Online Casinos. Is Online Gambling Legal?
Whether online gambling is legal or not depends on the laws of the country, where the player is located. But as the Internet has no boundaries, imposing limitations on online casinos is not an easy task.
Ardent gamblers are not stopped even by harsh punishment for online gambling. In some Muslim countries, online gambling is punished with death. Pretty rough, huh? Luckily, the rest of the world goes easier on gamblers. Online casinos are legally allowed in most European countries, while punishment – if any at all – is limited to administrative liability.
Online casinos in Russia
Russian legislation bans both online and land-based casinos. There are four gambling areas, though, where you can go gambling without breaking the law.
However, the Russian market is too large and potentially profitable for casinos to ignore it. So despite bans and limitations, online casinos provide services to Russian players.
Roskomnadzor, Russia’s gaming regulatory authority, obliged all Internet providers to block online casino websites. But blocks are successfully outsmarted. The interesting fact is that players are not legally liable for gambling online.
European online gambling is now at its peak. More and more countries realize that it’s better to legalize online casinos and make them pay taxes. One of the last ‘strongholds’ is Germany, where land-based casino owners have heavy political influence and argue against online gambling. The Germans are not deprived of the pleasure of gambling, though.
For players, online gambling legalization has plenty of advantages: their rights are protected by a national regulatory body that guarantees honesty and transparency of the gambling process.
Online casinos in the US
In America, online gambling is legally restricted. Only few US states legalized online casinos. As you can see, each state makes its own decision as to whether they need such form of entertainment. This is quite a hot topic for discussion in the country. By the way, many states are considering to permit online gambling in their territory, thus increasing its availability and participation.