A federal judge has struck down the largest gaming site and gaming websites in Nevada, effectively shutting down one of the nation’s largest and most popular online gambling sites.
The $100 million fine was ordered by U.S. District Judge Stephen T. Breyer in Las Vegas, which is the biggest U.A.E. casino and gaming venue in Nevada.
The fine amounts to nearly $1 billion in fines and other sanctions, including the seizure of tens of millions of dollars in online gambling revenue, Breyer wrote in a ruling released Monday.
Breyer’s decision means the operators of Nevada’s largest online gambling website, Gamblers.com, will have to close.
That decision means Gamblers, the country’s largest, and other operators of gaming sites will be forced to shut down.
The ruling comes as U.B.C. casinos, including Las Vegas Sands, have filed suit against the state of Nevada.
Breyers ruling does not directly address the gambling site operators.
Instead, it focuses on the decision by Breyer to require operators to close the sites.
“There is no question that the decision to close these gambling sites is motivated by the conduct of these operators,” Breyer writes.
“It is also clear that the operators acted in good faith and acted in a manner consistent with the best interests of the public.
This determination is not meant to imply that the parties were acting in a criminal fashion.”
The operators of the online gambling site that Breyer ruled against, the Nevada Gaming Commission, had already filed a federal lawsuit against Breyer, seeking $50 million in damages.
The Nevada Gaming Division argued Breyer had not considered whether the operators’ conduct was in the public interest.
The decision also puts into question Breyer’s previous decision to fine and fine again for the operators.
Breyers decision last year struck down a $30 million fine imposed by Breyers office for the same online gambling operators.
The operators appealed Breyer last month, arguing that Breyers failure to issue a ruling on their appeal is a violation of his constitutional duty to enforce the U.P.A.’s gambling laws.