Casinos in United States
Casinos in the USA have a very colorful history. There was a time when gambling was completely legal. The first US casino was actually opened in 1822 in New Orleans. During the Gold Rush and Wild West period in the 1850s, gambling was very popular in saloons across the country. Then in the early 1900s, casinos were shut down, and gambling was made illegal everywhere.
The laws didn’t change again until 1931, when gambling was legalized in Nevada and Las Vegas was born. In 1978 the first casino opened in Atlantic City and in 1987 gambling was made legal on Native American Indian Reservations, resulting in a host of new casinos being opened.
Regulating or prohibiting casinos is entirely within the states’ and the tribes’ rights and Uncle Sam does not intervene, as long as all other federal laws are observed.
Online Casinos in United States
While there were a whole host of American online casinos prior to 2006, the Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act of that year took them all down. Since then, Americans have played at a few casinos who have braved the wrath of the federal government, before their inevitable closure.
Luckily, this changed in 2012, when the government passed new legislation allowing individual states to legalize online gambling. Immediately, up stepped Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, with California and Texas both waiting in the wings. While Nevada became the first to offer online gambling in the summer of 2013, online casinos were not included. As such, Delaware became the first state to offer legal online casinos in America in early November 2013.
New Jersey was hot on their heels at the end of the month, and there are expected to be a lot more on the way as California, Texas and Pennsylvania look to pass new laws in 2014. There’s also the opportunity for intrastate gambling, as Nevada and Texas look into the possibility of teaming up, while Pennsylvania and New Jersey are also looking to team up in the near future.