Casino City's iGaming Pocket Directory - 2013 Edition

122 Sponsored by Casino City’s iGaming Pocket Directory UNITED STATES In many ways, the regulatory push regarding online gaming in the United States resembles the regulatory shifts in Europe. Just as Europe is moving to nation-by- nation regulation instead of pan-EU regulations, the U.S. is increasingly looking at a future where individual states regulate online gaming, rather than the federal government’s setting standards. State-by-state regulation would replicate, to a certain degree, the regulatory structure for land-based casinos in the U.S. But it also reflects the evolving legal status of online gaming, and the abject failure of online gaming proponents to craft credible online gaming legislation at the federal level. In late December 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice ruled that the Wire Act of 1961 applied only to sports betting and NOT, as it had previously held, to online gaming. As a result, states were free to pursue and set their own online gaming regulations. Additionally, federal legislation to regulate online gaming failed in two key areas: 1. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who hails from Nevada, attempted to push legislation that was very Nevada friendly. It favored commercial casinos from Nevada and Nevada as a regulatory authority, it didn’t address the major concerns of Indian tribes (who are major players in the U.S. gaming space) and it was opposed by many states that wanted to pursue items the bill was outlawing. UNITED STATES