Two US lawmakers, Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Jason Chaffetz, made attempts to stop the growth of online gambling in the United States this week, by introducing the Restoration of America’s Wire Act on Wednesday. The bill hopes to see a decision made by the Department of Justice in 2011 to only apply the Wire Act to sport betting, overturned. In short, it seeks a federal ban on all online gambling in the United States.
The Poker Players Alliance slammed the move to introduce a federal online gambling ban and said that it “tramples on the rights” of individual states to move forward in online gambling legislation. The PPA also said that the bill denies “consumers any meaningful protections that can only be achieved through responsible federal state or federal regulation.”
The United States is home to literally millions of online gamblers who regularly flock to online casinos powered by big names in the industry. Over the years, continued attempts by anti-gambling sectors have been made to block the expansion in the industry, although the popularity of this form of entertainment has only seen the industry grow from year to year.