The federal government has prohibited online gambling in many countries. However, online casinos have been legal in select states since 2012. This is the case for casino games, poker, the lottery, and sports betting. Several countries have enacted legislation allowing these types of gambling. The following states allow online gambling: Delaware, Oregon, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. In addition, New Hampshire, Indiana, and Nevada have made online poker and sports betting legal.
In the United States, online gambling is regulated and legal in some countries. Most European Union countries and some Caribbean nations have laws prohibiting online gambling. In 1998, three large online poker companies were sued by the United States, alleging violations of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), bank fraud, and money laundering. The case has not yet been decided, but there is no need to fret. There are plenty of sites available for gambling on the web.
In the early 1990s, online gambling was rapidly gaining popularity. By the end of 1997, there were more than 200 gambling websites. A Frost & Sullivan report showed that online gaming revenues reached $830 million in 1998. In 1998, the first online poker rooms appeared. In 1999, the U.S. government began considering legislation to regulate the industry. In 2000, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act was introduced, which would have prohibited all forms of online gambling for U.S. citizens. By 2002, multiplayer and Internet casino gaming were introduced to the market.