History of Gambling

For those who enjoy gambling from the comfort of their homes, New Jersey is a virtual paradise. It’s the only state in the U.S. that has completely legalized online gambling, meaning that if you live there, you can lie on your couch in your pajamas while playing to win big. If you’re tempted to hit the online slots, all you have to do is look for a website that has the official New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement logo. Currently, five New Jersey casinos are legally authorized to provide online gambling, including Borgata Hotel, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Golden Nuggets, Resorts Casino and Tropicana Casino.

Of course, New Jersey wasn’t always a mecca for those seeking to gamble their money online. For a while, online gambling was everywhere. In fact, the trend of gambling online reached its peak in 2004, when online gamblers accounted for half of the industry’s revenue. However, it was in 2006 that the United States government sought to ban online gambling for good with the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. After this point, many people were prohibited from signing on and spending money.

New Jersey circumvented this law in 2013 by fully legalizing online gambling in the state. So far, it’s the only state to do so entirely. Delaware and Nevada have partially legalized online gaming, but they’ve failed to create a regulation that fully legalizes all aspects of virtual gambling. To learn more about the history of gambling in the United States, read the attached infographic.

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