USA Players are still asking “is it Legal to play at USA Online Casinos?”. (USA Casinos is a misnomer, ALL Casinos are based somewhere other than within the USA) It has been four years since the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act) bill President Bush signed October 13, 2006 that went into effect June 1, 2010. Let me state that it is not now, and never has been illegal.
The intent of this lame bill initially was to stop money laundering, not stop Casino Players from playing at USA Casinos. They were after the “money processors” without much thought and in the process made it difficult for players to make legal deposits…..if you would like to read the poker qq whole story of how all of this actually progressed: See link below
Currently there are over 2,000 Online Casinos on the Internet and of those approximately 160 are real money casinos that accept USA Casino Players.
Why only 160? Back in 2006 many Casinos that were marketing globally decided it would be easier to just jump ship and not accept USA Casino Players, than to deal with the pending deposit issues. The result of this was USA Casino Players panicked fearing reprisals, and quit playing altogether.
A huge renewed interest in Online Gambling has taken place in the past couple of years but, that lingering fear and curiosity of is it legal and safe, still exists.
Dispel your fears. It is safe, it is fun, and it is legal. That being said, it is now, as it always has been, necessary to use caution in researching your choice of Casino to play. There are a few things to look for in selecting a safe reputable Casino.
First Is Online Gambling legal in your jurisdiction?
Currently there are states that have enacted local laws prohibiting any and all forms of Online Gambling they are: Michigan, Illinois, Oregon, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Washington, Indiana, Nevada, South Dakota. If you live in one of these states, I’m sorry but you will not be able to download or make a deposit or play for free at any Online Casinos. Please check your own states laws.