Is online casino gambling legal? 12 Answers as of August 25, 2011

I played in an online casino in a free slot tournament and won and ask for a wire transfer of the funds into my bank account. The funds were put into my account on Friday, of course I spent it over the weekend, and then on Monday they were removed due to something like a Maritime law. From what I read online I can find no place where it says that it is illegal to play only that it is illegal for banks to handle the transference of money. I will admit that I have put money into online casinos in the past because I did not know it was illegal but in this case it was from a free tournament and I did not pay to play it. I have contacted the casino and ask them to cancer my account and any funds that I now have in it and also another withdrawal that I had in the works. Can you tell me what will happens to me now?

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Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
Gambling is not necessarily illegal. I do not have enough info to know where you were gambling. Presumably, you are paying taxes on whatever you win. Of more concern to me is the fact that you are giving complete strangers access to you bank accounts. If one of these individuals decides to clean out your account, you will probably have no recourse, especially if they are not even in this country
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/25/2011
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
On line casino gambling where money actually exchanges hands is illegal in the US.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/24/2011
Law Office of John Schum, LLC
Law Office of John Schum, LLC | John Schum
Thank you for contacting my office for answers to your questions. Please understand that my responses are general in nature and the law often focuses on specific facts. Before making any legal decisions, you should go over all the facts and specific circumstances of your situation with a lawyer. Additionally, my responses do not create an attorney-client relationship. Your comments to me are confidential and I cannot repeat them. However, I am not representing you on this matter, unless we later establish a formal attorney-client relationship. Now to provide a response to your question. I am not able to answer your question or give you any specific guidance without more facts. I would need to know the name of the online gaming site, the location the site is registered and under what code provision was the money taken from your account. If you can get me those answers, I could possibly figure out what happened and what you should do. I hope this helps you sort your legal situation out.
Answer Applies to: Hawaii
Replied: 8/23/2011
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
It appears someone thinks it was illegal, maybe, but you saying something like a Maritime law doesnt give anyone the slightest clue to know what that means or how to analyze it. Yes, internet gambling can be illegal, just like internet porn, even though many get away with it most of the time.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/23/2011
Law Offices of John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
It is illegal to transfer funds to online gambling sites. You will not be prosecuted but you may not get your money back if the site is closed. Go to Atlantic City or Vegas ti play, online players cheat and are aggressive maniacs that make it a minefield. It is almost impossible to win cash games and tournaments are like a lottery ticket.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 8/23/2011
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber | Michael R. Garber
    I don't think online gambling is legal in Louisiana.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 8/23/2011
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    Unfortunately I cannot give you a concrete answer without more information. I believe most online casino gambling is legal, and based on what you explained, I don't think you will suffer any additional consequences, but I cannot be certain.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/23/2011
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    Perhaps nothing. I do not get the impression that the amount of money involved was large enough for law enforcement to use its resources to go after you.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 8/23/2011
    Rose & Rose | Terry Rose
    Gambling in WI is not legal except for Native Tribes.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 8/23/2011
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    If any criminal charges get filed against you then hire an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/23/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    Gambling is governed by both state and federal laws. Without doing research, a detailed discussion of those laws is not possible. At this time, until you can determine for certain the legality of the activity, you should stop doing it. As to what might happen for past actions, it will depend on whether it is investigated and whether either a prosecutor or US attorney request any charges.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/23/2011
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