When it comes to gambling, the laws differ from state to state. This is especially true when it comes to online casino games. The legal gambling age depends on the state, as does whether or not the game is regulated. Thankfully, more states are becoming receptive to the benefits of regulating online slot machines. However, many states still haven’t done so.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, iGaming has continued to grow in popularity across the US. This is largely because it allows players to place wagers without having to leave the comfort of their homes. This has helped to make iGaming more appealing, even for those who do not have access to traditional casinos or sportsbooks. Nevertheless, the legality of iGaming is still a matter of contention. While most states allow some form of iGaming, others have stricter rules. Some even prohibit it entirely. For example, a bitcoin poker site called Seals with Clubs was shut down in 2015 for violating federal and state laws. The owner of the site tried to justify his actions by saying that the website did not offer real money transactions, but this argument was ultimately rejected by a judge.
In New York, iGaming is currently legal if the player is 21 or older and has an active bank account. However, there are several restrictions on what types of gambling can be offered, including sports betting and daily fantasy sports. This has made it difficult for New York lawmakers to pass a bill that would make online casino gaming legal. Nevertheless, the state remains an important market for iGaming.
It’s also worth noting that New Jersey passed a bill in 2023 to legalize iGaming, and wagering was open before the end of the year. This marked the first time a state had legally allowed real-money gambling on its websites, and New Jersey has since become one of the most popular online casino destinations in the world.
Tennessee is another state that has opted to legalize iGaming, but the framework only covers sports betting. The state’s online-only system launched in November 2020. Currently, top operators like BetMGM and FanDuel offer sports betting in the state, but online casinos are still illegal. To bring them to the state, Tennessee would need to amend its current gambling laws and strike a deal with the native tribes.
The same is true for New Hampshire, where online casinos are not yet legal. Sweepstakes and social (free-play) casino games are available, but New Hampshire lawmakers haven’t been able to find traction on legislation to change the gambling laws. This could change in the future, but it will probably be a long process. Until then, DraftKings and FanDuel are the only options for residents of the state.