Online gambling is being regulated all over the world and players from most countries enjoy a lot of freedom in choosing their bookmakers and online casinos of choice. American punters are rightfully feeling mistreated and even persecuted, by the prohibitive legislation that prevents them from gambling online. The negative consequences of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act are still reverberating more than a decade later and online gambling is largely illegal in the USA.The Wind of Change is Blowing in the US
New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware are the three states that have led the wave of reforms aimed at regulating the online gambling industry nationwide. Significant progress has been made across the US, with legislators being inspired by the milestones set by the three states. Some new casinos are now legal within their borders and interstate compacts allow players to compete against their counterparts from other parts of the US. As more states pass legislation that regulates online gambling, their citizens will be allowed to tag along and once more, experience the thrills of Internet gambling.
The recent decisions by the Supreme Court are fueling hope that US states will be able to fully decide the manner in which online gambling is regulated on their territory. Pennsylvania has jumped on the bandwagon and the new gambling laws have come into effect before the end of 2018. California and other major states contemplate similar actions, so in 2019, the number of states where online gambling will be legal could more than double. Unfortunately, for the citizens of dozens of US states, there is no reason to expect any change of attitude towards gambling.Financial Benefits Weigh Heavily in the Balance
The well-being and freedom of the citizens should be the main arguments when contemplating the pros and cons of passing online gambling legislation. Lawmakers, however, are more concerned about the cold economics and the impact such laws would make on state coffers. States with a strong land-based casino industry are reluctant to jeopardize its success by legalizing online gambling. On the other hand, New Jersey and Nevada are shining examples of states that have made these steps despite the strong lobby made by Las Vegas and Atlantic City gambling tycoons.
Deep political divisions and conservative ideas are guaranteed to keep online gambling illegal in many US states for decades to come. This means that online gambling won’t be fully legal in the USA in 2019 and there’s no reason to expect this to change anytime soon. The good news is that the wind of change is finally blowing strong and most of the harmful effects of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act are slowly, but steadily being undone. As states have regained the power to regulate online gambling within their borders, many have chosen to wield this power to restore Internet gambling.