Online Gambling is the use of a computer to place or receive bets, play games of skill or chance, or to wager on sports events. Specifically, it involves the use of virtual poker, sports betting, and casinos.
There are many countries that prohibit or restrict the use of the Internet for gambling. For example, in the United States, the Wire Act makes it illegal to gamble on sporting events. Moreover, the owners of illegal gambling businesses may be subject to criminal penalties and imprisonment. In addition, the Federal Information Technology Rules address the issue of Internet gambling.
The federal government has made several attempts to enforce the online gambling laws in recent years. However, these efforts have been met with little success. As a result, more and more states are expected to legalize or regulate online gambling.
In the past few years, a number of similar bills have been introduced in the House of Representatives. These bills aim to limit the activities that can be conducted on the Internet, except for the horse racing market. Some of these bills are similar to a bill that has been introduced by Congressman Barney Frank.
Several of these bills have been criticized for violating the First Amendment. Others have raised questions about the authority of the federal government under the Commerce Clause.
The Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act (HR 2046) was introduced by Congressman Barney Frank in April 2007. This legislation would enact a licensing system for the operation of Internet gambling facilities. Additionally, it would modify the UIGEA.