Breaking: DOJ Declines Appeal of Wire Act Case; Several States Expected to Sign Interstate Online Poker Deals

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The end to the Wire Act case is expected to change the face of legal regulated online poker in the US.

With no appearance of an appeal filed on the official docket of New Hampshire Lottery Commission v. Barr (the Wire Act case), the allotted time to seek further appeal by the US Supreme Court has expired, and the case has finally come to an end.

With the Biden Justice Department’s decision not to pursue an appeal of a Wire Act case the government lost in appellate court in January, several states are expected to sign deals that would allow online poker operators to form interstate player pools by year’s end.

Regulators in Michigan and Pennsylvania are expected to pursue this opportunity soon. It also opens up the possibility of online poker in West Virginia, could attract more operators seeking approval in Nevada, and makes smaller states like Connecticut much more feasible.

According to prominent igaming attorney Jeff Ifrah, the time allotted to appeal the case to the US Supreme Court was extended to 150 days due to the pandemic, setting up the June 21 deadline.

The Justice Department today issued a statement that “the government is not planning to seek Supreme Court review of the First Circuit’s decision,” Ifrah stated on Twitter.

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