Legalized Gambling

Casino gambling was not always allowed and still not all gaming activities are considered to be legal. In different countries and even districts the attitude of the local authorities towards gambling is very different. That's why the question about online gambling legality can not be clearly defined. Yet, it should be mentioned that most laws refer to ground casino gambling and don't cover online gambling portals that's why the problem of legal gambling on the Net is not solved.

State Gaming Laws in the USA

Today any gambling companies in the USA are regulated by the State Legislatures that's why in different states you can face different gambling laws which permit or ban gambling establishments. In some US states most gambling halls have been legalized but in some of them the gamblers are forbidden to participate in any lotteries and play table games and casino slots. Nevada is the most loyal when speaking about gambling. It has allowed to organize gambling in any form and turned gambling business into the most profitable source for the local budget. On the contrary, the law in Utah prohibits gambling and considers any activities which involve betting to be illegal in the state. However, most of the state laws do not deal with online gambling that is more likely to prevent cheating at slots, card games and provide safe transactions.

Federal Gaming Laws in the USA

All the attempts to forbid online gambling activities in the United States failed because any law that would forbid gambling activities on the Internet did not get the needed amount of votes in the Senate. Today the single legal guide to online gaming is the federal laws that somehow may be assigned to gambling activities over the web. So, the most important federal law regarding online gambling is the Wire Wager Act which is used to control online gaming. The Act forbids the use of wire connections for wagering. Under the Act any gambler who uses the wire communications to place bets, takes part in the sport betting, searches for any data regarding wagering or betting, breaks the law and can be fined or even imprisoned.

The attitudes towards the Wire Wager Act are different. According to some people, it covers just the sport betting activities and thus can not be applied to casino games. So, currently many online casinos do not accept wagers from the US gamblers. That is why, each time you play on the Internet check up whether the casino accepts the players from your country. In addition, study the local laws to find out if the Internet gaming is allowed according to the local legislations.