The popularity of the internet gaming industry has led to an increase in the number of online casinos and changes in gambling laws in various countries around the world. Some countries enforce strict bans on its citizens taking part in online casino games, opposing it on moral or religious grounds. Other nations have legalized the practice and reaped the rewards in increased player participation rates and higher tax revenues.
Member nations of the European Union often have different standards when it comes to online gaming laws. The EU charter promises that each nation will not encounter trade barriers with any other member nation. With member nations ranging from Portugal to Bulgaria, each with its own customs, religions and legal precedents, the promise of free trade for online casino sites becomes problematic. While the United Kingdom is home to some of the biggest online gaming sites in the industry, France has made moves to place a restrictive ban on online casino activity within its borders.
One of the biggest events for online casinos and changes in gambling laws occurred on 15 April 2011. The United States Attorney's Office in New York seized the domain names of several high-profile online poker sites, including those for Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars and Ultimate Bet. The prosecutor's office alleged that the sites were in violation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, a law which prohibits U.S.-basd banks from processing transactions from foreign online casino sites.
In response to the federal action, many individual states are taking up the cause of online gaming. With a colossal federal deficit and a shrinking tax base, states are pursuing online casinos as potential sources of tax revenue. States where land-based casinos are already prevalent, such as Nevada and New Jersey, have implemented laws that allow state residents to sign on to approved online gaming sites. States such as Delaware and California are considering the enactment of similar legislation to help them with their budget shortfalls.
Australia has had a culture built around gambling for centuries, which makes the country a major hotbed for online gaming activity. However, the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001 prohibited the operation of online casinos in Australia. The law did allow sites that were serving customers before the law passed to continue their operations. Lasseters online, a popular online casino in Australia, continued to serve its customers until the site shut down in 2008. Aussies can still play at overseas-based sites, such as Casino Tropez, without fear of legal retribution.
The continent of Asia is home to the widest variety of online gaming laws. While South Korea allows players to play online competitive games such as Starcraft for 24 hours or more, the country does not allow online casino gaming. Residents of mainland China cannot take part in online casino games, but those in Hong Kong and Macao can participate in online gaming. Malaysia has some of the most open online gaming laws, with only sports betting on the prohibited list, while Japan allows for bets on horse and auto racing but not on casino games.
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