Important Question – Is Online Gambling Legal in the US?

Online gambling in the United States is an interesting topic and there are conflicting views about this topic. As online gambling is constantly still being challenged, one frequently asked a question by many people is whether it is legal or not.

One thing is clear— the legality of online gambling depends on the state.

The stance to online gambling of most states of the US is vague as the law just doesn’t say. The many states are still struggling to put into law their stance on this subject. Currently, online casinos are legal in the following states: New Jersey, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.

Online Gambling in New Jersey

New Jersey has the largest market of legal and regulated real-money online casinos in the country.

However, all gambling activities should be within Atlantic City, and all approved gambling sites must be partnered with a land-based casino also within Atlantic City.

This means all gaming servers should, again, be within Atlantic City. Only people within state lines are eligible to play on the approved sites.

Online Gambling in Nevada

Nevada is the first state in the country to legalize land-based casinos and is also currently the highest grossing casino economy in the country. Online gambling was legalized for Nevada residents in 2013.

It’s the stance on real-money online gambling however is only restricted to online poker.

Online Gambling in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is the second-highest grossing casino economy in the country and is the fourth state to legalize online gambling. In 2017, Tom Wolf signed into law that the state now allows online slots, online poker, online table games, and more—and this will all launch sometime in mid-2019.

Currently, there are ten operators in the state with approved licenses as given by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

Considering the online gambling industry makes an estimate of over one billion dollars, some states have considered legalizing online gambling as well. And a great example of this is New York. 

Currently, New York hasn’t legalized online gambling—yet. The state is currently active though in trying to pass a law for its legalization. In 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a law legalizing daily fantasy sports— a mixture of fantasy sports and sports betting in a nutshell.

In 2018, the New York Senate passed a bill for the legalization of online poker. Unfortunately, this wasn’t passed by the Assembly.

But with Assemblyman Gary Pretlow leading, as he is pushing for the legalization of online sports betting in the state, it appears that there is a brighter future for New York’s stance on online gambling.

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Is Gambling an Art?

Poker is a game of skill rather than a game of chance. It’s a form of gambling that only a few select people master after playing for years. Is gambling, therefore, a form of art?

Gambling has always been a favorite pastime of many people in America. One great evidence of this is Las Vegas and their thriving businesses. To be successful, gambling requires great skill in order for the player who wants to win money.

Unless you’re playing slots, which relies heavily on luck, chances are when you’re gambling, you’re not risking your money without first making sure you have the possibility of winning.

This may include being exceptional at counting cards, choosing between empty or crowded tables, or something really basic such as researching online before betting.

But the bottom line is this: acquiring skills so as not to throw away your hard-earned money doesn’t come easy.

Counting Cards

Take for example the art of counting cards. It’s the most basic skill that people usually master to increase potential earnings at the table. It allows players to bet more with less risk when the count gives an advantage, while likewise minimizes losses on an unfavorable count.

There’s a reason why downloading card counting apps and bringing them to the table is illegal. It brings an unfair advantage to the player who is otherwise in equal footing with the others.

But the art of card counting—as it happens so quickly in a person’s head—is something everyone should see as a skill that doesn’t come easy. Card counting isn’t illegal in the country as it isn’t stated so in any federal, state, or local laws.

Casinos though object to the practice and sometimes ban players who they believe are counters. Successful card counters therefore also need to learn the skill of “cover” behavior, or not bringing attention to themselves. This just goes to show how much of an art gambling really is. It’s not cheating, it’s just a skill.