Despite the fact that today the gaming industry is heavily regulated and laws exist specifically to make sure the gambling activities are done in a proper manner, there are still certain gambling activities that find themselves either in a legal grey area or downright illegal.
A country that enforces strict laws on this type of activity is the United States. Here the laws that are aimed at the gaming industry are called gaming laws and they fall under the competences of different types of legislative branches, criminal, tax, constitutional for example, thus making them extremely complicated. The individuals or institutions that practice illegal gambling not only fall under the jurisdiction of local state laws, but also under the federal law, which also makes it a federal crime in the United States to engage in illegal gambling. The only establishment that are permitted to engage in this type of gaming industry are those who are issued special licenses from the authorities.
Whilst most of the casino’s and real life gambling activities are heavily regulated and the competent laws are enforced, there are still certain means through which gambling can happen outside the regulated mediums. This legal grey areas and gambling loopholes can be found within the industry of online gambling, as in many situations lawmakers can’t keep up with the fast changing dynamic of this type of type of medium. The very nature of the online environment makes it hard to verify the fairness in which the actual gambling process take place, whether the game is rigged or not,as such, any law that exists to regulate it are hard to enforce.
There are other types of issues that stem from online gambling, namely that of an increased number of pathological gamblers. The anonimity provided by online gambling also provides the means for certain individuals to feed the addiction thus creating another headache for the authorities. There is a continued process of making the gaming industry a risky but fair experience for the consumer, and also make sure that he or she is protected.