Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
I am only admitted to practice law in NY state and I believe that it is illegal but there may be some exceptions. if you have a specific case involving illegal gambling in New York you should hire an attorney. As for the other states you should contact an attorney in those states.
Answer Applies to: New York
Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
That's a complex question dealing with choice of law questions and possibly federal law. If gambling is illegal in your state of residence, the question would be does your state regulate gambling where only one half of the betting takes place in your state. The issue is under consideration by Congress and several state legislatures. In all probability, the government will see the tax potential and make it legal but you need to be familiar with the laws in your state and watch for federal regulations.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
There are no federal laws against online gambling for players in the US, though certain states may have restrictions against them. Players have very little to be concerned about, the main legal grey areas surround the operation of online gambling platforms.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
Each state will have their own laws regarding the legality of on-line gambling. You must consult the laws of the state where you expect to do the gambling to determine this. Or contact an attorney in that state.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
Online gambling for money is illegal in all states but the government is unlikely to prosecute anyone. There are millions of online poker players who are waiting to get their money back since the feds just closed down the top three poker sites. Bodog and Carbon Poker are the last sites that American players can put money into and they will be closed soon.
Answer Applies to: New York
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
Subject to proper research, I would initially say that a player is possibly violating the gambling laws by using an unlicensed site, similar to using a back room unlicensed casino. That would likely be true in every state. The real discussion is risk of being caught and charged, which is unlikely, unless the govt gets more serious about tracking your online ID back to you. Any gambler is obligated to report and pay taxes on winnings, regardless of where they came from. If your winnings are credited to a US based credit card, that is how the govt will ultimately catch you. The gambling site, however, is a different issue. They would have to be in compliance with the federal, state and local rules to be actually legal in operation here. I believe you will find virtually all such sites are offshore, so they cant be caught or charged under US laws, and can avoid taxes.
Answer Applies to: California