Online Gambling

Online Gambling

Online gambling is simply gambling using the internet. It is a broad subject that covers online poker, online casinos, online sports betting, online bingo, online lotteries and even mobile gambling.

For players, it's a way of enjoying their favorite game within the comforts of their homes.

For operators, it's a way of reaching players who don't have the time or means to visit land-based casinos or racetracks.

Online gambling laws vary all over the world. Countries like China explicitly ban online gambling. Meanwhile, in countries like Nepal, tourists are permitted to gamble online, but local residents are prohibited.

In Australia, residents can play poker or casino games online but operators are not allowed to promote or advertise these games to Australian residents.

In the US, where online gambling once flourished, online gambling has been left to a stand still with the enactment of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.

The Act, passed in 2006, tightly regulates electronic fund transfers between players, gambling sites and third parties. While there is a debate on whether or not the Act explicitly outlaws online gambling, there is pending legislation to repeal the Act.

Still there are many countries that have very relaxed laws on online gambling, while there are others that don't have any regulations at all (since online gambling is still relatively new).

Thus the online gambling landscape is in a constant state of flux. There are countries, particularly in Europe and Asia that are opening up their borders (or internet ports) to online gambling. Not just for players but operators as well.

The best way for players to enjoy their online gambling experience is to know whether or not it is legal for them to do so; and to check if the site, or sites, that they are gambling on is reputable or not.