The purpose of this website is to provide an overview of issues related to Internet gambling in the USA, including lists of gambling websites which still accept customers from the United States. The passage of UIGEA in 2006 had a major effect on the entire online gambling industry, and many US gamblers are interested in knowing which sites shut their doors to American players and which sites are still USA friendly. Many popular and secure online gambling sites still accept players from the USA. Regardless of the legal situation, some Americans still like to gamble in the privacy of their own homes.
Please note that while we provide information about where a US citizen can play, we do not necessarily recommend that US citizens should play. Our advice is to obey the law of the land, even when it comes to Internet gambling. But we’re not lawyers either, and none of the information on this site should be considered legal advice. You’re responsible for your own actions related to online blackjack, not us, and any information provided here is for informational, educational, and/or entertainment purposes only.
USA Internet Gambling
Americans like to gamble online for the same reasons any other person does. They want to experience the thrill of Las Vegas style gambling games without having to take the time and money to actually travel to Vegas. Every casino game available at a land casino can be found in an Internet casino, including blackjack, craps, roulette, video poker, and slot machines. (The Internet offers literally 1000′s of slot machine options.) Poker sites are ubiquitous online also, especially poker games like Texas holdem, but also Omaha and stud.
US Online Gambling Laws and Legislation
UIGEA (the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) was added to the Safe Ports bill in late 2006. The law essentially makes it illegal to transfer money to or from a website related to “unlawful internet gambling”. The law clearly states that this only applies to internet gambling that is already illegal. Depending on where you get your legal interpretation, this may apply to every form of gambling online, or it may apply only to sports betting, or it may vary from state to state.
The Wire Act is the most commonly cited law that supposedly makes Internet gambling in the USA illegal. But legal precedent has made it clear that the Wire Act only applies to sports betting, not casino games or other gambling games online. The Department of Justice in the USA ignores this legal precedent on one hand, warning companies like Google that running ads for online casinos is illegal, but on the other hand, they don’t prosecute or pursue online casino or online poker operators. (At least they haven’t yet.)
Some individual states have laws expressly forbidding wagering on the web. UIGEA would seem to apply in full force in these states, since if a particular state has a specific law regarding online gaming, that would apply. (The word “unlawful” in the name of the act has particular importance.)
At one point Michael Corfman and Casino City sued the US government and the Department of Justice for interfering with the operation of their business. The lawsuit was thrown out of court since the USA had never actually pursued any legal action against Casino City. At the time of this writing, the US government has still not taken any action against Casino City.
Other developments related to Internet gambling legislation in the USA include Barney Frank’s support of the repeal of UIGEA in favor of regulating online gaming.
The WTO and USA Online Gambling
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has also ruled that the United States is not in compliance with a past ruling that the member countries cannot allow some forms of gambling while restricting/banning others. This has put pressure on the US to look for alternatives to comply with the ruling and might lead to legalization of Internet gambling and a US regulatory body. Even after losing their appeal, the USA still insisted that they would continue to treat online gambling as illegal.