Is Online Gambling Legal in the USA? Some States Allow It, While Others Still Don’t
By Space Coast Daily // June 26, 2018
If you are at all involved within the gambling industry then it won’t surprise you that even now online gambling is still a confusing place in the U.S. with some states allowing whilst others still don’t. The confusing part of all of this is even if it is legal in some parts of the country federal law does not allow anyone at all outside those states to play games hosted within them.
Although this can be a mind-boggling mine-field there have been some positive developments that could lead to the blanket ban that sadly covers online gaming might be coming to an end.
Pennsylvania had recently become the fourth State of the U.S. to allow online gambling, and the consensus of opinion tells us that slowly the number of places where people can enjoy online gambling is growing. Live Casino games are the most popular with Americans and soon mobile gaming sites may be available in the USA.
For example, Fruity King live casino is one of the UK’s biggest mobile casino operators and it offers hundreds of live casino games that can be played for free or real-money from your smartphone.
The thing is it is plain to see that those States which do allow online gambling can make a great deal of revenue, you only need to look at the Mayweather/MacGregor fight which had Nevada’s sportsbook grow massively, and although big events are not the norm, the hype surrounding the fight generated a great deal of interest and consequently, betting.
There is in fact, some that would say that although consumer protections are used by many States as the reason not to allow online gambling, the real reason for the preference to allow or disallow online gambling is simply down to how much money it will generate.
If we take a look at the New Jersy sports betting ban, about 55 percent of American are in favour of sports betting legislation, and even though the President himself attempted to stop the case being heard by the Supreme Court, there is still hope that the State of New Jersey will soon be able to offer regulated and legal sports betting.
Currently, there are a number of states that are considering online gambling and as we watch things developing there is hope that at least a dozen will legalize it as early as next year. Below are the top three states that have the highest chance of moving legislation forward.
Illinois is looking at legalizing online gambling, mainly looking at the money that can be generated for the State. A gaming bill is expected soon once it is reviewed and the process comes to fruition.
West Virginia has a good chance of making online gambling legal and this again is due to the States legal casinos not generating enough revenue compared to its neighbors.
New York also wants to legalize online poker and would probably also partner up with the existing legal States to create a mega player pool of 45 million. Online poker bills have already been passed through the Senate both this year and last, and we can expect more progress in the near future.
One thing is for certain and that is that gambling in the U.S. is definitely on course for a shake-up with 2018 turning out to be an interesting year for all those concerned.
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