Gambling Board Urges Caution After DOJ Wire Act Opinion

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The PA Gaming Control Board issued a public statement about the new opinion on the Wire Act earlier this week. It didn’t tip the organization’s hand much though.

The statement did reaffirm PGCB’s stance that the gambling expansion act was in line with both the old and new opinions. Everything that passed in 2017 was in line as intrastate gambling.

A new memo along with the new opinion does have the group working behind the scenes to ensure everything is in order as online gambling nears launch in the state.

Pennsylvania, in 2017, became the fourth US state to legalize interactive gaming. Retail sportsbooks began opening late in 2018, and the first PA online sportsbooks, poker sites and casinos are expected to enter the market early this year.

A reinterpretation of the Wire Act this week, however, has put those plans in jeopardy.