While it is hard to define what exactly constitutes “gambling,” there are many aspects of online gambling that are illegal. These include sports betting, pool-selling, making and maintaining books, slot machines, dice tables, and lotteries, selling chances, and conducting and maintaining casino games. These activities are all considered gambling in the United States.
Under the Wire Act and the Illegal Gambling Business Act, gambling over the internet is prohibited. The latter prohibits betting on sporting events, contests, and interstate commerce. Additionally, there are provisions under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act that restrict gambling business activities. For example, if you’re a New Jersey resident, it’s illegal to gamble online.
In addition to the UIGEA, there are other federal and state laws that regulate gambling online. The federal government has issued guidelines for state laws. Federal law is not directly implicated in online gambling, but it supports state-level gambling laws. State officials have expressed concern that online gambling could introduce illegal gambling into their jurisdictions.