When referring to online gambling one must understand all forms of gambling done on the internet. This includes online casinos, online sports books, online bingo rooms etc. Most popular online casino games include poker, roulette, blackjack, baccarat, craps, slots, video poker or bingo. Most of the online casinos provide for their customers also online free casino games where a player can practice his gambling skills without spending any real money.
Further more, things work like this. A player finds an online casino suitable for him, uploads funds to the casino and once the money transfer was made the player is able to place bets on any online gambling games.
Because of the US online gambling legislation, most US banks donâ€™t allow online gambling transactions. More, many online casinos, being aware of the US online gambling legislation usually reject the credit or debit cards of Americans.
In 2002, The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit declared that the Federal Wire Act prohibits the electronic transmission of information for sports betting across states lines. This includes online gambling, since online casinos can be located anywhere in the United States, and the location of the online casino is not always located in the same state of the online gambler.
In the same year (2002), the Court of Appeals also ruled that online gambling on a game of chance is not prohibited. Based on these rulings, online gambling is legal if you are betting on sporting events at online casinos that are in your state of residence. As well, based on the same decree, online gambling is legal if you are betting a game of chance, which represents any type of game influenced by a randomizing device like dice, playing cards or a roulette wheel. Based on this, all other forms of online gambling games would technically be considered legal.
The US government said at that time that one of their main fears is that people will use online casinos to commit money-laundering operations. Other concerns they had referred to age verification - underage gambling, federal and state tax collection and the raise of gambling addictions.
Again, based on the 2002 ruling, any advertising of online gambling may be thought-out as â€oeaiding and bettingâ€?, meaning that any advertiser of online gambling casinos is lending a hand for those who want to use the site in the commission of a crime like money laundering or placing sports bets across state lines. However, this ruling does not apply to non-sports betting, but makes it against the law to own a sports betting operation that facilitates betting to US residents.
In 2007 US congressman, Robert Wexler proposed the Skill Game Protection Act according to which, online card games like poker and bridge or other forms of skill games (chess) should be legalized. The act has not been yet approved but I believe this it will be a step forward.