As Casino Gambling Web representatives prepare for their trip to Washington D.C. this week, to lobby on behalf of the American people who would like to see Internet gambling legalized and regulated, the researchers who are preparing the files to be delivered by those representatives came across a FAQ document located on the House Financial Services website that clearly explains the scope of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which supposedly banned online gambling when it was sneakily passed in the last moments of last years congressional sessions.
The very first question of the FAQ document was this one…
‘What is the current federal law related to Internet gambling?’
The answer clearly defines the scope of the UIGEA…
“In 2006, the House passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, restricting the handling of payments by U.S. financial institutions for unlawful forms of Internet gambling. That law prohibits the use of payment instruments by such institutions to handle the processing of any form of Internet gambling that is illegal under U.S. federal or state law.”
This means that only that which is illegal under federal or state law is covered under the UIGEA.
Under federal law it was ruled that the 1969 Federal Wire Act covers sports wagering via the Internet. That makes sports gambling online illegal in the United States. There currently is NO federal law that makes online casino games such as poker, blackjack, slots, craps, roulette, video poker, or other casino games illegal.
According to further research there are only 11 states in the US that have explicit laws that prohibit gambling from occurring online. This means that in 39 states in American gambling online is not illegal, even though the FBI and the DoJ state that it is, and even though the mainstream media reports the belief, not fact, that it is.
Those in the gambling industry understand that placing bets online is not illegal, but it is time the government and the mainstream media stop spreading their ignorance to the naive who will listen to anything they say.