Online gambling in the US is legal, but the laws governing it vary from state to state. The Wire Act of 1961, for instance, aims to protect consumers from illegal gambling activities, but this law was drafted before the Internet was commonplace. It is not applicable to digital wagering, such as sports betting. In 2011, the Department of Justice gave states the authority to pass their own legislation to regulate online gambling. Then, in 2018, the Supreme Court overturned a federal ban on online sports betting. As a result, sports betting has become legal in the US.
Online gambling is legal in 48 states, with the exception of Hawaii and the US Virgin Islands. Both states have large populations of Mormons and Hawaiians, and both have religious climates that discourage gambling. However, many other states are considering legalizing online casinos. Some of these states include Wyoming, Illinois, Missouri, and South Dakota. New York may soon follow suit and legalize online gambling, and the state will likely benefit from the tax revenues.
Online gambling is a growing industry, with millions of people betting online every day. However, before you jump in, it’s important to learn a few tips and follow the rules of the game.