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White House says authority over online poker lies with states

21st May 2012 10:04 am GMT

The Obama administration has responded to a petition calling for the legalisation of online poker in the United States, saying that it is up to individual states to decide whether to permit the activity.

Brian Deese, deputy director of the National Economic Council, said the Administration understands that many Americans engage in paid online poker games for entertainment purposes. He said that  while online gambling on sporting events or contests violates federal law, the legality of [...]

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