Online gambling fight now about when, not if
The fight to fully legalize online gambling in the U.S. is now less about whether Americans will be able to play and more about who will bring the action to them - and when.
A recent U.S. Justice Department opinion opened the door for cash-strapped states and their lotteries to bring online gambling to their residents, as long as it does not involve sports betting.
The DOJ memo also enflamed a battle within the industry over how to legalize online gambling that once generated an estimated $6 billion yearly just from poker: Should each state have its own system, or should there be a nationwide law?
While the opinion sent gambling stocks rising, many players who’ve been shut out from top online poker sites since April just want games to restart and don’t care who profits.
“I don’t like this legal limbo. Is it legal, or is it illegal?” said writer Brian Boyko, who plays poker as a hobby