Legality of Online Gambling
The discussion as to whether gambling is legal depends on the player’s location. Various countries have imposed restrictions relating to online gambling, and in certain cases it’s may be illegal for someone to place a wager at an online casino. While in regular casinos you knew where you stand, with certain cities (like Las Vegas), when it comes to their online counterparts, anyone can access the casinos, even if they’re not in a country or state where it is allowed.
A player in the United States is no longer influenced by a casino’s ability to get themselves based in that country. The casino can be licensed in one of the multiple countries that are considered ideal locations, and then it can be accessed from any country in the world.
In the end, the player is the one that has to keep himself informed, and know exactly what he’s getting himself into if he decides to gamble online. He should know in advance whether the laws of his state or country give him the option to gamble online. If he chooses to continue and gamble anyway, despite any restrictions that might’ve been imposed on him, the risk is on him.
Generally, no matter what country the player is from, there is an age restriction in place, meaning that only players that are at least 18 years old are allowed to gamble. This restriction is put in place in pretty much every country that has online gambling laws.
One of the countries where online gambling is an issue is the United States, though the problem there is not the gambling per se. The laws that were passed in 2006 in regards to this activity dealt with the financial aspects, banning financial transactions that were connected with this industry from happening. Gambling online is still allowed these days in the United States as a whole (individual states are another matter), but finding online casinos willing to risk accepting players from the US and the headache that comes with the processing of their financial transactions is another matter.
In 2013, a number of states from the United States have legalized online gambling, and they are planning on giving people living there the option to do it. The gambling would be restricted to casinos that have local licenses though, so that’s one way of circumventing the ban on U.S players that most offshore casinos have in place. A number of established regular casinos are thinking about creating an online casino for themselves as well, to complement their normal operations. The US states that have passed laws so far on online gambling include Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey.
Even with the illegality of the electronic wire transactions, there are still some casinos out there willing to risk it, so casinos that accept U.S players do exist. It’s just that there are considerably less casinos doing so.