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US Department of Justice Files Notice of Appeal for Wire Act

On Friday, August 16, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) officially filed a Notice of Appeal in the civil case that it recently lost to the New Hampshire Lottery Commission (NHLC) over the reinterpretation of the 1961 Wire act opinion. The Notice of Appeal was filed by the DOJ, led by Attorney General William […]

PGCB Criticizes Plans by Operators to Reduce Slot Machines

On Wednesday, August 14, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board held a hearing in Harrisburg that saw to the unfolding of a number of regulatory actions. However, most of the time was spent addressing three petitions that sought to reduce gaming floors at certain venues. The most notable petitions were filed by Presque Isle Downs Casino, […]

Legal Sports Betting Finally Comes to Illinois

Last Friday, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that effectively made the state the fifth one to officially legalize sports betting in the country following the May 2018 Supreme Court ruling that abolished PASPA and legalized sports betting. The bill that was signed into law included a wide-ranging $45 billion capital funding package. Work […]

Congress Reportedly Planning to Defund DOJ Wire Act Opinion

Just a little over two weeks after a federal court ruled against its recent reinterpretation of the 1961 Wire Act, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has suffered yet another potential blow. This is because Congress has taken a keen interest in fighting against the recently-published Wire Act opinion that was set to effectively […]

Federal Court Delivers Decision on the 1961 Wire Act Case

Last Monday, the state of New Hampshire won the legal challenge against the US Department of Justice’s revises opinion of the 1961 Wire Act. Paul Barbadoro, the federal judge who presided over the case, ruled that the Wire Act applies only to sports betting and not all forms of online gambling as stipulated by the […]

PGCB Unveils Self Exclusion Program for Problem Gamblers

On Tuesday, May 28, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) announced that it is creating a new support program that is meant to act as a self-help tool for problem gamblers in the state. Referred to as the iGaming Self Exclusion Program, the new initiative will allow people to exclude themselves from placing sports bets […]

Pa. Advances Bill That Would Prohibit Truck Stop Gambling

A recent bill introduced in the Keystone Stone state seeks to give counties in the state the power to opt out of offering video gaming terminals (VGTs) at the truck stops within their jurisdictions. From the looks of it, the bill might actually make become a law as it has recently even advanced through a […]

Supreme Court Knocks Down Part of Pa. Gambling Laws

About a year and a half ago, the Keystone State passed a gambling expansion law that saw the launch of a number of new gambling activities in the state including sportsbooks, online casinos and satellite casinos among other things. The new regulatory regime in the state was widely welcome and lauded for all the developments […]

Anti-Internet Gambling Group Wades into Wire Act Case with Faulty Argument

The new reinterpretation of the 1961 Wire Act that was delivered by the United States Department of Justice at the beginning of the year has caused quite stir in states with online gaming industries and those that have been considering the interactive gaming laws. Now, as the legal battle between the State of New Hampshire […]

West Virginia’s Interactive Gambling Bill Becomes Law

On Wednesday, March 27, West Virginia’s interactive gaming legislation officially became law after Jim Justice, the state’s billionaire Republican governor failed to take any action on the measure. The bill was pushed to governor’s desk on March 9 and he was given 15 days (excluding Sundays) to either pass the bill into law or veto […]