When it comes to being able to place a real cash wager in an online casino, US players are fairly limited when it comes to choice. The main thing that gets in the way is The Federal Wire Act of 1961. To further halt this freedom to gamble in an online casino, the Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act that was introduced in 2006 also made it even more difficult for US players to gamble in an online casino.
However, in 2012 when even more legislation was passed, the practice of ‘interstate’ gambling actually became LEGAL. This means that an online gambler can now gamble online, but only at a gambling portal which operates from inside his or her state. Some states recently started issuing online gambling licenses and this naturally gave rise to the number of legitimate US online casinos that now accept real cash wagers from US players.
This interstate monitoring is actually controlled by Geo-location software, which means that players couldn’t gamble in an online casino which operates from outside of their own state even if they wanted to. At the time of writing, New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware are the main states that monitor US online gambling. These jurisdictions legally permit interstate gambling and they also regulate their licensees.
Today’s fully compliant US online casinos all accept US dollars, but unfortunately there are still very few online payment options currently available for US players. This is mainly because the major online payment institutions (PayPal, NETELLER, Skrill etc.) can still be prosecuted by the US government for processing players’ transactions at such gambling portals.
You will find that most of the offshore-based US online casinos which do accept real money wagers from Americans are in fact licensed in jurisdictions such as Panama, Costa Rica and Curaçao, but the ones that are licensed in Panama and Costa Rica are not the most trustworthy online casinos in the world. US online casinos are predominantly powered either by Realtime Gaming or by Rival Gaming and this means that very few US players actually have access to the best of what Microgaming, Playtech or NetEnt powered online casinos have to offer.
At the very few US online casinos that are legally permitted to offer their gambling services to US players, these site do provide English speaking support and this professionally trained player support is usually available 24 hours per day. Today’s best US online casinos also have some great bonuses available for both new & existing players and they run some rather attractive loyalty rewards programs. You will also find that a growing number of US online casinos also now have live dealer casino games available and many of them are now available on mobile.