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House looking to crack down on Internet gambling

House looking to crack down on Internet gambling

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WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to crack down on the $12 billion Internet gambling industry by applying federal prohibitions to games such as online poker, blackjack and roulette.

The legislation would amend the 1961 Federal Wire Wager Act to explicitly prohibit online gambling; outlaw electronic transmission of funds to pay for gambling bets; give law enforcement agencies authority to block such money transfers; and increase penalties for violation of the law.

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