Law Breaking Internet Gambling Act
Like many poker fans, you may be worried about the passing of the Law Breaking Internet Gambling Act last year. Does the law make it illegal to play poker online?
First of all, you must know that even before the law was passed, online gambling was considered illegal by 11 countries. I assume this means that state law considers online poker illegal - I am not familiar with all state laws, but that is what I will conclude. The 11 states where online gambling is considered illegal - and still do so today - are Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. I repeat, online gambling remains illegal in these countries. However, as far as I know, no one has ever been sued by any state for gambling online.
In California, where I register poker, the law does not equate "poker" with "gambling" but considers playing games, and professional poker players are not considered gamblers, but as professional game players.
After the law was passed, nothing really changed with regard to the legality of online gambling. As I said, it remains illegal in 11 states. But the law does not make online gambling illegal in the United States as a whole. Following this line of thought, logically there are 39 US states where online gambling is legal, as before the Law was passed.
So what did the law do? Apart from its name, it does not state online gambling is legal. Instead, it makes it illegal for financial institutions in the US to allow the use of electronic funds transfers and credit or debit cards in connection with online gambling. So the player can no longer bet or collect wins through this method. Of course, most US banks and credit card companies have refused to use their cards at online gambling sites. But the new law has placed more restrictions on how players transfer funds to and from online gambling sites pokerkiu
However, there are still a number of online poker sites that accept real money players from the United States. If you are a US citizen and find yourself banned from one poker site, then don't worry - you are sure to find one that lets you play.
After all, there is controversy over whether the new bill can even be implemented. After all, online poker sites are located outside the United States. So how is the United States law made to apply to them?
Is it legal to play online poker in the United States? The answer is yes, it is valid - at least in 39 of 50 countries. But the new bill has made it harder for US players to make money from it.