Internet gambling has some unique challenges, especially for problem gamblers. These challenges include the ability to pay with electronic funds and the constant availability of an internet connection. It also disrupts sleep patterns. There is little data available on the effects of online gambling on individuals. Regulators are still trying to learn the impact of this activity.
While online gambling is legal in most states, some states have passed legislation that prevents it. For instance, Hawaii and Utah both have large Hawaiian populations and religious climates, and their residents do not allow gambling. Other states have made proposals to regulate online gambling, including California, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania. You should always check the laws of your state before signing up for an account with a site.
New York Republican Congressman Peter King has introduced the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection Act of 2013, which would create a uniform federal standard for online gambling. It would also create a new office of “gambling oversight” that would be attached to the Treasury Department. The goal of the law is to make Internet gambling safer and easier to regulate.
Laws pertaining to online gambling are often vague. Some states have passed laws governing sweepstakes, fantasy sports, and skill gaming. However, most laws focus on prohibiting operation of online gambling businesses rather than banning people from placing bets online. The only exception to these laws is the regulation of certain forms of online gambling, like online poker.