Gambling in the USA is hard to get your head around largely because many of the 50 states have their own incarnations of the Federal laws. For instance much of the USA has banned all forms of sports betting and online betting, but some states, including Nevada have overruled these laws and run regulated industries.
The below table reveals the legalities of each form of major online gambling in the states of the USA. Just because they are technically illegal, does not mean we can’t do these types of gambling, it just means we’ll be playing at offshore sites, or ones based in another country.
For more information on any of the following please follow the links in the table.
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Sports betting in the USA
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was officially overturned by the US Supreme Court on May 14, 2018, which paves the way for states to tax and regulate sports betting.
New Jersey challenged Murphy vs NCAA which was a legal stoush between major sports leagues and the state, and argued that the industry could provide a significant revenue stream. But the NCAA countered that sports betting was a violation of PASPA.
Twice the PASPA legislation was upheld but finally in a 6-3 majority the Supreme Court made the decision to allow sports betting to be legalised on a state by state basis.
This means each state in the USA can legislate to allow sports betting which will create many different laws across the country, and will ultimately lead to legislation legalising wagering at a federal level to stamp out the conflicting state laws.
At the moment only several US States have some form of legal and regulated sports wagering, but even these states, in comparison to advanced wagering jurisdictions like the United Kingdom and Australia, the USA is streets behind.
Instead millions of US dollars is being wagered at offshore gambling websites, with these unaffected by the existing Federal laws, despite the best attempts of the Government over the the years.
As sports betting is legalised across the USA states, the jockeying to operate is going to be intense with UK gambling giants like William Hill and Bet365 already signalling their intentions to make a play for the market.
USA sports betting fans wager on everything from the NBA, NFL, college sports, NHL and many other global and domestic sporting competitions.
Online casinos in the USA
Online casinos in America are much like sports betting in that there is a lack of regulation in most states, although more and more land-based venues are branching out into the online realm. As a general rule in the states with legal online casinos like Nevada, the website must be paired or owned by a land-based venue, which then allows them to offer real money casino games on the internet.
Other states in America still fail to address online casinos in law meaning they are governed by the outdated UIEGA legislation, which fails to stop USA citizens from gambling at offshore casinos, with many decent ones available to citizens of the state. If you are new to the scene, by offshore, we simply mean that the casino has a license in other jurisdiction.
As an example BetOnline.ag is one of the biggest casino operators accepting punters from the USA and they have a Costa Rica license and process all their money offshore. Ideally the US Government does not want this happening, but until they either A) regulated online casinos or B) venture into the world of IP blocking, which they have shown an unwillingness to do, you can legally play at casinos based outside the states.