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The Issue of Internet Gambling


Jan 8, 2023

Online Gambling

Internet Gambling is a form of gambling in which users bet online. It includes a wide range of wagering activities, such as casinos, sports betting, virtual poker, lottery, and more. Various state laws regulate and prohibit the practice.

The United States Government has issued a number of statutes to regulate and enforce gambling. Some of these statutes include the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) and the Travel Act.

These federal criminal statutes have been the subject of constitutional challenges. Specifically, these challenges have been raised in the areas of the Commerce Clause and the First Amendment. UIGEA’s prohibition against financial instruments in connection with illegal Internet bets has been challenged on these grounds.

This paper will review the research related to the issue of Internet Gambling. It will also identify and highlight important recent findings and developments.

The first online gambling venue for the general public was the Liechtenstein International Lottery. While the United States government has challenged the law on First Amendment and Commerce Clause grounds, the attacks have borne little fruit.

Since the advent of the Internet, gambling has taken on a new life. Due to the availability of high-speed internet connections, gambling has become faster and more convenient. Online casinos offer traditional casino games and live casino games. People can place wagers on the outcome of popular sporting events. They can also bet on the total number of points scored.

However, the presence of an interstate element in the case of Internet Gambling has been a source of frustration for enforcement policy of state laws. For example, when Discovery Communications accepted ads from Tropical Paradise, U.S. marshals seized $3.2 million from the company.