Online Gambling and Federal Laws

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In the 21st century, mobile devices are everywhere, and online gambling is no exception. People use them for work, dating, and recreational gambling. The growing online gambling industry has brought the Las Vegas experience to our cell phones. Whether you’re looking for a friendly game of poker or a real life slot machine, online gambling can provide the same ambiance.

While online gambling is largely a matter of state law, there are many cases in which federal law may be involved. For example, 31 U.S.C. 5362(10)(B) specifies that “so-called gambling devices” cannot be used on a plane or train.” As of today, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, commonly known as the Johnson Act, does not apply to online gambling.

While internet gambling is widely available, it is illegal to gamble on sports events or contests. In addition to these laws, online gambling is prohibited when done outside of the U.S. It violates the Wire Act and the Travel Act and is against the law in some states. Additionally, it is a violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).