Game On for Internet Gambling: With Federal Approval, States Line Up to Place Their Bets

34 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2012 Last revised: 20 Aug 2012

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I. Nelson Rose

Whittier Law School

Rebecca Bolin

Yale Law School Information Society Project

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Two days before Christmas 2011, President Obama gave an unexpected gift to states. In a thirteen-page memorandum, the Department of Justice reinterpreted the Wire Act, finding that the critical federal anti-gambling statute is limited to sports betting and races. Without this legacy Kennedy Administration statute, no federal obstacle remains to widespread state-sanctioned Internet gambling. Expect cash-strapped states to act quickly; legislators, governors, and regulators are already cashing in on the opportunity. Without Congressional action, tribes may be out of luck.

Keywords: gaming, federalism, gambling, internet, poker, lottery

JEL Classification: K23

Suggested Citation

Rose, I. Nelson and Bolin, Rebecca, Game On for Internet Gambling: With Federal Approval, States Line Up to Place Their Bets (2012). Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 44, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2130681

I. Nelson Rose

Whittier Law School ( email )

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Rebecca Bolin (Contact Author)

Yale Law School Information Society Project ( email )

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New Haven, CT 06511
United States

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