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If approved, the bill would end most forms of online betting, including interactive poker in Nevada.  Because the bill would stop transmission of gambling information through wire communications across state lines, mobile sports wagering in Nevada would also be halted, crippling sports book operations in the state.   The Restoration of America’s Wire Act bill, sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, had a hearing in March before the House Judiciary crime subcommittee. The next step is a Judiciary Committee session in which the bill will be opened for amendment and votes. A similar bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.  The unintended consequences of the bill was discovered by Las Vegas gaming attorney Greg Gemignani, of the Las Vegas office of the law firm Dickinson Wright. Gemignani, who specializes in Internet gambling law, researched the bill last year and found several issues “that could backfire on some of our operators in Nevada.”  Gemignani said wireless phone transmissions in Nevada — including those used for mobile sports wagering — often travel through routers in Arizona, California or Utah because of the network topology and function. Under the bill, transmitting gambling information across those state lines, even when the transmissions originate and end in Nevada, would be illegal.

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With regards to these allegations, Kambi is confident that there are no activities occurring in its Philippines operation which are contrary to law. In the Philippines, Kambi is a member of the Government-run PEZA scheme (Philippine Economic Zone Authority), which incentivises businesses, on a fully transparent basis, to establish and run operations in the Philippines. Kambi complies with local laws and applies consistent global policies for its Group operations to abide by.

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