All over the world, and especially in the United States, there is much debate over exactly how much regulation of online gambling should be allowed. The amount of regulation that online gambling receives fluctuates greatly on a country-to-country basis. Some places pride themselves on a general lack of regulation while others, such as the United States, have strict regulation of online gambling. We’re going to run down a list of some of the general regulations of online gambling that you can expect to find in most countries.
Before looking at what laws are in existence it’s important to look at where those laws even apply. There’s no need to look up legislation that doesn’t affect you in any way and because online gambling oftentimes involves players utilizing a system that is housed several continents away, jurisdiction definitely becomes a murky issue. It is usually the casino location, not the player location, which becomes a factor when jurisdiction is involved. The location of the casino determines whether or not a country with strict regulation of online gambling can prosecute them. For instance, if players from the United States are utilizing a gambling service from Germany, the US government has its hands tied because Germany is, of course, outside of its jurisdiction. The player is typically left alone as well; however, this is a double-edged sword for them. If the online casino has a dispute with the player, this lack of regulation makes it so the player has no legal recourse.
There are widely disparate standards in the world for how an online casino should operate. Some countries, such as the United States, don’t think they should operate at all. Others, such as Australia, allow them to operate but insist that they match the national standards for gambling. Other countries still allow the online casinos to set their own standards. It’s important to look up how your home country establishes standards for regulation of online gambling.
There is a wide gulf in how countries across the globe deal with online casinos. Some merely allow it, some keep close tabs on it, and others go to incredible lengths to keep it away from their citizens. While the approach your country takes is important to know, it is even more essential to come to decisions of your own accord. The dense international nature of online gambling means that even your country’s government might be powerless to stand up to an unscrupulous online casino. Therefore, you should rely on yourself first and foremost.