Nevada Became First US State to Legalise Online Casino

May 2, 2013 12:52 IST

Nevada, in the month of April 2013, became the first US State that allowed its residents to play online poker for money, legally. Online Poker gained legitimacy in Nevada in February 2013. Other states that will legalise online poker soon in US are Delaware and New Jersey.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board issued the 30-day license to enable the websites for competing against each other for the customers. The first legal online poker website to go live in Nevada is UltimatePoker.com. Ultimate Poker is the subsidiary of Station Casinos that operate 16 casinos in Las Vegas.

US authorities claimed that online gambling can generate billions of dollars. Every year, around 10 million US citizens play online poker. However the sites are all offshore, which means that federal authorities as well as state make no money at all.

US had imposed a ban on online gambling in 2006, but the rules could be relaxed now.

Rules for playing online poker legally

• Under Nevada license’s terms, the players should be at least 21 years of age.
• The players should be the residents of Nevada.

In the year 2010, a research conducted by Gambling Commission found out that there were approximately 450000 problem gamblers in UK. They had an average debt of 17500 pound.

The first online casino of the world was created 20 years ago by the Microgaming Software Systems, which are based on Isle of Man.

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