Are Online Casinos Legal in the United States?
Virtual Casinos saw the light of day in the US as early as the nineties, growing rapidly in popularity and numbers in the mid 2000s. However, come 2006, the UIGEA was passed and some of the largest online casinos in the world left this market as it became near-impossible to process transactions with US financial institutions and banks. Since then, there has been an ongoing struggle to get Internet gambling legalized in various states, some of the strongest arguments being that it will serve as a source of revenue and regulating the industry will protect players. Still, the UIGEA remains rather confusing more many American players. They fail to get that it criminalizes financial transactions but not playing online casino games.
Presently, Las Vegas and Atlantic City remain hubs for offline gaming, and the number of online casinos that accept US players is increasing as the use of third party payment processes like eWallets becomes more trustworthy. Some states like Nevada and New Jersey have legalised online poker, while others require consultation: Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Oregon, Louisiana, New York, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Washington is the only state where no form of Internet gambling whatsoever is allowed.
Playing Real Money Casino Games in the United States
Choosing the right US casino involves checking that your preferred deposit method is accepted. If the methods you prefer are not supported, it can take you a very long time to manage your banking accounts in order to finally fund the casino account. You make a deposit by going to the banking or cashier page of the casino, then selecting your preferred deposit method from the list of accepted deposits option provided. You then specify the amount you wish to deposit.
Other things to look for are if the deposits are instantaneous and come free of charge, and how affordable the minimum deposit amount is in relation to your bankroll. The most popular depost methods forr US casinos are American Express (AMEX), Mastercard, Visa, MoneyGRAM and Western Union.
How to Cashout Winnings from a US Casino Account?
The best US casinos are those that offer quick or instant cashouts. The first step in the process, for most casinos, involves completing a fax back form. This is a verification form that serves as a security feature, as the casino is able to confirm you are who you claim to be. This form is very easy to complete. You simply log in and request it at the cashier or chat with support and request it via email. When sending it back, you also send a copy of photo ID, proof of address, and copy of credit card. Completion of the ID process means you can now request a withdrawal.
MoneyGram and Western Union are the fastest cashout methods for US players; they are almost instant payments, taking only a few days for the request to be fully processed. Checks are also a popular option although they can take even two weeks to be delivered to your address.