The Wire Act
Did you know that in the United States, there is an implemented Wire Act that convicts people who operate gambling houses, particularly online gambling sites? Yes, it is true, but a lot of people argue whether online poke games are covered by the controversial Wire Act. The US Justice Department has this general interpretation of the anti-gambling bill.
The Wire Act, based on the February 21, 2001 ruling by Judge Stanwood Duval of the New Orleans' US District Court against a certain Jay Chen: "Online casinos and online poker rooms are covered under the aimed-at-sports betting bill. But in plain language, the Wire Act doe not prevent online gambling 'on a game of chance.'"
Currently, each state in the country has its own rulings and regulations regarding online poker. Since online poker is another game of chance, experts and law interpreters treat it just like online casinos should be treated.
The New York prosecutor's office is very particular against online poker operators. Meaning, online poker players are absolved from any legal actions. The contrary applies to online poker operators. If they are cracked down, they can automatically face charges. How can a country so free like the US resort to this? The answer is very simple. It is because the Federal Government and each state government is very anxious to protect its people.
Online gambling can be more anomalous than traditional ones. Why? Because unscrupulous people and techies have the advantage over you or can cheat you during online poker games and the government wants to protect you from them. Of course in one point of your life, you have met people who were reduced to mendicants or beggars because they lost their possessions to games. In online gambling, it is assumed that such risks are greater.