In the past, many US gamblers have had to visit places like Las Vegas or to Atlantic City to have a flutter and although the United States may seem like a gamblers paradise, this is actually a misleading conception, especially with regards to online gambling. However, over the past decade or so though, a growing number of fully licensed online gambling portals have become available to Americans.
Many would think that it is the Federal Government which has the power to issues licenses to gambling operators when it in fact it is the authorities within these individual states. These authorities can either outlaw online gambling altogether or they can embrace the industry and fully regulate online gambling.
Only a small handful of states have decided to take the more relaxed approach towards gambling online and have recently started issuing licenses to a number of operators. The three main states include Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. Each state makes sure that its citizens stick to gambling within their own state thanks to Geo-location software. This technology basically prevents players from being able to gamble online outside of that state’s borders.
However, US players can still find plenty of places to gamble online, even if the state they live in does not allow online gambling. US players have for many years been playing in online casinos which are licensed offshore and are owned by foreign operators. Many of these casinos continue focusing their business towards the US market and these sites are generally powered by companies like Rival Gaming and Realtime Gaming.
Unfortunately the majority of US players still do NOT have access to a wide range of Microgaming, Playtech or Net Entertainment (NetEnt) powered casinos, but several Betsoft Gaming powered casinos are now widely available for US players. Many of today’s US friendly online casinos also tend to be licensed either in Curacao (formerly Netherlands Antilles, by the Curacao Internet Gaming Association) or in Kahnawake (by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission). This is an area which is independent of Canada and located on Indian land reserve in Quebec. Other US casinos may be licensed Antigua and Barbuda (by the Directorate of Offshore Gaming) or even in Panama or Costa Rica.
Today’s best US online casinos usually provide 24 hour toll-free support and they are always free to sign up to. They all accept US dollars, they run some great promotional offers throughout the year and they also run some attractive loyalty rewards programs. Although US players are still fairly restricted when it comes to gambling online, gradually more and more fully licensed gambling portals are becoming more widely available.