Don't Bet on It: How Complying with Federal Internet Gambling Law Is Not Enough
It is disputed whether the United States has a blanket federal prohibition on Internet gambling. As a result of the lack of cohesive federal oversight, states have passed their own Internet gambling laws which, depending on the state’s approach, may regulate making bets online, taking bets online and transferring money between bettor and casino. Some even extend to regulating speech and Internet casino advertisements. For example, card rooms and Indian casinos are prevalent in Washington State, but the state legislature recently made placing a bet over the Internet a Class C felony. This Article will analyze the current framework for Internet gambling regulations, with a brief overview of the federal Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. It will detail the various kinds of regulations utilized at the state level and analyze their interplay with federal law in the United States.