Online Gambling is the term used to describe gambling conducted over the Internet. This includes sports betting, casinos, and virtual poker. These games can be played on a computer or a mobile device. Some countries restrict online gambling and it is illegal in the United Kingdom.
The legality of online gambling is hotly debated in the United States. Lawmakers have debated whether or not the First Amendment and Commerce Clause require the government to ban it. A number of cases have been decided on constitutional grounds. However, these arguments have not proved successful.
The federal government has a legal obligation to enforce its gambling laws. The government has a wide array of legal tools available to it, including the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) provisions, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), and the Travel Act.
The UIGEA prohibits Internet gambling businesses from accepting financial instruments from users who engage in unlawful Internet bets. In addition, the government has the authority to make it a crime for any individual to use a financial transaction provider to accept funds from users who engage in illegal Internet gambling.
Another key law to impose criminal penalties on Internet gambling is the Illegal Gambling Business Act. It makes it a crime to operate an Internet gambling business unless it is licensed by the state. Moreover, the government has the power to fine or incarcerate those who violate the law.
Other statutes include the Wire Act, which prohibits unlawful gambling on contests and sporting events. Furthermore, the Travel Act prohibits illegal gambling on interstate commerce.