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Online casinos: Why they are still illegal

When it comes to online gambling, the USA can seem a bit behind the times. Very few states actually allow their residents to gamble online but this country is in the minority in this regard. There are many reasons for this to be the case, though things could be changing for the states soon.

The roots of the online gambling ban are at the core to protect the citizens. This is to prevent them from becoming addicted to the hobby, as this can have disastrous consequences. These consequences can lead to the state having to fund rehabilitation programs and self-help schemes, so it does have a knock on effect. The counter to this argument is that citizens should be able to make their own decisions and deal with those consequences.

chipsThe three states that currently allow online gambling are New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada. They are growing exponentially but at a slower rate than initially forecast. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, had forecast $1 billion in revenue from online gambling in his state, but instead it reached just 12 percent of this. Of course that’s still a lot of money! This kind of over ambitious forecasting could damage the cause however.

Under a Trump Administration, these outdated views on what should and should not be allowed may change. While we can’t say for certain what this president will do, if online gambling makes money then it could be the next law to change. We are becoming much more progressive as a society and legalising what were once vices, so internet gambling could make its way into more states.

If we look at what other countries are doing, we can see a full list of sites with new online casinos ready to launch in 2017. This saturation of the market could be seen as a downfall but it means that something is working and people are making money from it. If these were to become legal in the States then it’s likely that we would see a similar volume of sites here too.

Some states are tipped to be the next to legalise online gambling, with California and Pennsylvania leading the pack. These progressive states are known for their commitment to changing outdated laws and improving their legislation. It is a costly process though, so there’s no guarantee that these states would go through with such a move.

rouletteRegulation is the hot button issue with new online casinos, as there has to be due process in place to police this. This is a costly venture, as states must outline their procedure and licencing laws. These all take up the time of the governors and their aides, which in turn costs the state more money. Authors of bills have to be unbiased and their legislation has to go through a lot of vetting too.

As with any venture that the government undertakes, regulating gambling has to be profitable at the end of the day. This is an assessment that will be tantamount to the success of the industry, though over ambitious forecasts will be detrimental to this. The physical casino market is reducing in size, so these could be a lifeline to an industry that may struggle in the future.

We may see huge changes to laws surrounding these sites but they might not stick around if they’re seen to be posing a risk to citizens. This could be because more people are reporting issues or if it’s seen to be costing the state too much. It’s a case of everything hanging in the balance for this new and controversial industry, it really is a gamble.


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Dan Dean likes to write about games and gaming for a variety of news outlets. Contact the author.
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