IGT court victory is good news for online poker, too

IGT court victory is good news for online poker, too

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  • Charlie Passut, PokerFuse
September 19, 2022 7:07 PM
  • Charlie Passut, PokerFuse
  • United States
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Last week, IGT won the lawsuit it filed against the Department of Justice (DOJ) nearly one year ago and the victory has significant implications for online poker.

The ruling in the US District Court for the District of Rhode Island means that the Wire Act applies only to sports betting — not online casino gaming or real money online poker in the US.

The company sued the Biden DOJ last November. IGT argued that uncertainty created by two unique interpretations of the federal Wire Act- made under the Obama and Trump administrations- put the company at risk of prosecution.

Last Thursday, District Court Judge William Smith agreed.