Despite the huge steps forward brought about by the overturning of PASPA (The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act,) the progress of online gambling in the US has hit a snag. In January the legal opinions of the US Department of Justice on the viability of online gambling that crosses state lines were made public . Their findings were the latest blow to an industry that has been heavily marginalized despite the big economic arguments in its favour.
While the US appears friendly to gambling on the surface of it, in reality it's far from it at least outside Vegas. The current negative stance to online gambling in the US may be frustrating for Americans who long to be able to play the highly engaging online games available to the rest of the world.
How can the spiritual home to gambling have such a negative stance to the remote sector? In this article we take a look at the current state of online gambling in America and attempt to predict what the future may hold for the industry in the country.
American online gambling: an overview
Sheldon Adelson has likened legalizing online gambling to legalizing heroin
Online gambling is illegal in the vast majority of American states a decision which is taken on a state-by-state basis rather than a national one. There are a smattering of states such as New Jersey where citizens can enjoy online poker, casinos and sports betting. This has only been the case since the Supreme Court overturned the PASPA ruling against online sports betting in May 2018.
Legalization of online gambling in these states is a relatively recent development, although it has borne impressive economic results. Figures recently released have shown that the internet gambling yield in New Jersey is up 21.6%.