Online Poker Click-Wrap Agreements

There have been several threads on rec.gambling.poker (“RGP,” which is an online discussion group concerning poker) questioning the effectiveness of the agreements we all make virtually (pun intended) every day by clicking “I Accept,” or the like on various websites. This article discusses the legal climate for “click-wrap” agreements in the United States and the …

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Gambling Advertisements as the Basis for Travel Act Violations

Background The federal Travel Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1952, is one of a group of federal laws criminalizing various business enterprises that are unlawful at the state level.  The Act, makes it a federal crime to travel among the states or internationally or to use the U.S. mail or other means of interstate commerce to …

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Offshore Online Gambling – Is It Safe to Gamble at Offshore Gambling Sites?

I have to assume that if you live in a state with legal gambling sites that you would choose to play there over unregulated offshore gambling sites. You’d be crazy not to. Regulated gambling sites offer safety, security, and peace of mind that you won’t get when you ship your money to an anonymous overseas …

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The Legality of Advertising Online Gambling Casinos

Online casinos and cardrooms continue to mushroom in popularity.  An article, Online Gambling Sites Expect Big Payoffs,  published in USA Today in February, 2005, says: “Online gambling has hit the jackpot.  After years of escalating growth, it’s poised for its biggest year….More than 2,000 gambling Web sites this year will rake in nearly $10 billion in …

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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 an ideal set of gambling …

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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 RACKETEERING SECTION CRIMINAL DIVISION UNITED …

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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 arrest of Carruthers on July …

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Lawsuit Seeks to Recover Fantasy Sports Gambling Losses

June 20th, 2006 a Colorado man filed a Complaint in a lawsuit against ESPN, Sporting News and CBS Sportsline seeking to recover money lost by players in the pay-to-play fantasy sports leagues sponsored and operated by them.  These defendants filed motions to dismiss with supporting memoranda of law and he filed a Reply Brief disputing …

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