry now facing possible disruption as a result of Monday’s guidance that the federal Wire Act’s ban on interstate gambling transmissions extends beyond sports betting to casino, poker and lottery games.

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