A lot of concerns have been raised by the religious groups following the drastic change of heart of the Dept. of Justice of the United States regarding the Wire Act, which basically legalized all forms of online gambling, excluding sport wagering. This resulted in twelve groups writing and pleading with leaders in the Congress to take actions against the rapidly growing and expanding presence of online gambling which came as a result of the Dept. of Justice announcement about its interpretation of the federal Wire Act that was announced last December. The 12 groups included Eagle Forum, Let Freedom Ring, Religious Liberty Commission and others. This letter was sent this last Friday to Cantor, the Majority Leader, Whip Kyl, Boehner and McConnell, the Republican leader among others.
The content of the letter included that 6 years ago, in 2006, the Congress voted against online gambling, and voted to protect the United States from the social and financial dangers of internet gambling. The letter also stated that sadly, the UIEGA act of 2006 is under massive attack by the lobby of online gambling, so they are asking the leaders of Congress to be up in arms once again and protect everyone from the risks and dangers of a legalized online gambling market in the U.S, as this will lead to the legalization and the entrance of online gambling to every living room in America.
An Inevitability and Expression of Personal Freedom
Sooner or later, states will have to start legalizing and regulating online gambling according to their own state law. This is because a divided congress will never pass such laws; this was mentioned several times during the Gaming Congress that took place in A.C. Although it has been stated and predicted that at least 2 states will legalize internet gambling and soon other states will follow, but according to Jake Miklojcik, this plan will not include the state of Michigan. As the chances for a legalized internet gambling market within the state of Michigan is very low. This is due to the fact that the there isn’t enough constituency in the law of Michigan to legalize online gambling, because most land casinos and the evangelical community are against such legalization in the state.
Even after more states start to join the bandwagon, there is a chance that Michigan might follow the same path, but it is highly unlikely. This is due to the fact that a legalized online gambling market in the state will not be very profitable, and a lot of software is going to be needed to make sure that no individual from outside the state can access the betting websites of Michigan.
As for the state of Illinois, there is already a legalized online wagering market due to the DoJ legal view that was pursued by New York and Illinois on the Wire Act of 1961.
Words from the White House
The administration of Barack Obama has responded to a petition that was submitted online and had almost ten thousand signatures. This petition was aimed to protect the consumer, provide job opportunities and to increase the net revenue to the states, all of this will happen as a result of legalizing and regulating internet poker. This petition was responded to by the administration of the president through the special assistant to the president, Brian Deese. He issued an announcement that showed the position of the White House towards the legalizing of internet poker in the United States.
The statement declares that the administration knows that a lot of American citizens participate and play internet poker; they take it as a form of entertainment. He added that wagering on sporting events or horse racing (on the internet) is illegal and it is against the federal law. As for any type of laws to legalize and regulate online poker or other forms of internet gambling, it is completely up to the states to legalize it within the law of the state itself. Deese said that online poker can be legalized within the state, and will not be legalized on a nationwide level.