In 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice clarified that the Wire Act of 1961, which banned gambling across state lines, only applied to sports betting. In 2018, the same body declared that it applied to any form of gambling. In 2020, a federal judge ruled that the more limited 2011 interpretation ruled the day. A 2021 judicial panel agreed – mostly.
So does that mean that the parameters on gambling on the internet are settled? A panel of experts at Sunday’s National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) meeting in Boston informed the audience that was not necessarily the case – whether they wanted to hear it or not.