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Scanning the headlines, spot the following — “Web gambling gets boost from Obama administration“.  Look at the actual article and see an explanation:

A Justice Department opinion dated September and made public on Friday reversed decades of previous policy that included civil and criminal charges against operators of some of the most popular online poker sites.

Until now, the department held that online gambling in all forms was illegal under the Wire Act of 1961, which bars wagers via telecommunications that cross state lines or international borders.

The new interpretation, by the department’s Office of Legal Counsel, said the Wire Act applies only to bets on a “sporting event or contest,” not to a state’s use of the Internet to sell lottery tickets to adults within its borders or abroad. […] The question at issue was whether proposals by Illinois and New York to use the Internet and out-of-state transaction processors to sell lottery tickets to in-state adults violated the Wire Act.

This sounds more like “State-run lotteries get expansion of artificial market dominance” to me.  How does this narrow reconsideration by request of state lotteries open up non-state-run betting?

For all the risk described with online gambling, it’s revealing how this is targeted and how little it has to do with said risk.  You can blow thousands on E-trade or whatever all you want, but gawd forbid you play poker or bet on a fight regardless of amount.  Meanwhile, betting directly through state government is totally different because The People Are The Real Winners or something.


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