Justice Dept. Enables Online Gambling

    Manassas, UNITED STATES:  (FILES) File picture showing a man playing poker on his computer connected to an internet gaming site from his home in Manassas, VA 02 October, 2006. US President George W. Bush signed into law the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act 2006 that has made it illegal for finance companies to collect credit card payments from customers using Internet gaming sites. Britain pressed, 31 October 2006 for international agreement over regulkation of the onluine gambling industry in the wake of a US ban on Internet betting.                AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER/FILES  (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Cash-strapped states may soon have a new source of income: online gambling. The Justice Department reversed a long-held position that the Wire Act forbade all forms of internet gambling. The Justice Department said states could use the internet to sell lottery tickets to adults within their own borders, opening the door to online poker and other games, and online gambling across several states that enter a compact together.

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