It is fair to say that there is no country anywhere else in the world at the present moment in time, where he situation regarding gambling is so fluid and ever-changing as it is in the United States. Over the past few years, we have seen a number of states slowly begin to repeal legislation forbidding their inhabitants to bet online (or offline) on a number of different items.
Formerly, it used to be just a few states, such as the famous Nevada (home to Las Vegas and Reno) and New Jersey (which is the home state of Atlantic City) that permitted gambling. Early in the 2000s, the poker boom had taken hold, particularly in the United States and citizens were enjoying playing poker and gambling online but that all changed on April 15, 2011.
That day, known as Black Friday in American gambling circles, saw the US Government raid and seized URLs and funds from a number of top poker sites, effectively wiping out the entire online poker industry in the United States in one fell swoop and plunging the whole online gambling industry into a state of flux.
However, it has been noticeable that the US Government and in particular, each state of the union, has seen its attitude towards online gambling, and gambling in general, relax somewhat since then. Add to that the potential tax revenues that a regulated online gambling industry could generate for each state and it becomes increasingly clear why this greater acceptance is spreading across the United States.
Only two states, Hawaii and Utah do not accept any form of live gambling. Of the 48 states that do, many also run their own state lottery and allow different forms of charitable or pari-mutuel betting. Many others allow betting at racetracks or similar, or on tribal grounds. However, it is in the areas of online betting and sports betting where the real changes have been made in recent years and where rapid growth is expected.
Online gambling and sports betting
While other forms of gambling mentioned above are more widespread across the United States, online gambling and sports betting is still a no-go area in many states, however this is slowly changing. Indeed, just in the past few days, the state of Maine has joined the likes of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Mississippi, Montana, Delaware, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Oregon and West Virginia in legalising sports betting.
This has led to an increase in new betting sites and recently when Pennsylvania passed their legislation to legalise both online gambling and sports betting a number of exciting new sites have already sprung up to offer Pennsylvanians a chance to experience online gambling and sports betting online.
One such site is PlaySugarHouse.com, which is the online site of the famous SugarHouse casino in Pittsburgh, and this site currently offers a range of sports betting to its customers. In addition, an online poker room and an online casino will be added to the site in mid-July, ensuring that its customers in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey can access a wide range of online gambling. Players keen to join can follow the link to learn more about the latest playsugarhouse bonus code information.
Of course, this won’t be the only online offering to citizens of Pennsylvania who are just getting used to being able to gamble online, a number of other companies will follow suit and offer a wide range of casino sites, sportsbooks and poker rooms over the coming weeks and months.
However, it is a trend that is growing as an increasing number of states take a look at the numbers, particularly in terms of tax revenue, that states permitting online gambling in one or more forms are generating, It becomes increasingly clear that as a way to generate funds, regulated online gambling is a real way forward across the United States.
The situation is exacerbated by the fact that players in the U.S. can use software, such as Virtual Point Networks, to hide their IP address and make it appear as if they are logging in from other parts of the world. This means that they could then gamble (technically, illegally) but it is impossible for the state to police this effectively and it also means the state loses any potential tax revenue they could gain from permitting that player to gamble legally in their home state. This is another key reason why so many states are considering making gambling legal.
The situation in the United States regarding gambling has always been complex and Black Friday only muddied the waters still further, but in future, the situation may well become much clearer, at least in those states committed to reviewing and perhaps even repealing their gambling laws.
NBA Signs Landmark Deal to offer Virtual Sports Betting Game
Another big piece of U.S. based gambling news concerns Virtual Sports betting games. These games are legal to play in countries that permit certain forms of gambling, even if they do not allow sports betting as the games are viewed more like a lottery or slot (due to a random number generator deciding the results), than they are a traditional sports betting event.
However, Virtual Sports have always been somewhat generic in their release and none has yet been affiliated to a major sporting body. However, that is set to change with the forthcoming release of “NBA Last 90” a brand-new Virtual Basketball game that is set to be ready to go for the start of the new NBA season, both in the United States and across Europe.
Working in conjunction with UK-based Virtual Sports provider Highlight Games, the NBA and NBPA have signed a deal to use real footage from NBA games over the last few years, using real players, as part of the highlights package for the new Virtual Sport. This is a first in Virtual Sports as rather than the sport being simulated using computer graphics, or using specially filmed action, the NBA Last 90 game will use real action from real teams in real NBA action.
The footage will be randomly selected for each game, which showcases the last 90 seconds of an NBA game. Players will then be able to bet on a number of Virtual Sports markets in the game, such as who will win the game, who will score on the first possession, Over/Under total points scored and similar.
The random number generator will then select random clips from games involving the two teams to generate random results to the game, with the promise of ‘millions of possible outcomes’ promised by the game designers.
This is a huge development for Virtual Sports both in the US and worldwide as it is the first time an official sports ruling body, the NBA, has endorsed a Virtual Sport and it promises to be one of the most eagerly awaited games in the genre.