Know Your Rights and What Legislation Applies to Gambling in the US

Abiding by rules and legislation is important, but this also implies that one has to educate oneself on what those laws entail. Mapping out the intricacies is not at all necessary, but familiarizing yourself with what the law states do add value to your gambling experience.

Here we map out those laws and explain them to you in the simplest of terms, to ensure you that you are always acting within your rights and upholding the law while enjoying your favorite gambling games at brick and mortar as well as online gambling sites. Let’s jump right in.

First, we look at some interesting facts regarding the legality of gambling in the United States

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  • Laws concerning online gambling are strict and aims to monitor online casino operators
  • State-run lotteries are available in more than 40 states in the country
  • Large tribal casinos are spread all over the US

Next, we will take a closer look at the specific laws governing gambling activities in the country, and what each of the laws states.

The Interstate Wire Act (IWA)

This law says that it is illegal to make wagers by way of a ‘wire communication facility’, in other words, it is illegal to gamble and offer to gamble by means of the internet. Fear not, however, as this law is mainly aimed at illegal online casino operators, who are taking advantage of the unknowing US gamblers who love playing at online casinos. The only way that this law can affect you, is when an illegal online casino operator is caught and you have an account with the specific online casino, where you might lose your accumulated winnings when the operator is prosecuted.

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA)

This law is mainly concerned with casino operators and financial services providers and prohibits the latter to receive funds from such institutions. It is therefore illegal for banks in the states to accept money coming from illegal online gambling sites. The act does make an exception for certain types of betting, which includes skill games, fantasy sports betting, and other existing legal gambling operations. Once again, this law does not affect or prosecute gamblers, but rather illegal institutions.

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)

PASPA is also a law that does not really apply to gamblers, but rather to institutions who promote, sponsor and operate the betting on sports of any kind. Once again, the law is on the side of the gambler and aims to prosecute those who are operating illegal gambling sites and games.

As you can see, there is no law that will prosecute you as a gambler. The only danger is if you should happen upon an illegal site or game, that you might not be able to claim your winnings. Be sure to have a look that the site you frequent is legal and you should be fine.


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