Despite the legality of online gambling, not all states have legalized it. Some states, including Orissa and Assam, have made it illegal to participate in games that require skill, such as poker. However, they allow offline poker games in government-operated premises. Some states have passed laws permitting online poker. The following states have legalized online gambling in some capacity. These laws are not exhaustive and there is no single, universally applicable law.
In the United States, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act of 2007 was introduced to regulate the industry. It would have allowed states to legalize online gambling and prohibit sports gambling, but would have made it difficult to enforce. Both bills were not passed, though. Although they lacked the needed support, the UIGEA was eventually signed into law. But how does the law work? Will it really eliminate online gambling? Will the future of online gambling regulate the industry? Let’s take a look.
The federal government collects income taxes from big winners of lottery tickets and traditional casino games. However, online gambling does not pay taxes to the federal government. Therefore, some states may not be as eager to legalize the industry as others. Online gambling, while profitable for companies, isn’t illegal in other states. In fact, the legality of gambling in some territories is a matter of local regulations. For example, Internet poker sites in Nevada are regulated by the state in which they are located.