The growing availability and popularity of the Internet has led to a steady increase in online gaming and gambling. In the United States, we are also witnessing the spread of traditional offline gaming operations from places like Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Native American reservations, to a strip mall, hotel or pari-mutuel facility near you.
We can only expect this growth to continue as states and municipalities relax their anti-gambling laws in order to stimulate their economies and increase tax revenues.
Because of the availability of prize gaming in so many jurisdictions, the laws regulating these activities are immensely numerous. The laws are also difficult to apply and enforce, since much of the legislation and case precedent on the subject is outdated and has not kept pace with the market’s innate ability to devise new games and technologies. The end result is a confusing game of cat-and-mouse between legislators and law enforcement on one hand and operators and gamers on the other. Often times, both sides are unclear on what the law is and how it applies.