As the 2020 United States Presidential election is approaching, nominees are beginning to debate and provide insight into what they bring to the table. For Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden, he seems to be on the same page as online gaming proponents. In an interview with CDC Gaming Reports, Biden stated that he feels the New Hampshire federal judge’s overturning of the Trump administration’s Wire Act changes is correct.
While Biden is not coming out and saying that he is full on pro for online gaming, he is supportive of the ruling in which the Wire Act would remain as it was decided in 2011 under the Obama administration. When the DOJ changed the ruling to include all online gambling this year, it caused major drama in the online gambling world. From the lottery to online poker, providers were worried about what it meant for their operations.
During his interview, Biden stated that if he were to become president, the Department of Justice would operate based on the 2011 interpretation of the Wire Act. It would not interfere with the current progress of online gaming present day.
Several states are starting to offer online gaming, including Pennsylvania. The state legalized the option back in 2017 and was ready to begin this year. However, the new DOJ Wire Act opinion caused a pause of sorts and the industry was delayed in starting. Both online casino and poker gaming are up and running and West Virginia is also looking to get started as well.
The latest interpretation certainly has hurt the online gaming industry with many states holding back or being more cautious when it comes to legalizing the option.
Hopefully, if a new President is named in 2020, they will be on board with the 2011 interpretation and we can put all the craziness behind us!