The American gambling laws are complicated at the federal level. On top of this, the state regulations make these a labyrinth to pass. Many are interested to see what will happen in gambling states such as New Jersey and Nevada.
Many land-based casinos and horse betting track operators are quite worried about legalization of online gambling in the United States, even more worried than Apache Indian tribes living off poker and blackjack gamblers.
The worry is that online gambling sites in USA may prosper at the expense of these traditional establishments. The fact is that Americans are already gambling at offshore casinos and nothing will stop them. Nothing. Not even the Feds trying to scare them with long prison terms.
Not all lawmakers and men in power are anti-gambling advocates. In a report by American gambling news, New Jersey is seeking the easiest way to legalize Internet and mobile wagering in the state. Recently, a constitutional expert concluded that there would be no need to have a state referendum to allow gambling in New Jersey if the online activities occur through the servers based in Atlantic City.
This means that any resident physically present in New Jersey would be able to play poker or blackjack through these Atlantic City-based machines. It is not clear yet if the courts will seek to challenge this interpretation or whether the Feds will take action.
Meanwhile, the State of Nevada, with its famous Las Vegas, is looking at ways to legalize online sports betting, including mobile betting. Under the proposal, this would not violate the federal Wire Act if the betting takes place solely within the Silver State’s borders.
As it looks, the gambling regulation in America is taking a shape but is far from over.