Why is Gambling Online against Federal Law?
Gambling online is any type of gambling conducted over the internet. This includes casinos, virtual poker and sports betting. The first internet gambling venue open to the public, was ticketing in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1994. Gambling has always been popular since its inception, and internet gambling sites continue to expand with the expansion of technology. While the traditional brick and mortar casinos are going the way of the dinosaur, internet gambling sites continue to soar in popularity.
The reason why the United States Congress has made the Internet illegal to gamble online stems from the fact that it allows states like Maryland and Massachusetts to tax individuals that gamble online from other states. Gambling online is still illegal in most states where online gambling is regulated by state law. Gambling online from a state that does allow gambling online is known as offshore gambling. Most countries make gambling online illegal through either state law or a taxation scheme.
Most online casino sites will require you to register as a member before you are able to make deposits and access the benefits of gambling online. Each casino is different so there may be a difference in the requirements for memberships. Most states require you to have at least one week of time to play at a site before you are allowed to make deposits for real money. You must also have at least one week of time before you can withdraw your winnings to your account.