24th of December 2011 Author: Glo Wood
US gamblers may very well have the best Christmas present of all with news that comes from the Department of Justice (DOJ) the Friday before Christmas weekend.
The federal Wire Act of 1961 has long been the noose that the DOJ held a strong position against Internet gambling. The interpretation of the Wire Act has shifted and now only applies to sports betting revealed the DOJ.
'The Department's Office of Legal Counsel ('OLC') has analyzed the scope of the Wire Act, 18 U.S.c Â§ 1084, and concluded that it is limited only to sports betting,' U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole wrote in a letter on Friday.
The stubborn stance asserting all forms of Internet gambling illegal has now changed the outlook and may open the doors to online state lotteries and other forms of online gambling including poker.
For the US gambler it is long overdue and offers a ray of hope to free them from the chains that have taken away their freedom. Since the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act of 2006 (UIGEA) preventing US players to gamble online there has been a strong disdain for government policies.
The new position on the Wire Act although victorious for US gamblers, basically amounts to what behooves the best interest of the government and not the freedoms of the people.
In an economical climate of great strife it only makes perfect sense to overturn 1961 law. After all how could a law put in place 50 years ago ever fathom the future state of the US government's overspending, leaving a super power nation in a critical serious deficit?
The American public has held high hopes of a UIGEA reversal for 5 years now. So does this mean the US player will be playing online poker or spinning the online slots anytime soon? In an election year there is going to be strong opposition against it. Again, let us not forget it is what behooves the government and political power of election hopefuls.
The sooner the ban is lifted the better for the entire nation that will benefit by generating billions of dollars. And in the process remove the shackles that have taken away the rights of the American gambler.
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