Online Gaming, What Is The Law In Your State?

May 5, 2020

By Bretton Love

It is a fact that online gaming has become massively popular from Harlem to Harare.

The industry is predicted to generate $60bn globally in revenue by the end of 2020 and is forecast to continue its growth in the years to come. Of course, the increasing number of US states that have chosen to legalize online gaming via internet casinos will help in this growth. Whether it is the sites on an NJ online casino list or internet casinos in other states where they are legal, the US market will play a massive role in how the online gaming industry progresses in the future.

Of course, online casino play has not always been allowed in the USA. It was only back in summer 2012 that Delaware passed the Gaming Competitiveness Act to allow online casino gaming legally within its borders. After that, Nevada passed legislation in 2013 to do the same, and New Jersey got in on the act later in 2013. Other states, including Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado, Montana, Rhode Island, and Oregon also now offer legal online gambling.

Make sure to stay within the law

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Although online gaming at casino sites has been made legal by some states, it has not yet been given the green light in all. Many US states either remain opposed to it, nervous about it or are merely moving slowly in passing it into state law. That means it is not wise to assume that you can gamble online in your state. Doing so could put you on the wrong side of the law and in legal trouble.

It is also unwise to assume that all states operate to the same set of rules around online gaming. What is allowed in your state could well be different from what a friend in another state can do. It is always worth double-checking before you start playing so that you are 100% sure.

But where could you look to find the laws around online casino play in your state?

Check out reputable online websites

For many people who need a reliable source of information, the internet itself is the first port of call. It is a good move when checking out what the laws in your state say about online gaming. The main point, though, is to take information only from reputable and authoritative websites. Online casinos or gambling sites are one such example to think about using. Well-respected news sites like CNN or Fox are another. By using reputable sites, you know the information you get is trustworthy and can be relied upon. A quick look on any major search engine should throw up a few decent articles which show exactly if online gaming is legal in your state and what is (or isn’t!) allowed.

Official government sources of information

Another good source of information on this subject is looking to the government itself for advice. As this is something dealt with at a state level, it is best to look for state-based facts rather than at a Federal level. State websites can be easily found with a quick internet search – usually, they are the state name with .gov at the end. All sites like this should have information about their online gaming regulations and show you precisely what the laws are where you are located. If you prefer, you could email, phone, or even call in person to check the online gaming laws by asking state employees.

Ask around friends in your state

While it is not wise to rely on advice from a friend outside of your state, you could keep it simple and check with friends who live in your area. Naturally, it is best to get advice from those who are experienced in online gaming and who know exactly if it is allowed or what is legally permitted where you live. The advantage with this way of checking the situation is that you can get answers instantly and also ask any specific follow up questions you may need answering.

Finding out about the gaming law in your state makes sense

Life is tough now for people across New York with the ongoing COVID-19 situation. That is true for others across all of the United States as well. The present situation could mean you might fancy getting involved with online casino gaming to have fun with at home or as something to carry on enjoying when things get back to normal. Before you dive in, it does make sense to check the laws in your state around such gaming.

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