The legal situation regarding online gambling in the United States has changed dramatically in recent years. If you go back beyond May 2018, any form of online gambling in the country was illegal and those interested in placing a bet online were forced to use offshore gambling websites.
Thankfully, that is no longer the case and due to a change in the legislation in the US, each state now has the right to create their own online gambling legislation. As a result, several states have legalised online gambling including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Nevada, and Delaware. In terms of the greatest range of online gambling products, New Jersey and Pennsylvania continue to lead the way by offering online casinos, sports betting, and poker.
As time goes on, more states appear keen to legalise gambling online but why are they considering this move now?
Perhaps one of the main reasons for the change is to stop people from using offshore betting websites. This is a dangerous practise and can easily lead to a poor gambling experience, with no legislation to turn to if things go bad. There have been many stories of gamblers winning big using offshore websites only to have their winnings held back.
You only have to look at the impact of COVID-19 to understand why many states are now strongly considering the legalisation of online gambling. Commercial casino and tribal gaming resorts were forced to close across the United States and this has led to a serious reduction in revenue for much of 2020. Many of the tribal gaming resorts rely on their revenue to fund the local community and despite being able to reopen their doors, the number of visitors remains lower than before the outbreak of COVID-19.
One glance at the increased number of people using online gambling websites and mobile apps in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and it is easy to understand the possibilities for states who currently do not offer any form of gambling online. The money that could be raised from legalising online gambling is one of the key factors in the decision making process and why more states are now keen to make changes.
The number of online gambling websites and mobile applications available in the United States has increased dramatically over the past few years. Initially, the selection of online gambling options was not great but with more states allowing online gambling, betting companies are beginning to offer their services more readily in the country.
BetRivers is a great example and this US based online gambling company continues to go from strength to strength. BetRivers has a mobile app that is currently available in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Colorado. Users will find both a sportsbook and casino when using the app and there is a great offer available for first time users.
The more online gambling companies continue to develop their product, the more likely states are to legalise gambling.
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