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February 09, 2012 08:51 ET

OnlinePokerRealMoney.com Analyzes the Latest Developments in the US Online Gambling Situation

OnlinePokerRealMoney.com has drawn attention to the recent progress made by the US states in the online gambling legislation issue. The company says that the recent announcements made by the states of Washington, Hawaii and Connecticut could have far-reaching consequences on the overall situation in the US.

LONDON, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Feb. 9, 2012) - Since the US Department of Justice reversed its stand and removed a major legal obstacle in the sanction of online gambling, several US states have made significant progress in the area. This fact was highlighted in a recent public address by OnlinePokerRealMoney.com spokesperson.

The favorable legal opinion was offered by the US Department of Justice in answer to the clarification sought by Illinois and New York. The states requested clarification on whether or not the Wire Act of 1961 prohibits the sale of lottery tickets to adult residents of the region over the internet. The act bans gambling over telecommunications systems that cross national or even state borders.

According to an OnlinePokerRealMoney.com spokesperson, although the favorable opinion was specific to lottery tickets, it unlocks doors for US states to allow online poker real money games and other forms of internet betting that have nothing to do with sports. Several states are interest in the revenue potential offered by online gambling industry. He further drew attention to Washington, Hawaii and Connecticut, the US states that most recently made announcements regarding their plans for internet gambling regulation.

Washington DC was the first US state to take steps towards online gambling regulation. At the Finance and Revenue Committee meeting held on the 1st of February, the bill dealing with licensing and regulation of online gambling was reviewed. The review committee included adherent online gambling supporters like Michael A. Brown and Marion Barry as well as opponents like David A. Catania and Muriel Bowser. Jack Evans, chairman of the committee, repealed the bill.

The state of Hawaii also recently announced its plans regarding online gambling. A bill on the subject is to be submitted to the Hawaii State House. The bill will propose the development of an internet gaming corporation in the state. The agency will have the power to authorize skill-based real money poker sites as well as chance-based online casino games.

The state of Connecticut has scheduled an informational forum on the 9th of February. The event has been organized by Democrats State Representative Stephen Dargan and the State Senator Joan Hartley at the legislative office building. Chuck Bunnell from Mohegan Sun Casino, Bill Satti from Foxwoods Resort Casino, Anne Noble from the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Brooks Pierce from Sportech Inc and the Attorney General of the State office representative Bob Clark will speak at the event.

OnlinePokerRealMoney.com spokesperson also talked about Connecticut's strong support for online gambling. Earlier the governor of the state, D. Malloy made it clear that internet gambling will be allowed in Connecticut. However, changes may be made in rules and gambling enthusiasts need to be aware of these changes.

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