The Department of Justice has taken the position that online gambling violates the federal Wire Act and has seized accounts of players a few years ago. Federal law also prohibits the transfer of funds from financial institutions to Internet gambling sites, with some exceptions (not casinos). Although prosecutions have been directed more vigorously at companies hosting gambling sites, that doesn't mean that players are not at risk. State AND federal laws are implicated. Gambling is illegal in all 50 states except where specifically authorized, such as through legalized casinos (physical), pari-mutuel wagering, Indian tribal gaming, etc. Pari-mutuel wagering (such as horses) generally is subject to tight controls and physical location requirements. State authorities have spent considerable efforts targeting illegal online gambling, although with varying success since so many operations are offshore.
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