Whether it’s casino games, sports betting, or poker, there’s something to be said for the popularity of gambling. Gambling is a fun challenge, but it also comes with a few risks. It can lead to bankruptcy, embezzlement, and a variety of other problems.
The Federal Government has taken some steps to ensure that gambling is regulated in a safe and responsible manner. They’ve banned the transport of lottery tickets between states, and they’ve prohibited unauthorized gambling on Native American reservations within state borders.
However, the legality of Internet gambling is still unclear. Many countries have enacted laws prohibiting internet gambling, while others have no such laws at all.
The Department of Justice has announced that it will enforce the Wire Act against all forms of Internet gambling. However, critics say this move has no legal basis.
There’s also the dormant Commerce Clause doctrine, which theorizes that state laws that apply to commerce outside of a state’s borders is unconstitutional.
As the name suggests, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Consumer Protection Act of 2013 would establish a common federal standard to govern online gambling. It would also create an office of “gambling oversight” that would be attached to the Treasury Department.
However, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Consumer Protection act does not address the underlying question of whether Internet gambling is legal. Moreover, the act would have no effect on states that already have legislation on the books.
A new law in France is proposing to tax Internet gambling. But the country’s budget minister Eric Woerth has suggested that the country is prepared to adapt to “Internet reality”.
In the United States, the law has not been particularly active in enforcing Internet gambling laws.