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Popular Opinion and Online Casino Laws

What sort of system of online gambling laws does not take into account the will of the people? Funny you should ask, but the American system of law, which is not friendly toward online casino companies, is exactly the sort of system we’re talking about. American laws are, supposedly, drafted by the legislators (Senators and Representatives) in the U.S. Congress, enforced by the Executive Branch (that would be the president) and determined as to their Constitutionality by the Supreme Court. Public opinion in the United States reflects the broad support online gambling enjoys amongst the populace (Americans make up a huge percentage of online gamblers worldwide).

And yet the Justice Department sees it fit to declare online gambling to be illegal, based on a law from 1961 that in the age of cable internet connections is hardly relevant to the current incarnation of the world wide web. There are no specific federal laws banning online casino gambling, though several U.S. states have passed laws banning the use and/or operation of online casinos within state lines. But other than that, online casino is not technically the “outlaw” practice that U.S. officials will try to make it out to be these days.

Luckily for online casino gamblers and operators alike, the U.S. government has more important matters to deal with than online gambling. This situation allows for gamblers and operators to interact with little fear of interference from U.S. authorities. Even so, online gamblers need to be sure that even if they are not violating federal laws they do not violate state laws, as this would possibly put them in danger of prosecution from state authorities if not federal authorities. Currently, both federal and state authorities act pretty leniently toward online gambling and online gamblers, but that could always change.

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.