Legislative Proposal: Player Protection for Recreational Game-Playing

Here is a proposal for legislation to protect players from prosecution when they play in social or recreational gambling games. WHY WE NEED PLAYER PROTECTION It is time to take a fresh look at some of our traditional laws that control gambling and game-playing. There is no state that has …

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DOJ Bruce Ohr Testimony on Internet Gambling Prohibition Act

U.S. Representative Goodlatte introduced H.R. 4777, the “Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.”  The following testimony was presented by Bruce Ohr on behalf of the Department of Justice explaining to a House Subcommittee the position of the Department on the legislation. STATEMENT OF TESTIMONY OF BRUCE G. OHR CHIEF ORGANIZED CRIME AND …

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History of Online Gambling Arrests & Criminal Charges

Newest Charges Online sportsbook BetonSports.com and its chief executive officer David Carruthers were recently indicted. Here is a PDF version of the Indictment.  They are charged with violations of the Wire Wager Act, the Travel Act, the Illegal Gambling Business Act, the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), tax evasion and money laundering. The indictments and …

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Bar Poker Leagues in Texas

The Texas Attorney General was asked to rule on the legality of so-called “bar” or “amateur” poker leagues under the Texas anti-gambling statutes.  (See RQ-0305-GA under the 2005 selection box.)  The request covers two alternative variants of Texas Hold’em tournaments held in an establishment with a Texas liquor license.  In the …

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