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A laymans explanation of the Wire Act of 1961 and how it is affecting online gambling today
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23 January 2012

The Wire Act of 1961 is basically a Federal Law that was implemented to prevent organisations and persons in the United States from taking part in any form of gambling which involves wire communications.

This meant that people couldn’t accept or place real money bets or wagers for any sporting events or other similar betting contests through transmissions by wire communications and if people were caught doing this, they could be prosecuted and could face a fine with a maximum of two years behind bars.

Fast forward almost 40 years to the mid/late 90’s, to the age of the internet and all of a sudden there was a boom in websites which started taking online wagers at venues such as online casinos, sports betting sites, bingo sites and poker sites.

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