Several states have regulated online gambling. However, there are several other jurisdictions in the world that do not permit this activity. For example, in India, gambling is illegal.
In the United States, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act was introduced as a bill in the Senate in 1999. This legislation was criticized by the Justice Department for being a step in the wrong direction. Despite the failure of the bill, legislation has been introduced to the House of Representatives.
One of the key issues has been the enforcement of federal gambling laws. Some have argued that the Commerce Clause trumps the free speech guarantee of the First Amendment. Other have argued that due process should apply when financial transactions occur in the United States. These arguments have not yielded significant results.
The federal government has made several attempts to prosecute individuals who violate the law. This has included charges of money laundering and money laundering for international purposes.
A recent case involves a company called K23 Group Financial Services. This business operates an internet poker site. They were charged with money laundering under 18 U.S.C. 1956. They were convicted and sentenced to two years probation and a $25,000 fine.
The US Department of Justice also announced that the Wire Act is now applied to all forms of Internet gambling. However, these charges have sparked a debate over whether it has a legitimate basis.
The Supreme Court has not yet decided the case. It is possible that it will decide in favor of the government. Ultimately, it is up to each state to regulate gambling.