The USA is known as a country with a long gambling history, which dates back to the 18th century. Since then gambling in the USA went through various periods and modifications, such as the California Gold Rush era, reconstruction and prohibition era, etc., in order to take shape as we know it today.
Nowadays the American Gaming Association divides all forms of gambling and casinos in several categories:
- Commercial casinos
- Charitable games (including Bingo)
- Indian casinos
- Public and private card rooms
- Legal bookmaking
- Parimutuel wagering and
- Advanced deposit wagering.
One can check the complete list of legalized forms of gambling in each and every state by visiting Wikipedia.
Gambling regulations in the USA
There are three laws that apply to gambling in general and to certain questions considering online gambling:
- The Interstate Wire Act
- The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act
- The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
Although the Interstate Wire Act passed back in 1961, it still has a massive influence on the USA gambling industry. The main goal of this law was to make the transmission of bets and related information illegal. This act was designed not to prevent the US citizens from gambling, but to stop organized crime families, which were frequent at the time, to generate income through various gambling organizations.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was passed in 1992 in order to declare any form of sports betting illegal. In short, this regulation prohibits any “governmental entity” (state) to legalize betting on professional and amateur athletes.
But, these two regulations didn’t affect online gambling that much. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which was passed in 2006, had a much bigger influence on online gambling. This law was designed to disallow banks and other financial organizations to process gambling payments. This doesn’t mean that UIGEA makes it illegal for the US citizens to gamble online, it just prevents banks and credit card companies from cooperating with the providers of illegal gambling. Individuals who use these payment processors will not be prosecuted.
One can see the list of states in which online gambling is currently prohibited by visiting Gambling Sites webpage.
US online casinos
Below is a list of the most popular and most visited online casinos in the USA, followed by the brief overviews of some of them:
- Las Vegas USA casino
- Planet 7 casino
- MYB casino
- Ignition casino
- Sun Palace casino
- Raging Bull casino
- Slots LV casino
- Royal Ace casino
- Casumo Casino
- Drake casino.
Casumo casino offers a very generous welcoming promotion in which one can win up to 200 free spins and bonus cash up to 1200 $/€/£! One gets awarded 20 free spins before making the first deposit and the other 180 along with placing the first deposit. The bonus amount of 1200 $/€/£ covers first five deposits with different matches:
- 1st – 200%match
- 2nd and 3rd – 50% match and
- 4th and 5th – 25% match.
Las Vegas USA was established back in 1999 and became fully operational by gaining the Panama online gambling license. This casino has plenty of promotions and bonuses to offer to its customers:
- By using the “400BONUS” code one can claim a 400% match deposit bonus worth up to 10000$.
- “IDBLASVEGAS” bonus code brings one a deposit bonus that comes with a 150% match up to the amount of 3000$.
- By entering the “150BONUS” while placing a deposit one can claim a 150% match Blackjack Bonus.
- If one uses the “SLOTS200” bonus code while making a deposit, he can claim a 200% Double Match Bonus worth up to 7000$.
- New members can also claim a 50$ prize when placing a deposit using MST Gift Cards.
All games are powered by the Realtime Gaming software platform. The only flaw is a lack of live dealer casino games.
Planet 7 casino is also powered by Realtime Gaming, which ensures more than 250 high-quality games. It is licensed by the Costa Rica gambling license back in 2006, when it was founded. Planet 7 offers a very generous first deposit bonus that comes with a 400% match up to the amount of 4000$! One just needs to enter the “CASINO400” bonus code while placing a deposit, in order to claim this promotion. This casino also has an outstanding 24/7 live customer support for all unresolved issues.
Drake casino was established back in 2012 and became fully operational by gaining the Curacao Online Gambling License. It offers various generous bonuses and promotions, starting with their welcoming package which covers first three deposits and carries a 300% match up to the amount of 2000$ (6000$ in total)! It also offers some of the best online casino tournaments one can take part in. All games are based on the high-quality software developed by the Betsoft company.