The legality of online gambling has been a source of contention. Some have defended the activity on moral grounds, while others see it as a danger to one’s well-being. However, many sites and providers of online gambling services strive to ensure fairness and security, and most allow players to set a limit on their losses and self-exclude. There are also laws that ensure that these platforms are regulated by reputable bodies.
Online gambling is largely governed by state law, but federal criminal statutes are often used to enforce state laws. State officials have voiced their concerns that the Internet could be used to bring illegal gambling into their jurisdictions. However, there are several stipulations that have been made in the law that may not apply to online gambling.
For example, in Maharashtra, online gambling is prohibited by the “Bombay Wager Act.” The Federal Information Technology Rules also have provisions that address Internet gambling. Nevertheless, many states are hesitant to enforce Internet gambling laws in their jurisdictions. Further, the states tend to operate under their own authority.
In New Jersey, internet gambling is regulated by the Division of Gaming Enforcement. In 2013, New Jersey became the first state to legalize online casinos. New Jersey also allows Internet wagering on fantasy sports, lottery games, and horse racing. Pennsylvania is another state that has legalized internet gambling. PokerStars has a large presence in Pennsylvania.