In April 2004 Google
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google) and Yahoo!
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahoo!), the two largest internet search engines
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_engines), announced that they were removing online gambling advertising from their sites. The move followed a United States Department of Justice announcement that, in what some say is a contradiction of the Appeals Court ruling, the Wire Act relating to telephone betting applies to all forms of Internet gambling, and that any advertising of such gambling "may" be deemed as aiding and abetting.
In the United States, the North Dakota
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Dakota) House of Representatives passed a bill in February 2005 to legalize and regulate online poker and online poker cardroom operators in the state. The legislation required that online poker operations would have to physically locate their entire operations in the state. Testifying before the state Senate Judiciary committee, Nigel Payne, CEO of Sportingbet and owner of Paradise Poker, pledged to relocate to the state if the bill became law.
The measure, however, was defeated by the State Senate in March 2005 after the U. S. Department of Justice sent a letter to North Dakota attorney general Wayne Stenehjem
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Stenehjem) stating that online gaming is illegal, and that the pending legislation violates the federal Wire Act
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Wire_Act). However, many legal experts dispute the DOJ's claim
In response to this and other claims by the DOJ regarding the legality of online poker, many of the major online poker sites stopped advertising their "dot-com" sites in American media. Instead, they created "dot-net" sites that are virtually identical but offer no real money
wagering. The sites advertise as poker schools or ways to learn the game for free, and feature words to the effect of "this is not a gambling website."