Will Nevada Throw Online Poker Players In Jail?
from the just-wondering dept
There’s some disagreement as to the legality of online gambling in the US. Some insist that while running an online gambling site is still banned by US laws, playing at an online gambling site is perfectly legal. Unfortunately, there are those in the Justice Department who have made it clear that they believe anyone participating in online gambling is breaking the law. It would be interesting to see any such case going to court — as the written law is anything but clear. For all the confusion at the federal level, though, one place where it is clear is in Nevada, where the law says you cannot gamble online (you would have to believe the big casinos were supporters of that law, preferring to get you inside, rather than reach you online). However, it appears that the law is not enforced, leading some to wonder if there will ever be a crackdown on online gamblers in Nevada. Considering that many of the top poker players live in Nevada and advertise about ways to play them online, any such crackdown could bring down some big names. However, Nevada officials seem to be waiting on what the federal government does first… which might not get those poker players out of trouble. The US government has mostly been focusing on those who simply advertise online gambling — something many of the same top name players are guilty of participating in as well.