Is online gambling legal in the USA in 2019?


2019 is halfway through and unfortunately for those who were hoping for nationwide gambling laws in the US are disappointed that more new online casino sites have not been granted a license. Online gambling is not yet legal across the United States of America, but the wheels are set in motion and progress is made every month. In some states, the effects are self evident, while others are slowly but surely advancing in the same direction. There are of course states where there is no reason to hope that the effects of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act will be undone.

Liberal leaning states lead the charge

New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware were the pioneers among US states trying to regulate online gambling. They’ve done a great job at passing regulation that allow local people to enjoy the thrills of online gambling in complete accord with the law. Players can only enjoy the games at selected casinos that have been granted a license, but this is pretty much what they were hoping for in the first place. Over the last couple of years, many were forced to take a leap of faith with offshore gambling operators that were provided the games illegally and without offering any guarantees.

Other liberal states are looking at these three and contemplate the possibility of passing similar laws. The financial benefits are by now obvious, since the state coffers have enjoyed a new stream of revenue at the end of the year. There are some who fear that the profits made as a result of taxing gambling could be offset by the problems caused by addiction. By working closely with the casinos and the gambling help groups, lawmakers hope to keep this thread under control. Truth be told, many problem gamblers are better off now when they have the option of playing at casinos that are under the scrutiny of lawmakers.

Looking at the Supreme Court for answers

Progress is painfully slow nationwide and the chances of online gambling being legal in the US is unlikely for the foreseeable future. State legislators do their part, but in many cases they are not allowed to decide everything for themselves. This is where the Supreme Court can make a decisive contribution, by giving the power back to the states in this sensitive matter. While each state will have to carefully analyze the pros and cons of passing new gambling laws, results will be easier to quantify countywide. Nothing is more convincing than success, so pioneering states could lead by example.

Players would be the main beneficiaries of legal gambling in the US, as they won’t have to take needless chances. Many are concerned about the legal consequences, but there are more who fear the predatory tactics employed by unlicensed casinos. Online gambling operators that provide services without a license often operate with impunity and exploit the most vulnerable players. A unified legislation would be ideal, but different laws governing the gambling market in each state would make a reasonable compromise.


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