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The DC Lottery is getting into the online poker business – within three months, if things go as expected, DC-based players will have access to low-stakes online poker and online blackjack, among other games. Should the DC Lottery be worried that the DOJ will be coming for it for violating UIGEA? Not if it’s careful.

Ace (not his real name) has been playing online poker for a living for two years.

Then, last month, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney General’s Office shuttered PokerStars, FullTilt and another site,, and indicted their principals on charges of bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling.

It wasn’t just that the 42-year-old from Syosset, NY has a talent for the game, although $1.5 million in profit playing online poker since 2006 suggests he clearly does. It wasn’t just that Cliff Josephy was shrewd enough to start an online poker training web site with a former client, although that too has padded [...]