Online gambling is one of the fastest growing modes of wagering. It is facilitated by technological advances and a number of other factors. Internet gambling is different from traditional land-based casinos in a number of ways. For example, it is quicker and easier to place bets on the internet, and is also available through mobile devices such as smartphones.
In the United States, gambling is primarily regulated by state law. However, there are some federal laws that may be relevant to Internet casinos. These laws include the Travel Act, the Wire Act, and the Illegal Gambling Business Act.
The Travel Act prohibits illegal gambling on interstate commerce. Although the act was not specifically enacted to prohibit online gambling, it does apply to Internet casinos.
The Wire Act is a federal statute that is designed to prevent individuals from making illegal bets on sporting events. The law has garnered much attention because it catches the attention of federal and state law enforcement officials. Some state attorneys general have raised concerns that the Internet may be used to bring illegal gambling into their jurisdictions.
Another notable example is the Liechtenstein International Lottery, the first venue to offer Internet gambling to the general public. Similarly, the UIGEA, or the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, is a federal statute that regulates the commercial activity of gambling.
However, there is no definitive answer as to whether or not internet gambling has caused harm to its users. There are concerns that the high availability of the internet may contribute to a rise in disordered gambling.