Online gambling is any type of gambling conducted via the internet. This includes online casinos, live casinos and virtual poker. The first online gambling site opened to the public, was online ticketing for the famous Liechtenstein International Poker Tournament in October 1994. Today there are many online gambling sites offering a wide variety of games and gambling methods, which allow the gamblers to choose whichever game they feel most comfortable with. Online gamblers also do not have to travel to a land based casino to enjoy their favorite game, as there are countless online casinos located all over the world.
Some of the most popular online gambling sites include Ladbrokes, Coral Casino, Paradise Casino, Intercasino, Playtech, Fairlay Card Games, Gambling Cloud and Playtech Megadroid. These online casinos offer free money, no deposit bonuses, as well as special offers such as free spins, bonus time and free spins with the purchase of specific products. Many sites also allow the players to customize their virtual playing experience by changing their chips, tables and rules.
Although online gambling has been legalized in the United States, it is illegal to gamble for profit in the United States. The reason the U.S. government considers online gambling to be an illegal activity is because the laws surrounding the operation of the industry are inadequate. Online operators are still required to register with state gambling regulatory agencies, and pay taxes to government entities in the United States and in various other countries. The lack of effective regulation and enforcement efforts by state governments provide another hindrance to online gambling in the United States. In May 2009, the US Congress passed and House Bill Concurrent Resolutions (HBCR) which will establish the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate as the bodies with jurisdiction and authority over state laws regulating gambling.