Enforcement of federal laws banning online gambling is not without controversy. Recent cases have resulted in large fines and asset seizures. In the United States, federal prosecutors have filed charges against Internet poker operators under the UIGEA and 18 U.S.C. 1955. The case also alleges that some Internet gambling websites accept money from people who are not authorized to do so.
Federal and state laws vary. While gambling is largely a matter of state law, federal law can help bolster state laws. State officials are concerned that online gambling could introduce illegal gambling to their jurisdictions. It is important to consult your state law for any laws that govern online gambling. For example, if you’re located in California, it’s illegal to play in online casinos, no matter where you’re located.