by Dustin Gouker, Online Poker Report
The Department of Justice is preparing an opinion that will likely say that the Wire Act applies to all forms of online gambling and not just sports betting, Online Poker Report has learned.
That would be an apparent reversal of the 2011 Office of Legal Counsel opinion that the Wire Act only applies to sports wagering.
The new opinion could come down this week. The exact content of the opinion is unknown, and OPR has not seen the actual opinion. It’s also not a guarantee that the opinion is ultimately issued, sources tell OPR.
If the opinion comes down, it would likely be buried later this week, just before the Christmas holiday.
The news also comes amid reports that a pair of senators are planning to introduce sports betting legislation as soon as today. That legislation would put the DOJ in charge of approving state-level sports betting laws.