|The Implication´s of RAWA´s “Restoration of America´s Wire Act” Passage - The aim of the bill is to
restore [the] long-standing United States policy that the Wire Act prohibits all forms of Internet gambling. If passed, the bill would apply to online casinos and online State lotteries as well as online poker, with the only exceptions being online pari-mutuel betting on horse racing (exempted by the Interstate Horseracing Act 1978) and fantasy sports betting (exempted by UIGEA). Under the current wording of the proposed legislation, online poker in the three regulated markets of Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware would have to cease, and all attempts to bring online poker to California, Pennsylvania and other states would be pointless. Effectively, if RAWA passes Congress during the forthcoming session, it would put an end to legalised online poker in the United States.
Public Gaming Magazine January/February 2014