Online Gambling Laws

Online Gambling

Online Gambling is a betting game that involves a wager on the outcome of a contest of chance. It is illegal without a permit. Several states have banned gambling.

In the United States, state officials have expressed concerns that the Internet could be used to bring illegal gambling into their jurisdictions. The Department of Justice has taken steps to prosecute online gambling. These actions are based on constitutional and legal arguments.

UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) is a statute that prohibits money laundering and other related activities. According to the law, any individual or business engaged in Internet-based gambling is subject to penalties. This includes a maximum six-month prison sentence, plus a $500 fine.

Section 1956 of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act also creates a number of new crimes. These include laundering to disguise, for the purpose of evading taxes, and laundering with intent to promote illicit activity.

In addition to the UIGEA, the Wire Act is another federal law that can be applied to all forms of Internet gambling. However, the Fifth Circuit ruled against the Department of Justice’s application of the Wire Act.

A new amendment to the Polish Gambling Act is scheduled to come into force on April 1, 2017. Under the new rules, only sites that have a license from the Polish Government will be able to offer online gambling services.

Several other similar bills have been introduced in the House and Senate. Some of them would modify the UIGEA to allow for greater consumer protection and enforcement. They also would require the director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to license online gambling facilities.