Internet Gambling Legalization Bid Seen as Long Shot

The law doesn't specifically ban banks from transacting with online poker sites; rather, it merely requires that banks take proper steps to make sure that they do not facilitate any illegal gambling transactions. Embedded in the law is what amounts to a safe harbor, so that banks that wish to transact with an online poker business simply needs a reasoned legal opinion that their client is not involved in restricted transactions, Pappas explained. Sports betting activity, expressly prohibited by the Wire Act, would not fall into this category. Online poker, which is not expressly prohibited, would not.

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