Following the seizure by the FBI/DOJ on Friday, 15th April, 2011 of some of the top online poker sites that continued to accept American players after the UIGEA was passed back in 2006, casino players may be wondering what impact this will have on their online gambling.
The top poker sites did not offer any online casino action anyway, so no casino players should have been directly affected. Of the other poker rooms that continue to accept players from the USA, Bodog Poker has a very popular online casino.
Bodogs response to the changing situation in the U.S.A. vis-a-vis online casino gambling was to stop accepting US players in their casino, and instead launch a new online casino that specifically caters to players from North America.
All existing Bodog casino players had their accounts and bankrolls migrated to the new Bovada casino, and, I am happy to rport, there were no glitches and no bankrolls were harmed during the migration.
In the intervening years Bovada has grown into a popular online casino destination of U.S.A. based players, and they currently have some reasonably good opening offers for new players that want to play there. It is certaibnly worth checking out.
Not a lot else has changed in the world of onlien casinos for Americans. Some casinos closed some new ones opened up.
Recently in 2015, a number of casinos were shut down overnight but that was related to other activities by the casino owners, and was not a direct action against online gambling. It was unfortunate that some casino players did lose out when that happened. This is not an article about that event, so I won’t go into more detail here, but may do so in another article shortly.
The main impact of all this was a further tightening in the area of banking transactions, which leaves winning players facing long delays when it comes to getting their cash out of the casino sites. Add to that the total lack of regulation or oversight, and the player is left being very dependent on reviews of online casinos that are trustworthy and reliable.
Both the actions taken on Black Friday, and the earlier passing of the UIGEA had less impact on online gambling for Americans than did the local state laws that have been passed in some states which do actually make it illegal for citizens of those states to gamble online.
While all the headlines revolved around Black friday and all that happened, states such as Washington, Louisiana and North Dakota passed local laws specifically prohibiting their citizens from gambling online in various forms.
kentucky is another state with rabid anti gambling laws, but if you are a gambler from Kentucky you probably already know that. A good and in depth article about the legality of online gambling in the US can be found on the VegasClick site here
In the meantime, some states have passed legislation that specifically allows online gambling, but with a lot of modifications and restrictions that make it unworkable for most players. For a start the online casino you want to play at must be licenced by the state you are in. There has been a lot of talk about compacts that would create agreements among those legal states to allow cross border gambling among their citizens, but nothing has been done about that yet.
it seems that those states are waiting to see the flood of revenue that they expect to be raised by their pro gambling stance. Unfortunately, because of the way that they structured their laws, that flood of cash was never going to materialize, and now the drive to legislate has lost a lot of its steam, without the push of the gambling tax behind it.
Had it been wildly sucessful, as the law makers ahd hoped, it would by now have spread across most of the states. However, I think that a lot of the predicitions of the amount of money to be made were based on the pre UIGEA America, and what applied back then does in no way apply online today.
As it is, the situation is fluid, if slow moving, so the situation as it applies today can and will change over time.
One thing is certain though, and it applies to all online casinos, is that you must be over 18 to gamble online. Other than that, everything is to play for.
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