Please spend some time this week browsing, watching, and/or playing a form of online gambling. Please do NOT use sports betting websites. The following link will direct you to several online casinos that have been deemed trustworthy by the gaming industry: http://www.honest-casinos.com/
Alternatively, here is a link to one of the most reputable online casinos: http://www.intercasino.net/
States are generally allowed to regulate what types of gaming occur within state lines. This chart shows the current laws in each of the states. Take a quick look at the gambling laws in the state where you are from by clicking on the state name.
Wire Act (1961) (U.S. Code Title 18, § 1084 (a))
Travel Act (1961) (U.S. Code Title 18, § 1952)
" (a) Whoever travels in interstate or foreign commerce or uses the mail or any facility in interstate or foreign commerce, with intent to--
In 2002, in response to a request by a congressional committee, the GAO compiled a report on some of the various structural and legal issues surrounding gambling on the Internet. It can be found here: http://www.gao.gov/new.item s/d0389.pdf Please read pages 1-38 and 51-57.
People of N.Y. v. World Interactive Gaming Corp., 714 N.Y.S.2d 844 (1999)
In re Mastercard, 132 F. Supp. 2d 468 (E.D. La. 2001)
The holding in the Mastercard litigation was appealed, and affirmed. In re Mastercard Intern. Inc., 313 F.3d 257 (5th Cir. 2002). If you are interested in the reasoning behind the ruling, the Circuit decision can be found at: http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data2/circs/5th/0130389p.pdf. (optional)
Antigua and Barbados brought a WTO complaint against the United States challenging its gambling laws as a trade violation. The WTO handed down a 138 page decision that can be easily found at the WTO site. A brief overview of the proceedings in the news can be found by following these three links:
Adrian Parke & Mark Griffiths, Why Gaming Legislation Will Ultimately Fail, 8 Gaming Law Review 5, 295 (Oct. 2004). http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/glr.2004.8.295
The newest attempt by the House to regulate internet gambling is in the form of HR 4477, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act (now H.R. 4411). This link is to a webcast of the debate surrounding the bill. It is an hour long, and thus is purely optional. http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings.aspx?ID=137 (optional)
The text of the proposed Regulation can be found at: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.4411: Please read § 102 .
Recently, US authorities have begun enforcing these laws, and several major arrests have been made. One example can be found at:
After doing the readings, here are a few questions to think about:
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