DC Attorney General Testifies That DC Online Gaming Law Does Not Violate Federal Law

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The D.C. Council held a hearing on June 29, 2011, to discuss the implementation of a new law that is scheduled to go into full effect on Sept. 8, allowing legal online gaming within the D.C city limits. This would make the District of Columbia the first jurisdiction in the United States to legalize online gaming for money. The hearing also marked the first time that a state Attorney General has publicly stated that a law legalizing purely intrastate gaming would be legal under federal law.

The law has a very quick implementation schedule with blackjack and Victory at Sea games going live in a free version on July 26. On August 23, the number of free games available on the site would be expanded to include Texas hold ‘em, bingo, e-scratch games, and other random number games. Finally, on Sept. 8, the games will go live online for real money.

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