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6 States Seeking to Legalize Online Casinos

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 8:53
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Gaming in the United States is a huge industry and within that arena is a group that has been around for a very long time. When playing casino games for money, it becomes a form of gambling which has a history of controversy as to whether it is legal or illegal. At the current time wagering at online casinos is not considered to be illegal but it is by no stretch of the imagination exactly legal either. What does this mean and can players safely wager at online casinos? First, it might be wise to take a look at what individual states are doing about it but you might be surprised at the ultimate answer!

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New Jersey Leads the Pack

In 2006 the United States Congress took another look at casino games online and did a bit of backpedaling. Prior to the 2006 ruling, online gambling was legislated as leaning towards the illegal side of the issue but that all became clear in that one Bill. What was determined, in laymen’s terms, is that online casino games are not to be legislated on a Federal level. Only online sports betting is to be considered illegal by the Feds but each state is to set its own laws in regards to casino gambling. Where previously only offshore casinos were available, now there are choices from sites such as where you can pick and choose those that offer both the games you are interested in as well as rewards that you are looking to win.

What Has Transpired Since Fox News Reported on Cyber Gambling

In January of 2014, Fox News reported that cyber gambling had made a comeback and is now legal as more and more states are taking the initiative to introduce legislation to legalize it. With New Jersey in the forefront, there are six new states seeking to introduce cyber gambling, many of which like California are seeking to offer intrastate poker while a seventh, Mississippi, had proposed legislation due in Committee. Even so, there is a huge movement to legalize gambling rather than just working off the premise that it is ‘not illegal’ on a Federal level. Also, it has been noted that players are rarely sought after by law enforcement, especially at such small stakes.

Seeking an End to the Confusion in Legislation

The end result in all this is that although there is still some amount of confusion, several states have already passed laws or are in the process of passing laws to legalize online casinos. As a part of the gaming industry, the CEO for the American Gaming Association spoke before Congress to explain why prohibition just doesn’t work and how casinos can be a huge part of the economy if legislated properly. The six states seeking to legalize online casinos include California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and Washington.

With players across the country gearing up to join the millions who enjoy online casinos, there is a ton of truth in that statement. Prohibition just doesn’t work and gamers will be playing no matter what. As a growing industry, online casinos will continue to grow as states begin passing legislation this year and going forward.

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