Las Vegas is said to be a popular tourist destination in the United States of America. Ask any visitor to Las Vegas the reason of his arrival in the Vegas, his reply would be “To gamble”. To that extent, not only Las Vegas but also other major cities in the United States of America provide enough opportunity to people who wish to ‘punt’ on their money. Needless to say, casinos are breeding grounds for some rags-to-riches and riches-to-rags stories.
What are the US Gambling Laws?
Gambling is a legitimized activity in many states in the USA. Many state and federal laws mandate statutes that govern the activity of gambling in the United States of America. The US Gambling Laws are further divided into three sections – State Laws, Federal Laws and Charitable Laws.
State Laws – Most of the states in the United States of America have legalized gambling. These gambling laws are applicable to any form of gambling which includes but is not limited to lotteries, casino gambling etc. For example, the state law of Alabama lays down the rule that any person who has lost some money during gambling can claim the money back in six months from the date of the gambling. This is governed by the Section 8-1-150 of the statute of Law of Alabama.
Federal Laws – Federal laws are laws mandated by the government of the United States of America governing the gambling industry. The four main federal gambling laws include – Federal Anti-Lottery Laws, Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, Wire Act Violation: Internet and Phone, Gambling Ship Act. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 mostly bans gambling operators in accepting funds from bettors through the internet. This act has swooped down on tons of websites that indulged in unlawful internet gambling.
Charitable Laws – Majority of states in the United States of America have enforced laws that exempt some gambling activities from the gamut of the state and federal gambling laws. These activities include but are not limited to bingo and charitable raffles. Please note that the states of Hawaii and Utah are an exception here as they do not have any Charitable Law. For example, Bingo is considered perfectly legal in the state of Alabama. In the same vein, the state of California has mandated laws on Charitable raffles, Charitable bingo and Charitable poker games.
The Online Gambling activity is in terms of its legalities and various rules as applied by the government of United States of America. This reason has prompted many casino owners to operate the casinos from other countries which ensure that they are not governed by the tough laws of the United States of America.
The Federal Government has mandated certain statutes for online gambling and online casinos as well ensuring the protection of customer rights at all times. In fact, the government of the United States of America has banned all cross-border gambling activities which has met with a lot of criticism at the World Trade Organization.