Online gambling is quickly becoming popular in the United States. So far, six states have legalized some form of online gambling — whether it is poker, casino gambling or sportsbooks. Experts have estimated, within the next five years, online gambling could be legal in 20 states. Since gambling is gradually becoming legalized, what should players look for in an online gambling site?

Is It Licensed and Regulated?

Gamblers who think they have found a good site for gambling should check that an online gambling agency regulates it. Some casinos own and regulate many online gambling sites. SugarHouse Casino in Pennsylvania, for example, is both a land-based casino and an online casino. There are other regulatory agencies that regulate online gambling facilities. Make sure an agency regulates the website before you sign up on it.

Gamblers should also check that the website is licensed by an agency. In the United States, state agencies license online casinos. Of course, there are many gambling websites available across the country for people to try. But if they are not licensed and regulated, gamblers who don’t get their winnings have no one to complain to.

What About Reviews?

Once a gambler has selected a website, he or she needs to read what others say about it. Many websites offer impartial reviews and ratings. They may also list highly rated or popular websites. There are a couple of things online gamblers should look for. First, does the online casino pay out winnings promptly? Second, how does the website handle customer complaints? If gamblers read the information that the online casino does not cooperate with its customers, they should choose another site.

What Device?

Online gamblers need to think about the devices they are gambling on before they sign up for a website. Some sites work great on laptops, but not so great on cell phones or tablets. Also, there are online gambling apps that are great for phones and tablets, but not so great for laptops. Gamblers planning to gamble across multiple devices must check the sites to make sure they can accommodate them. A site that says it can accommodate iOS, Android, and Windows should allow gamblers to play anywhere at any time.

Are There Rules for Payout?

A payout should not restrict people who want to gamble online. There are several popular websites that limit the amount people can withdraw at one time. If a gambler is a recreational, small-time gambler, this most likely won’t affect him or her. However, high rollers may find these restrictions problematic. Check the site’s fine print. Make sure it doesn’t limit the amount of money that a person can withdraw each day. If the website limits withdrawals, high-rolling gamblers may want to look elsewhere.
Also, gamblers need to make sure that the site has betting limits they agree with. High rollers are not going to want to limit themselves to a $500 daily limit. However, so they do not overspend, there are people who want limits on their gambling. Gamers should be sure that the website they choose accommodates their gambling limits.

What Kind of Games Are Available?

Gamblers who like variety in their online gambling need to look for online casinos with a variety of entertaining games. They will not want to be on a site where they can only play one type of game. Instead, look for sites that feature slots, blackjack, poker, and other games of chance. There are casino sites that allow sports betting as well. The more variety to keep gamblers entertained, the better.

The Impact of Technology on Sports Betting

In the past, betting on sports teams was very easy, if not exactly legal. A person went to his or her neighborhood bookie. He or she placed a wager on his or her favorite team. If the person won, he or she returned to the bookie, who, then, paid out the money. Sometimes, bookies had large gambling bases, such as the Mafia controlling gambling in a large area. For the most part, gambling was very localized and small. However, that is no longer the case. With both the legalization of sports gambling in the United States and the influx of technology, sports betting is changing.

The Changes


First, sports betting has changed drastically in the last decade because it is no longer illegal in many states. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in May 2018 that states could decide if they wanted to legalize sports betting. It didn’t take long for many to do so. Currently, 16 states have legalized sports gambling. This means these states regulate sports gambling.

The Arrival of Fantasy Sports

Before sportsbooks were even legalized in some areas of the United States, there were changes. One of the largest changes was in fantasy sports networks, such as FanDuel and DraftKings. In fantasy sports, people built teams and wagered on fantasy games. While it was not exactly gambling, it was close. People would put an amount of money in and select players. Points determined each game, and the person with the most points won a pot of money. The money is often shared between several players. Many states that don’t allow sports gambling do allow daily fantasy sports leagues.

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Jean Carter is from Oakland, California and studied jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, California. After graduation, and pining for a warmer climate, Jean relocated to the Tule Springs suburb of Las Vegas, where she owns and operates her own online jewelry boutique incorporating traditional native American styles with her own unique designs. A true fan of the sophistication and glamor of Las Vegas casino life, Jean is also a freelance blogger specializing in all things suave and fashionable surrounding the casino lifestyle.