Online Gambling in the US
We all know that Las Vegas is one of the capitals of gambling, not only in the US but in the entire world. Gambling in America is, however, not limited to just one strip in the whole country. Las Vegas isn’t the only city and Nevada isn’t the only state that has land-based casinos. Land-based casinos are plentiful throughout the U.S; however, the same cannot be said for online casinos. It is well known that the United States is comprised of 52 different states, and each of these states has its own laws regulating gambling. With that said, let’s take a look at where online gambling is legal and illegal with the United States.
States in the U.S. where online gambling is legal
Certain states in the US have paved the way in the online gambling market by breaking away from the laws that other states operate under. These states have gone ahead and legalized some aspects of online gambling entertainment or have legalized all sorts of online gambling entertainment. These legalized activities may include slots, video poker, table games, and specialized games such as craps and keno.
The State of New Jersey
In New Jersey, online gambling is not only legal, it is also highly regulated. There are more than a dozen legally licensed online casino websites as well as online poker rooms in the state. As a result, the online gambling market of New Jersey rails in over $225 million a year in revenue. The state has also legalized online sportsbook sites that allow residents of the state to place bets on betting sites and apps.
The State of Nevada
This one shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The state that hosts the Vegas strip is bound to be at the forefront of online casino gambling within the US. The state of Nevada has been a pioneer with regards to legalized online gambling in the US. They led the way in legalizing online poker rooms for residents of their state.
Although the state has yet to legalize casinos that offer other gambling entertainment such as slots, video poker, and table games, you needn’t worry as there are over 100 land-based casinos in the state. Nevada has also legalized sports betting sites and mobile apps.
The State of Pennsylvania
When you happen to be the fourth-biggest state in America to join the online gambling bandwagon, there are bound to be perks. New laws that were passed in recent years allow the trade and formation of online casinos, sports betting sites, bingo rooms, and poker rooms. The state welcomed the launch of its first-ever sportsbook site just five months ago, in late 2018.
The State of Delaware
This smaller state has managed to lead the way when it comes to legalizing and regulating online gambling platforms. The state has made poker rooms and sports betting sites legal for their citizens. They have also legalized single-game sports betting.
States considering the legality of online gambling
Due to the successful legalization and regulation of online casino platforms in other states, there are more states in the county looking to join the party. As a result, there are US states actively considering through local policies and laws to legalize online gambling for citizens in their states.
The State of California
Probably one of the most liberal states in the US, it is not a big shocker that California has been attempting to pass a bill to legalize and regulate online gambling for the last ten years. The bill never seems to pass, and the conversation has started to dwindle and die down when it comes to this matter. Hopefully, the discussion will be reignited soon so Californians don’t have to wait another ten years.
The State of New York
Another liberal and diverse US state, New York should be at the forefront next to its neighboring state of New Jersey in the conversation of online gambling. It seems that New York has woken up and sipped the online gambling kool-aid as the state is seeking to legalize online poker rooms.
Due to the state’s constitutional restrictions, no gambling advancements can be made without a majority public vote, which has yet to happen. As poker is viewed as a game that requires high levels of strategy and intellect, it may not be considered as gambling, and thus a bill may be passed. This didn’t happen in 2018, but hopefully, it will happen in 2019.
The State of Massachusetts
Massachusetts has been floating a number of bills in the air in an attempt to regulate online gambling in the last couple of years. The Gaming Commission of Massachusetts has raised their voice on this matter, and it seems that it may reach a bursting point and lawmakers will be forced to vote on these bills.
The State of Michigan
In 2018, bills to legalize online casinos and online poker rooms were sent to the Governor of the state where he vetoed against it. This, of course, won’t be the last time other bills will be pushed forward, and it’s only a matter of time before one is passed