Gambling Body Responds on Wire Act

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One of the leading organisations in the US gambling industry has issued its response to last week’s controversial announcement on the Wire Act by the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

The American Gaming Association (AGA) was giving its formal reply to a reconsideration of a 2011 opinion on whether the Wire Act applied to non-sports gambling. The original opinion was that the Wire Act only outlawed sports gambling across state lines, but the DOJ effectively reversed that opinion, based on a re-interpretation of the wording of the Act, a change of opinion that could have serious repercussions for the US online casino gambling industry.

Speaking about the opinion, which was released by the Office of Legal Counsel, the senior vice president of public affairs at the AGA, Sara Slane, said that the organisation regretted that the OLC had gone against its normal practice by reversing a previous opinion without having a compelling reason for the reversal. But she also stated that the reversal would not affect state and Tribes in the US from legalizing and regulating gambling:

We will work with all stakeholders to preserve the ability of states and Tribes to regulate gaming, and we encourage DOJ to investigate and shut down illegal, unregulated gambling operators who prey on consumers.”

Slane also added that the US casino gaming industry featured more than 4,000 regulators and spent billions of dollars on ensuring that its operators complied fully with state and federal law. 

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