The United States Department of Justice is trying to crack down on online gambling. The agency recently announced that it will consider any advertising for Internet gambling as “aiding and abetting” under the Wire Act. The move has been condemned by critics who say there is no legal basis for it. Many countries already have a legal framework for online gambling.
While federal laws generally prohibit interstate gambling, there are some exceptions. Skill games, sweepstakes, and fantasy sports games fall outside of these restrictions. However, these activities are still subject to other regulations, mostly at the state level. Although there are still some grey areas, the DOJ is clear that it will not tolerate unlicensed online gambling.
The United States has also imposed legal penalties on some service providers who violate online gambling laws. Some financial service providers have been criminally prosecuted. Media outlets have also paid fines for advertising online gambling sites. Software developers have also been sanctioned for promoting gambling. While many jurisdictions have banned online gambling, there are ways to circumvent these laws.
While federal legislation is needed for legal online gambling, states are also making progress on the issue. New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware have already passed laws regulating online gambling, but the process will continue state by state.