Online gambling is a form of betting and wagering which takes place in a virtual environment. It involves a number of different types of gambling, including casinos, sports betting, bingo, poker, and virtual poker.
The federal government has enacted several statutes in an effort to combat illegal Internet gambling. These include the Wire Act, which prohibits the unlawful gambling of sporting events, the Illegal Gambling Business Act, and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) provisions.
The Supreme Court has taken up the question of whether or not Internet gambling is legal. A number of cases have been decided on constitutional grounds. Generally, there have been few successes.
The Commerce Clause and the Due Process Clause have both been challenged. The First Amendment has also been questioned. However, the commercial nature of a gambling business seems to satisfy those concerns.
A number of states have enacted laws to regulate gambling. Depending on the laws in your state, you may be able to play in a casino, bingo, or poker. Some states have regulations for online gambling, while others do not.
In addition, federal law has been used to reinforce state law in cases. The Federal Communications Commission, for example, has the authority to stop furnishing facilities or discontinuing the leasing of facilities. The State of New York has laws that regulate gambling. In 2012, a court in that state ruled that online poker was a game of skill, opening the door for online sports betting.