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Online Casino Gambling Law in the Air

When it comes to online casinos, the law can be unclear, gray and very fuzzy. Online casino sites operate in countries where online gambling is legal, but many of the players who play at these Internet gambling sites do so from countries which consider online casino sites against the law.

In the United States, online gambling is deemed illegal. Yet the majority of online casino players are from the US. How is this possible? Is the government unaware of its own people’s actions? No. The US federal and state governments know that people – a large population as a matter of fact – play at online casino portals. But because it is easier to catch and prosecute players who gamble at a land-based, ‘homemade’ casino, in a state where gambling is illegal, than it is to catch a player who is participating in online gambling in the privacy of his own home, through the world wide web at an online casino overseas, it is difficult to go after a problem that is not apparent to the eye. The government cannot afford to send policeman to every neighborhood in America and have them knock door to door in order to catch online casino members.

There have been law cases and hearings, both for and against online gambling. The world of online casino sites is growing, and the governments that do not allow legalized and regulated online gambling know that more and more people will begin playing, and continue to play, at the online casino sites that are popping up all over the Internet. With opinions, beliefs, and arguments bouncing back and forth between members of Congress, parliament or any other form of government, the battle against illegal gambling will be difficult, tiring, and long. Only time will tell what will eventually become of legalized gambling and regulation.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.