Draft Senate bill takes gambling decisions away from US States

A draft bill circulating through the US Congress would radically reshape the way regulated sports is implemented across the country by requiring federal approval in new markets. Other aspects of the proposed bill include a professional sports league-friendly clause that forces bookmakers to buy data from the leagues; as well as a version of the…

Gambling Addiction Emerges in Supreme Court Nominee Fight

Senate Democrats are asking US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh some very pointed questions about a subject that doesn't usually come up for candidates for the country's highest court like, "Do you have a gambling problem?" and, "Have you ever been treated for gambling addiction?". The unusual line of questioning is the result of a…

Trump Fires US Attorney Preet Baharara

Donald Trump fired US Attorney Preet Baharara this weekend. Baharara was initially asked to resign his post but refused. His refusal was greeted with a termination letter from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York had served at his post since May of 2009, when he…

Western Union to Pay $58 Million to DOJ for Aiding Gambling and Fraud

Western Union has been ordered to pay a $586 million fine for aiding criminal transactions, including those associated with gambling and internet fraud. It is believed to be the largest such fine ever levied on a financial services company. Among the allegations leveled against Western Union by the attorneys at the DOJ are suggestions that…

Pennsylvania Congressman Ready to Shut Down Online Gambling

Pennsylvania Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick (R) introduced a bill last week calling for a rollback on the Department of Justice's (DOJ) 2011 decision giving states the final word on regulated online gambling. Fitzpatrick's bill, which clocks in at a remarkably short two pages, suggests that a decision from the DOJ does not, "...carry the full weight…

1500 PokerStars Claims Denied in Latest Remittance Round

The Department of Justice is just saying, "No," to 1500 PokerStars remittance claims. This most recent batch of claims includes a large number of affiliates who aren't likely to ever see money they earned for sending players to PokerStars in the heady pre-Black Friday online poker boom. For this unlucky group, the options for filing…

Feds Target Western Union in Online Gambling Probe

Western Union, one of the largest payment transfer companies on the planet, is the target of a Federal investigation involving online gambling payments from offshore casinos. According to CNBC, the feds have issued a large number of subpoenas to the company for documents relating to online gambling payments. In what could be an ominous sign…

Online Gambling Forces Triumph in RAWA Hearing

Online gambling supporters shredded their critics yesterday in a Congressional hearing that was designed to smear the entire industry. The hearing titled, A Casino in Every Smartphone – Law Enforcement Implications, was held by the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in an effort to boost support for the Restoration of America's…

Silk Road Fugitive Nabbed in Thailand

Roger Thomas Clark, the 54-year-old man who the Department of Justice says was one of the masterminds behind the Silk Road, is awaiting extradition to the US in a Thai jail cell. Clark, who the DOJ believes is actually Canadian, was nabbed on December 3 in an operation that was conducted by Thai police and…

DOJ Says Sports Betting is a ‘Game of Skill’ in Uncovered Docs

A series of recently uncovered documents reveal that attorneys for the both the Department of Justice and the NFL consider sports betting a, "game of skill." The documents, which cover sports betting legalization cases from 2003 and 2013 show attorneys, including the new U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, using the skill defense in arguments for…