Online gambling began gaining popularity in the 1990s, and it seemed like a way to get around government regulations. Operators would set up shop offshore, and anyone with a credit card and a web browser could place bets. This prompted the Department of Justice and Congress to look at whether online gambling should be regulated.
Online gambling is not yet legal in all 50 states, but some states have passed legislation that makes it legal. For example, Nevada and Delaware allow online casinos and poker. The state of New Jersey has passed legislation that will allow online gambling. Other states are considering legislation to legalize online gambling. Regardless of where you live, make sure to check with your local government before making a wager.
Online gambling is legal in many countries, but is illegal in others. Most countries have a minimum age requirement for gambling. However, the legal age can be higher than 18 in some countries. The age requirements for playing online gambling vary by state. While some sites allow gambling from 18 to 19 years, others may require that gamblers be at least 21 years old.
In 1998, the number of gambling websites began to grow. By the end of the year, there were more than 200 sites. According to a Frost & Sullivan report, online gambling generated $830 million in 1998. In the same year, the first online poker rooms were introduced. In 1999, the US Senate introduced a bill known as the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act, which would have banned online gambling in the United States. The next year, multiplayer online gambling also became legal.