Online gambling refers to any activity where wagers are placed via computer terminal or mobile device for games of chance such as poker, sports betting and casino slots. Legality for online gambling differs by state; some states permit it while others prohibit it due to the unique qualities of the Internet as a medium for gambling, which allows operators to bypass jurisdictional or regulatory laws that ban or regulate it. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 was designed to address this problem by placing strict regulations on transactions related to such activity.
New Hampshire legalized online sports betting in 2019, and launched a single provider to allow residents to place bets from any location within its boundaries. Online casinos and lottery games, however, remain illegal within New Hampshire; while Daily Fantasy Sports (a gray area of law) also operate there.
Colorado online gambling is regulated by the state and offers various opportunities for sports betting, horse racing and other forms of wagering – although player prop bets on in-state college teams are prohibited and wagering on non-regulated events (i. e. outside Colorado horse races) such as pro races is restricted by law.
Oregon has legalized certain forms of online gambling, including pari-mutuel horse racing and sports betting. Although Oregon does not permit casino or poker gambling online, social casinos do offer another alternative which utilizes virtual currency for play while providing sweepstakes entries with real prizes.
Idaho’s gambling laws are very stringent and prohibit all forms of online gambling – including sports betting and poker – except daily fantasy sports and horse race wagering, which are legal in Idaho; offshore online casinos do operate within its borders but do not fall under U. S. regulation, potentially creating risks for players.
Kansas is another state that legalized certain forms of online gambling, specifically sports betting and daily fantasy sports. Kansas gaming laws prohibit all other forms of gambling including casinos and lotteries – although law enforcement did not pursue these activities previously and efforts at creating new legislation stalled recently.
Nebraska legalized sports betting in 2021; however, online casinos and poker remain illegal under Nebraska state law. There are however a handful of licensed and regulated social casinos which enable residents to gamble for virtual coins or cash prizes without fear of prosecution.
Tennessee law does not specifically reference online gambling, yet all forms of gambling such as casino games and poker are illegal in Tennessee. Daily Fantasy Sports may fall within this gray area as state officials have yet to prosecute for these games – possibly suggesting future changes to Tennessee gambling regulations; in the meantime residents can legally gamble at land-based casinos or racetracks.