Online gambling describes a broad category of games, usually games of chance, where users make bets with the hopes of a higher payout than they put in. The most common forms of online gambling include:
In the U.S., the legality of online gambling is dictated by both the federal and state laws that regulate gambling. Although federal law is rather straightforward, state law tends to ultimately control the matter. State gambling laws vary from complete abolition to almost a complete tolerance of gambling.
The Wire Wager Act is typically applied to those engaged in the business of betting and wagering, not the gamblers themselves. Because a key distinction at the federal level seeks to separate those that merely bet from those that benefit from the betting, the application of federal law mostly focuses on those affiliated with the business of facilitating these various games.
Violations of internet gambling regulations can have serious civil and criminal consequences. An experienced business lawyer can help you understand how existing gambling laws impact your business. Similarly, if you are or fear being prosecuted by the government, you should strongly consider contacting a criminal defense lawyer.
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