In America the question of whether it is legal or not to gamble online is a highly poignant one. In November of 2002 the 5th circuit court of appeals deemed the Federal Wire Act to prohibit the transferal of funds for sports betting via telecommunications lines, but allowed that it did not prohibit one to gamble online on a game of chance. In the years that followed the trend started to shift away from encouraging one to gamble online. Both Google and Yahoo! Stopped advertising online gaming on their sites in 2004, and later in that year Casino City bought a case against the US government claiming that it was entirely legal to gamble online and that therefore first amendment rights were being violated. The District court for the Middle District of Louisiana thought the case out in February 2005; however, since April 2005 Yahoo! Reviewed their stance and began advertising again all be it in a restricted manner.2005 saw the passing of a bill though the North Dakota House of Representatives allowing for the existence of online poker and card rooms if run under the regulation of the state. Whilst it passed the State House of Representatives, it did not pass the State Senate. Throughout 2006 various operators were arrested and charged for violations of the Federal Wire Act, and in September of 2006 a last minute attachment was placed onto the Safe Port Act just before breaking for recess. This amendment is what would become the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act), and when signed into law prohibited the transferal of funds from financial institutions to online gaming sites. This created a huge drop in interest in American online gaming and many companies suspended their services to American consumers.2007 has seen the introduction of both the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act, and the Skill Game Protection Act. The first would allow for the provision of internet gambling licenses under the auspices of the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, whilst the second would recategorize skill games such as poker, chess and bridge so that they wouldn’t be affected by legislation against games of chance. This is an ongoing process, but the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act has come against hard opposition and the ability to carry it out has been drawn into serious question. So, for now, it is legal in most states to gamble online.
To gamble is to risk but there are options to help cut back the risk.Set your limitFirst and foremost important is to remember, gambling is for fun! Do not gamble if you cannot afford to lose. Have a specific amount set aside for gambling and stick to it. Don’t borrow money to gamble and don’t ever go past your set limit.Take Frequent breaks.Don’t attempt to play at a casino if you are under stress, depressed or troubled in any way. All distractions can cause you to lose your concentration and obviously result in losses you may not incur otherwise. Bright lights and loud noises are created to the casinos benefit. If you are gambling online, ensure that you are not going to be distracted and if you are, stop play until another time.Slots TipsTip #1. Always play the max coin amount on progressive slots. It is best to play max regardless of whether the slot is progressive or not but how painful would it be to hit a jackpot on less than max bet?Tip #2. Know the payout schedule before sitting down at a slot machine. Just like in poker, knowledge of the odds and payouts is crucial to developing a good strategy.Tip #3. If you are not having luck at a particular machine, then move on to another one. Don’t play it all night, hoping for it to finally pay off.Tip #4. Always ensure your bet registers in the machine prior to pulling the bar or hitting spin, you will not be given the max coin winnings if the machine doesn’t record a max coin bet being placed.Tip #5. Never leave your machine until you are done playing. There is no worse feeling that someone taking the machine you were playing at because you went for a drink or to use the restroom. Make sure you take care of personal business prior to choosing your slot. There are waitresses for drinks.Blackjack TipsTip #1 The most obvious is to ensure you know the rules of blackjack. It is always a good idea to have a strategy when you play blackjack. All winning systems are based on a basic strategy which consists of statistically speaking, there exists only one best action a player can take for each of the possible hands he can receive versus each possible upcard the dealer may have.Tip #2 Learn about the house rules of each casino, the better the house rules, the more money you can expect to win in the long run. And yes, house rules do vary between casinos.Tip #3 Learn the proper way to use your bankroll. There are statistically proven methods to keep control of your balance and the amount of bet you should place based on your total bankroll.Tip #4Never drink alcohol when you are playing and always leave the game once you start to feel fatigued. You may start to make mistakes that you won’t even notice.Poker TipsTip #1 The best tip for poker playing is to read up on the game play, the variants of the game and ensure you know the rules of the game.Tip #2 When you first start, it is a good idea to sit out and watch the other players prior to starting your game. Watch how they bet and how much they bet.Tip #3 As you advance as a player, learn how to bluff. You must know the game well and bluff only when you feel secure that the other players will not call your bluff.Tip #4 It is also a good idea to try to play against less skillfull opponents. Obviously, you will have a better chance at the game if you have more knowledge and experience.Tip #5 Most important is what many of us have heard before, “Know when to hold ‘em and when to fold “em”. Mistakes are made quite often in poker when players want to stick it out with hands that have no value. That is a guaranteed loss. And stick with the no alcohol while playing rule.Video Poker TipsTip #1 Just as with poker, you must know the game of video poker. There is a wide variant of video poker games, with each having a different set of winning card combinations. It is a good idea to pay attention to whether or not a machine uses one 52-deck of cards or more than one. The more cards there are, the less likely the player will win.Tip #2 There is no such thing as a loose or tight video poker machine. They do not operate on reels like a slot machine, each card has an equal chance of showing up on any hand.Tip #3 Always play the maximum number of credits allowed on progressive video poker, if you hit a royal flush, you will want that jackpot.Tip #4 Until you are a master player, play at the lowest coin denomination amount possible. This will give you more cash to play on and learn as you go.Tip #5 It can be very helpful to play a handheld video poker game (like you can get at any store with board games), this will also give you experience and a good knowledge of how the games will play.The most important of all with all games- HAVE FUN!