The Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006 made online gambling illegal, but it didn’t stop the growth of the gambling industry. Three states now allow online casino games, horse betting, and poker. Other states are considering proposals to legalize online gaming. Nevada and New Jersey are currently home to online casinos.
Research on the relationship between online gambling disorders is needed to better understand the effects of this new medium. While few online operators have shared data for research, a few operators have implemented strategies and policies to identify risky players. However, prevention action is generally not mandated by Internet gambling regulators, so further action is dependent on operator-initiated measures.
Another type of online gambling involves daily fantasy sports, where players draft their teams and then place bets and get paid. These games are available almost every day of the year, and can be played against a single opponent or against many other participants in a league format. Daily fantasy sports can involve the NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA basketball, and more.
New York will launch online sports betting in January 2022. In the meantime, four sportsbooks have been licensed by the state. Five more are awaiting licensing approval from the New York State Gaming Commission. Soon, there will be nine sportsbook apps available in the state. These apps are designed to make sports betting more convenient for New Yorkers.