While most of the news regarding sports betting in the United States comes out of New Jersey, online poker is quietly becoming a reality around the nation. California is the latest state to push hard for legalization, with lawmakers introducing four bills in 2015 alone, and efforts to legalize online poker dating back to 2008.
Daily Fantasy Sports have been one of the biggest boons to the general sports betting industry in years. With the apparent similarity between fantasy leagues that allow for betting on individual player performances and typical sports gambling that wagers on the outcome of games, proponents of legalized sports gambling have additional ammunition against the leagues and the laws. And once again, New Jersey is leading the fight.
It's rare that the United States loses a case in the World Trade Organization, but that's exactly what happened thirteen years ago. The tiny state of Antigua and Barbuda filed a complaint with the WTO regarding the United States' policy against online gambling websites. Shockingly enough, the small Caribbean country won.
If you were hoping that 2016 would be the year online gambling becomes a reality throughout the United States, think again. A number of issues will likely keep politicians at the state and federal level from acting on strong gambling legislation. Let's take a look at a few of these issue preventing more online casinos from beginning operation in the US.