Published on July 16, 2014 in Industry News

US Online GamblingThree states have already received legalization to offer online gambling; they are Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey.

For anyone not living in one of those three states, don’t despair. There is still hope as other states are pushing to receive legalization to host US friendly online casinos.

Right now, five other states are working diligently to receive state-regulated legalization; they are:

  • Illinois
  • New York
  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania

New Revenues To Fix Broken Budgets

Plenty of people don’t understand why states are fighting so hard to become state-regulated. Well, the truth is that state-regulated gambling (online or land-based) brings in additional income to cover budget deficits.

Online gambling can bring in millions of dollars in taxable revenue for states who have received legalization. One report stated that approximately $184 million could be raised by Pennsylvania alone if online gaming were legalized in their state.

Right now, online gambling has only been legalized in states with 8 million registered residents or less. If one of these larger states received legalization, it could turn the online gambling work topsy-turvy. Right now, California has roughly 40 million residents; that is more than five times the resident population of Nevada.

Right behind California is Illinois and Pennsylvania, both touting 25 millions residents. As you can see, approval in one of these states, if not all of them, will make it much more difficult for continued opposition against online gambling.

Online Gambling In The US Can Resume

Online gamblers were once forced to stop playing, or to find a workaround to play in the States. With legalization, this allows US players the ability to once again play without having to find workarounds.

There are a few groups looking to stop online gambling, most notably Sheldon Adelson and his Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling. Thus far, he’s been pretty successful in pushing this forward; however, there could be considerable headwinds if legalization is given to any of the above mentioned states.

For online gamblers, the future is looking brighter and brighter and advocates against online gambling like Sheldon Adelson look less likely to succeed.