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Updated May 23, 2014 - 7:14 am

Racketeering law doesn’t cover gambling losses

PHOENIX — A state court decision says people who voluntarily engage in online gambling can’t use Arizona’s anti-racketeering law to sue websites’ operators to recover gambling losses.

The state Court of Appeals decision issued Thursday upholds a Maricopa County Superior Court judge’s ruling against a man who had sued several operators of gambling websites after he lost $800,000.

The man’s lawsuit alleged that the websites were an enterprise engaged in civil racketeering.

But the court decision says there’s nothing in the state racketeering law that indicates it would cover losses by a voluntary gambler who is not claiming that the games were rigged.

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