Legal Online Casinos

Want to hear something shocking?

Most forms of online gambling are not illegal in the United States. At least not on a federal level. Instead, individual states are given the ability to determine their own laws.

What is illegal, though, is the banking process. Because of the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act [1]) banks are not supposed to process transactions to/from offshore casinos from players living in the United States.

So that means that playing at sites like Bovada, Loco Panda or Grand Parker isn’t illegal unless you live in a state that deems otherwise.

That said, playing at offshore casinos come at a higher risk, because you (and the US government) have fewer methods of recourse if anything were to go wrong, such as a casino blatantly stealing your money.

Note: While all sites pose some form of risk, the sites we recommend are top notch. We wouldn’t recommend them otherwise.

One way to alleviate that risk is to play at legitimate, legal online casinos. Those exist in Delaware, but I would expect to see them in New Jersey and Nevada in the near future, as well as in other states that legalize online gambling in 2014 / 2015.

Whatever your poison, you’ll find our top recommendations below. Further down the page we dive a little deeper into the states that currently offer legal online gaming.

 

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Legal Casinos / Online Gambling

Want to hear something shocking?

Most forms of online gambling are not illegal in the United States. At least not on a federal level. Instead, individual states are given the ability to determine their own laws.

What is illegal, though, is the banking process. Because of the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act [1]) banks are not supposed to process transactions to/from offshore casinos from players living in the United States.

So that means that playing at sites like Bovada, Loco Panda or Grand Parker isn’t illegal unless you live in a state that deems otherwise.

That said, playing at offshore casinos come at a higher risk, because you (and the US government) have fewer methods of recourse if anything were to go wrong, such as a casino blatantly stealing your money.

Note: While all sites pose some form of risk, the sites we recommend are top notch. We wouldn’t recommend them otherwise.

One way to alleviate that risk is to play at legitimate, legal online casinos. Those exist in Delaware, but I would expect to see them in New Jersey and Nevada in the near future, as well as in other states that legalize online gambling in 2014 / 2015.

Whatever your poison, you’ll find our top recommendations below. Further down the page we dive a little deeper into the states that currently offer legal online gaming.

Legal Online Poker in Nevada

Governor Brian Sandoval legalized online poker in Nevada on February 21st, 2013. They wanted to beat New Jersey to the punch, and they did so by about a week.

They launched their first real money, legal poker site in April, 2013. Ultimate Poker was the first to launch. WSOP.com launched their site on September 19th, 2013.

At the moment only poker is legal. But their laws do make it possible for the state to make compacts with other states to improve player liquidity.

Currently, several companies are licensed and are expected to operate in Nevada. That includes outfits such as Treasure Island, South Point Poker, MGM and IGT (International Game Technology). I expect to see more sites launch in 2014, although how big a splash they make is anyone’s guess. The newness of a legal US site launching has faded some a year after the first site launched, and months after 2/3 a dozen sites launched in New Jersey at the end of 2013.

The biggest bit of news will be how much (new) traffic the new sites manage to generate, if any at all.

Delaware Legalized Everything

Delaware became the first state to legalize online gambling in June, 2012.

However, they were the 2nd state to launch real money gambling.

Their launch was in October, 2013. What was more newsworthy was that they were the first site to launch casinos offering a full suite of games. This includes blackjack, poker, roulette, slots and lottery tickets.

The sites open now include Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway, all of which are powered by 888’s software.

New Jersey: The Poster Child For What’s to Come

New Jersey legalized online gambling about a week after Nevada did. They took much longer to launch, though.

Their launch was in November, 2013, and consisted of 6 sites. This included: Borgata (Bwin.Party), Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort (Ultimate Poker), Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino (Betfair), Tropicana Casino and Resort (Gamesys), Caesars Atlantic City (888) and Bally’s Atlantic City (888).

You’ll notice that none of these sites are PokerStars. They were the source of most of the news that came out of New Jersey, though. Much of this stemmed from their attempts to attach themselves to a brick and mortar casino, one of the rules to obtaining a license and operating in the state.

Their first deal with Atlantic Club fell through, thanks to PokerStars failing to meet a deadline. However, they did manage to secure a deal with Resorts Casino shortly thereafter.

That’s only half the battle though. Now they’re working with the state to obtain licensing, and it’s unclear whether or not they will get it.

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