2017 to See an Update in U.S. Gambling Laws

Gambling in the U.S., with regard to the law, has always faced a ton of problems. For instance, online gambling has been heavily regulated, thanks to the implementation of acts such as the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act and the Federal Wire Act.

However, since gambling has been a generous source of income for individual states, state governments are looking to change the current scenario. They intend to achieve this through legislative action that will allow for more flexible rules with regard to online gambling operations.

Here is a list containing the names of a few states that are taking measures to loosen the restrictions on online gambling, as well as other types of gambling.

New York

After the breakup of the Native American casino monopoly, gambling advocates in New York are looking to convince legislators on making online gambling less restricted.

Legislators are already observing the neighboring state of Pennsylvania for this. This is because Pennsylvania is on the verge of permitting online gaming within the state and that’s a problem for New York. New York could lose out on tax revenues if they keep the ban on online gambling going and Pennsylvania would reap the benefits since it is only a few miles away.

But, the signs are good. There is a growth in land based casinos, which, advocates believe, will eventually spread to online gambling as well. Also, the recent ruling by the Federal Court of Appeals concerning the exclusion of online gaming from the Federal Wire Act paints a rosy picture.

New Jersey

New Jersey is one of the more progressive states when it comes to gambling. Most forms of gambling are legal here. In fact, in 2013, the state even legalized in-state online gambling for a select group of websites such as the Tropicana Casino and Resort site, the Caesars Interactive Entertainment site, and the Golden Nugget Atlantic city site.

The state even has a Casino Control Commission to help deal with federal prohibitions aimed at online gambling.


Riverfront casinos are a huge success in Michigan. Now, legislators are looking to legalize online poker as well. An online bill passed in the summer of 2016 didn’t see the light of day. However, legislators are not giving up and a new bill is in the works for 2017.

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