|Internet Gaming continues to remain in the doldrums of political debate as the Bush administration still refuse to comment on the legal interpretation of the 1961 Wire Act, which currently prevents Americans from gambling over a telephone wire.|
Tony Cabot, a lawyer for Lionel Sawyer and Collins in Las Vegas said, “Under the Clinton administration, Internet gambling was illegal based on the (1961) Wire Act, but the Bush administration continues to say ’no comment’ when we ask for its interpretation.”
The legality of online casinos has been an issue in hot debate, especially in Nevada where the state passed a law allowing state regulators to establish regulations for casinos to offer online gambling services.
The Wire Act remains a grey area, and without legal definition from federal government it seems that different states will be interpreting the act in different ways.
“The Wire Act clearly outlaws sports betting, but it doesn’t address Internet casinos,” said Cabot, who was uncertain of the reasons behind the Justice Dept’s refusal to comment.
Whether this is good or bad for the future of Internet gaming is as yet unknown. The silence of the Bush administration on this issue could mean either a process of careful deliberation or a simple lack of interest.