Online Casino Legality

Date Published: December 10, 2012

There have been many disputes over the past few years in regards to the legality of online gambling and the operation of online casinos. In the US, this is an ongoing debate. Currently, online gambling is not allowed in the US, but this does not mean that there are not online casinos still willing to accept these players. While many countries have passed Acts and legislations to make online casinos illegal, international online casinos are still in operation and they can decide what players to accept and which to refuse.

Many online casinos are operated in different jurisdictions which allow them to get licensed and offer games to players. For example, some online casinos may be licensed in Canada, but can offer games to players from around the world. This is how US players continue playing. Even though banks in the US have been told they cannot authorize any transaction made to an online gambling establishment, players still find loopholes. As long as there is an online casino that is willing to accept a player and that player has the means to fund their player account, the casino will accept them whether it is legal or not.

There are many locations that have made online casinos illegal. In Australia, an Act was passed in 2001 making online casinos illegal. However, the act can into effect after some online casinos were already established in Australia. Those casinos are still allowed to operate. The Act simply forbids the opening of any new online casinos in Australia. Some players say that there is no way to make the act of online gambling illegal for individual players.

Online gambling and the operation of online casinos is legal in most of the world. As long as the online casino is operating under strict regulations and they adhere to industry standards, they can remain open and continue offering games to players. The casino can choose what players to accept, but this decision has more to do with the software that the casino uses. For example, Microgaming powered casinos do not accept players from the US, but RTG casinos do allow these players.

If a player can find a payment method that is available to them and is accepted by the casino they choose, there is really no way to stop the player from playing. The only thing the laws can do is prohibit an online casino from opening or operating in a certain country or jurisdiction.

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