If you are a U.S. citizen, your online gambling options
are much fewer these days. Or rather, your options for
licensed and regulated online casinos are much
fewer. Ever since the passing of the Unlawful Internet
Gambling Enforcement Act in 2006 (which most members of
Congress did not even know about due to the bill's
buried attachment to a Port Security Bill), a handful of
U.S. States have made it difficult for online casinos to
accept wagers from U.S. players. As a result, many
online casino operators have dropped out of the U.S.
market entirely, while a fewer number of operators have
chosen to stay in the game. Of those casinos that have,
a handful are imposing policies that only accept U.S.
citizens from particular State's, while a fewer number
of enterprising operations have managed to set up
secure, alternative financial solutions for U.S.
citizens in all states.
The selection of U.S. facing
online casinos is contingent upon the software
developer. Of the
casino software platforms (view
link to read more on gaming software), several casinos
powered by Vegas Technology, and Real Time Gaming are
still accepting U.S. players. Playtech, Cryptologic and
Wager Works have completely dropped out, and a handful
of Microgaming casinos are facing the U.S. with some
restrictions. Those Microgaming-powered online casinos
that are still facing the U.S, have imposed restrictions
on players residing in certain States.
residing in the following States, will NOT be able to
Microgaming casinos listed and reviewed here at OCS:
Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New
New York, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin
Players who do not reside in these
State's, are in the clear. Those U.S. citizens who do
reside in any of the above State's, are not eligible to
gamble at Microgaming online casinos and may want to
consider gambling at a U.S. facing online casino powered
Vegas Technology or
Real Time Gaming.
Currently, there are two co-joined bills
doing the rounds in Congress, both with an aim to
overturn the UIGEA and regulate online gambling. The
Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act (IGREA)
is Congressman and House Financial Services Chairman
Barney Frank's bill that calls for a drastic revision of
the UIGEA (we might as well call it an overturning of
the UIGEA), while Congressman Jim McDermott's Internet
Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act specifically
lays out guidelines for regulating and taxing online
casinos. Both bills have already begun to gain
widespread support from other members of Congress.
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