WSOP Online could suffer due to Wire Act
New Jersey poker fans may not be able to participate
Exactly how destructive the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) change of position on the Federal Wire Act is cannot yet be determined, partly because the DOJ has said it won’t begin to enforce any actions for about another two months (90 days from the announcement, which took place toward the end of January). There are a lot of questions being raised about the legality and validity of the opinion, with several lawsuits already appearing against the DOJ. Now, concerns are being raised that the upcoming WSOP Online Circuit events might suffer, with players in New Jersey not able to participate in the games.
The 2019 WSOP is coming quickly, only a few short months away. Online events have been added that have allowed Nevada players to sit down at the virtual felt and New Jersey joined in last year for the first time. With the DOJ opinion on the Wire Act hanging overhead, WSOP Online games may ultimately be played only by those in Nevada as before.
The WSOP hasn’t really commented on the matter, nor has anyone out of New Jersey. The WSOP has only stated that it is looking into it and that it has not yet determined if players in The Garden State will be allowed to return this year.
It will be interesting to see how the WSOP series plays out, as well as the entire Wire Act debacle. New Jersey is threatening to sue if the DOJ doesn’t back off and the state is known for its residents who refuse to go down without a fight.