|With the introduction of a new state law that permits Internet gambling, Nevada is set to become the first state to profit from the revenue of online gaming- if they can clear it with congress. Under the 1961 wire act all gambling over a telephone wire is illegal, and the argument now being debated is whether this also applies to the Internet. Despite minimal prosecutions, and a proliferation of offshore sites available to Americans through their computer that remain perfectly legal overseas, the wire act still remains a restriction for Internet sites based in the U.S.|
Nevada believes that congress can be persuaded to lift the restrictions on online gambling, if they can persuade them that the industry is capable of self-regulation and technological security. Brian Sandoval, the state Gaming Commission Chairman recently headed a meeting to explore the technological and economic viability of Online gaming in Nevada, but was keen to stress that the state had no intention of challenging U.S law.
“In no shape or form are we seeking to defy the federal government” said Sandoval “We want to make sure we are proceeding in a legal way.”