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4/11/2019: Round 1 Of Wire Act Court To NH?

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The two sides in the Wire Act debate met in a New Hampshire district court on April 11 to plead their cases to a judge. Despite a last-ditch effort by the DOJ to say they did not mean to include the lottery in its newest opinion, the judge still seemed to side with NH Lottery that the threat of prosecution was more than credible. He ordered the DOJ to turn in a thorough explanation of how the new opinion impacted state lotteries within two weeks.

Instead, the DOJ turned in a motion to dismiss, claiming that it has not decided on whether or not lotteries are exempt, but that the state had no legal standing to intervene. The move was seen largely as a smoke and mirrors attempt to avoid answering the question of if lotteries are impacted. The judge will rule on the motion in the coming weeks.


Jessica Welman is the managing editor of PlayPennsylvania. A longtime poker media presence, Jess has worked as a tournament reporter for the World Poker Tour, co-hosted a podcast for Poker Road, and served as the managing editor for

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