The United States, since 2014, has permitted intrastate online gambling,(gambling contained by the borders of one state). The only wagers that cross state lines include fantasy sports and paramutual betting, i.e., horse racing. Since then three states have been licensed, regulated, and permitted to include intrastate online gaming – Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware.
The chief obstacle to intrastate online gambling has been the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) interpretation of the Wire Act which was enacted in 1961 to prevent bookmakers from accepting sports bets over the telephone. For years, the DOJ maintained the Wire Act prohibited all forms of Internet gambling, while online gaming proponents maintained the Wire Act only applied to sports betting.
But now Mohegan Sun, in Connecticut, is launching a licensed online casino. If you noticed, CT wasn’t one of the three licensed online gambling states – but New Jersey is.
As reported by Dan Katz from PokerNewsDaily.com, “….in August 2012, the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, operator of the Mohegan Sun, took over the management of the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Thus, the Mohegan Sun piggy-backed off of Resorts’ license and is now on the same platform as ResortsCasino.com.” Resorts has had an online casino in New Jersey and has showed increases in revenue each month, although online gaming such as this hasn’t really taken off in all three states as they would have liked.
Katz continues, “There are now 17 licensed online gambling sites in New Jersey. Most of them, like Mohegan Sun, are online casino sites, offering games such as slots, roulette, video poker, and blackjack. There are only a handful of online poker rooms. Poker fans are eagerly awaiting the launch of an 18th site, PokerStars.com. PokerStars, like MoheganSunCasino.com, will be launched with Resorts.”
For those of us in New England, the online sites at both Connecticut casinos are similar. Mohegan is going through a soft launch for now, and will be open for business soon.