Playing Video Poker Online

Is Gambling Online for You?

Over the last few years online gambling has become big business. But is it right for you?

Online gambling can be enjoyable, but there are both positive and negative considerations before choosing to gamble online. There are several differences between gambling online and gambling in a land-based casino, and we will discuss some of them.

Playing online is done from your own PC or other device via Internet. You can do it anywhere you have an Internet connection -- at home on your PC, at work, or even from your hotel room while on the road. However, convenience is a double-edged sword -- while it is a positive consideration for many, for others online gambling may be just too convenient. Players who are apt to be unable to control their gambling should definitely avoid playing online. (Many online casinos offer a policy of "self-exclusion", which allows you to notify the casino you want to suspend your account for a predetermined period of time. Having done so, you generally will not be allowed to play at that casino until the time period lapses. Effectiveness of this process may vary depending on the casino and the creativity of the individual in trying to get around the policy).

Many people have to travel long distances to visit a casino; as a result, playing online may be less expensive. Since you are playing from home, you save the travel expenses connected with a casino trip. People who are shut-in or unable to travel can enjoy the benefits of playing online. Playing online can be a great getaway when you aren't able to take time off for a trip to a land gambling destination or for those who are not up for the travel.

For many, the land casino experience is a "getaway" that online gambling simply doesn't replicate. If this is important to you, online gambling may not be right for you. Online casinos now offer "comps" and/or "cash back", but they are limited and don't usually give rise to the kinds of "expense paid vacations" many players have grown accustomed to. Online casinos do routinely offer deposit bonuses which you can take advantage of.

In the case of video poker, you can often find better games online than you can in land-based casinos in certain areas of the US. Slot progressives can sometimes get quite large online, and players may find these progressives to be more attractive than those at their local casino.

In 2006, the United States enacted the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA). This legislation prohibits gambling businesses from "knowingly accepting payments in connection with the participation of another person in a bet or wager that involves the use of the Internet and that is unlawful under any federal or state law." There has been significant debate about these rules and some congressional interest in repealing or modifying the law, however, at this time these rules continue to be in force. As a result, US banks will generally not handle transactions involving online gambling, although there are other entities who continue to do so.

U.S. States and localities differ on the legal status of gambling, generally, and specifically as to online gambling. A few have passed laws expressly forbidding Internet gambling. Currently, there is a great deal of interest among US states in using online gambling to generate revenue. Some states have begun to move forward with promulgating regulations and even licensing online gambling within state borders.

If you are uncertain as to the status of online gambling in your state, you will want to take these laws into account in your decision process.

For now, the status of online gambling in the United States is evolving. We will keep you updated.




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