The recent attempt to block internet gaming sites in Kentucky in order to shield competition from detracting dollars from gambling at horse tracks and bingo halls is not only practically impossible, but also legally unstable.
When Jay Cohen decided to return to the United States in 1999 to defend charges that he was in violation of the Wire Act, his attorneys argued that he and his company were not operating illegally because they were located in a different country and hence the Wire Act of 1961 did not apply in a different jurisdiction.
If you are an American poker player, chances are you heard of the potential for an online poker bill last month. An upcoming payroll tax bill that was very important was a chance to get a poker bill passed by means of piggybacking, which is pretty much exactly how the UIGEA was passed back in 2006 (via the SAFE Port Act).
Two of the men that were named in the Black Friday indictments have decided to base their defense on a somewhat interesting premise. In an attempt to have their charges dismissed, Chad Elie and John Campos will be arguing that poker is a skill game.
As part of their efforts for legal online poker in the USA, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) put together a Washington D.C. fly-in on the 24th of May. By bringing a number of poker supporters to Capitol Hill, the group hoped to showcase the fact that online poker needs regulation.
Eleven people involved with PokerStars, Full Tilt, and UB/AP have been accused of being part of an online gambling conspiracy in the United States. The charges include bank fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. The eleven people charged were either involved with the online poker site or with the payment processors.