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Connecticut Latest State to Eye Online Gambling

Connecticut is the latest state to eye the possibility of offering online gambling for state residents, with the Mohegan Tribe (which operates the states two brick-and-mortar casinos) exploring the possibility of offering online casino and poker sites.

State officials and casino executives in the state are monitoring developments in other US states as interest has been renewed in online gambling in the wake of a US Department of Justice ruling that narrowed the scope of the Wire Act.

The Wire Act became law in 1961 and was originally designed to target illegal sportsbets made over the telephone but in recent years the US government had stated that it felt it applied to online gambling as well and encompassed online poker, casino games, bingo, and lotto sales. 

A recent opinon from the Department of Justice published in December 2011, however, took the position that the Wire Act only applies to sportsbetting, potentially giving states the go-ahead to push forward with their own plans to offer intra-state online gambling sites for residents.

The state's governor Dannel Malloy is reportedly in talks with the Mohegan Tribe to spearhead the efforts to roll out online games, banking on their experience in running the state's casinos to get operations quickly off the ground if laws are changed to allow for it.

Malloy claims to be no fan of gambling but believes tens of thousands of jobs could be created, as well as gambling dollars and tax revenues staying in state coffers instead of leaving for other nearby gambling destinations.

Connecticut joins states such as New Jersey and Nevada in eyeing online gambling. New Jersey lawmakers voted to allow online gambing in 2011 but the bill was ultimately vetoed by the governor, with a second attempt now underway and expected by many to pass the second time around.

25-Jan-2012, 02:20

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