Online Gambling is an internet-based activity in which you can place bets on various casino games. This includes casino slot machines, video poker, and roulette. You can also bet on sports and horse races.
How It Works
To begin playing, you need to register at an online gambling site and deposit some money. You can do this using your credit card, or by transferring funds from your bank account to an e-wallet that the site uses. You can then use these funds to place bets or to withdraw your winnings.
Laws & Regulations
The United States government has passed a number of laws designed to combat illegal online gambling. These laws include the Wire Act, which criminalizes telephone betting, and the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which regulates all forms of online gambling in the United States.
Money Laundering and the Internet
While there are no known cases of money laundering from online gambling, some officials believe that it is possible. These officials point to the fast and easy access to financial transactions and to the offshore locations of online casinos as reasons for this concern.
Other factors, such as the ability to play from anywhere in the world, may also make online gambling a target for money laundering. However, some officials believe that the risks are low because of the heightened security of credit cards and the fact that financial transactions are closely monitored and recorded.
The United States has a federal law against money laundering, section 1956 of the U.S. Code, that punishes conduct by an agent of a foreign government or a United States corporation that is “conspired” to commit a crime. Although the statute is not currently used to prosecute money laundering, some courts have ruled that it does apply to Internet gambling because it involves international transactions.