Although the US is often seen as one of the world’s major gambling hubs, the authorities actually have a tight grip over both land based gambling and online gambling activities and the industry is heavily monitored with tough controls. The authorities in individual states rather than the Federal Government get the final say over which gambling activities are allowed and which ones are prohibited and this shatters the myth that most people in the US gamble, when in truth, very few get the chance to gamble either online or offline at a fully licensed venue.
If you live in a state that does legally permit most forms of gambling then you can indulge in those activities without breaking any laws, but if your state does not permit certain forms of gambling then you couldn’t gamble and you couldn’t even gamble in the state next door that does allow online gambling. This is known as Interstate Gambling and the authorities can keep a check on who is gambling by using the latest Geo-location tracking software. Even if a player tried to gamble in a state that does allow gambling when his or her state does not allow gambling, they wouldn’t successfully be able to.
However, players generally find a way around things like this which is why so many millions of US gamblers end up playing at online casinos and online poker rooms that are licensed offshore (usually in Curaçao, Kahnawake, Costa Rica or Panama). There are no laws that will prosecute a player for gambling in the real money mode and a gambling portal which operates from outside of US boarders. The ones breaking the law are actually the financial institutions and the gambling portals that process transactions on behalf of the players and if they are ever caught they could face a hefty fine and lengthy jail time.
The main states that do allow most forms of online gambling and which do now issue online gambling licenses include New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware. In addition to online poker rooms and online casinos which a growing number of US gamblers now have access to, most US players also now have easy access to numerous online sports betting websites. It is also true that the vast majority of US online casinos tend to be powered by the likes of Realtime Gaming (RTG), Rival Gaming, Betsoft Gaming, BetOnSoft and/or by IGT Interactive, but NetEnt games are also starting to find their way in to licensed US online casinos and you can also now find games from one or two other top software providers. Unfortunately most US players to not have access to Microgaming or Playtech powered casinos.