UIGEA and RAWA news and analysis

In September 2006, the United States House of Representatives and Senate passed legislation that would make it illegal for financial institutions to conduct monetary transactions with online gambling sites. This legislation, termed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), was "tacked on" in the final hours (shortly before adjourning for the midterm elections) as an amendment to the unrelated and virtually unstoppable SAFE Port Act, which was intended to improve the security of American ports. The Act was signed into law by then U.S. President Bush on October 13, 2006. The specific UIGEA part of the Act can be read here.

Several large online gambling operators including 888.com, Party Gaming and Bwin immediately stopped accepting bets from U.S. customers, and saw their stock prices tumble accordingly. However, many other operators have continued to accept customers from the United States despite the legal uncertainty this law has created.

Curiously, no part of the UIGEA defines what exactly "unlawful Internet gambling" is and no part of the Act prohibits anyone from gambling online. A couple of years of hindsight has revealed the effects of this legislation to be:

  • A minor inconvenience for U.S. players who would like to play poker or casino games online;
  • A flourishing industry of smaller, less visible, and largely unregulated operators happy to accept customers from the USA;
  • Most of the largest, most professional, and well regulated operators unwilling or unable to accept U.S. customers;
  • Billions of potential tax revenue lost by State and Federal U.S. governments.

Below you can find an archive of all UIGEA related news articles we have posted to the site.

New Jersey Sportsbetting Appeal Inches Closer to Supreme Court

New Jersey's attempt to get their sportsbetting legalization appeal in front of the Supreme Court is inching closer to being heard, as the US Solicitor General paged the parties involved to give them a status update.

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New Jersey Sportsbetting Appeal Inches Closer to Supreme Court

New Jersey's attempt to get their sportsbetting legalization appeal in front of the Supreme Court is inching closer to being heard, as the US Solicitor General paged the parties involved to give them a status update.

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$10.2 Billion in March Madness Bets Expected

The NCAA basketball tournament is set to kick off in the United States today, and the event (better known as March Madness) is set to have more than $10.4 billion wagered on it thanks to an estimated 70 million brackets filled out by punters.

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$10.2 Billion in March Madness Bets Expected

The NCAA basketball tournament is set to kick off in the United States today, and the event (better known as March Madness) is set to have more than $10.4 billion wagered on it thanks to an estimated 70 million brackets filled out by punters.

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Michigan Senate Passes Online Betting Law Through Committee

The state of Michigan took an important step forward toward legalizing and regulating online betting within their borders as the Senate Reform Committee passed the measure with a 7 to 1 vote.

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Michigan Senate Passes Online Betting Law Through Committee

The state of Michigan took an important step forward toward legalizing and regulating online betting within their borders as the Senate Reform Committee passed the measure with a 7 to 1 vote.

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Massachusetts Casino Operators in Favor of Online Betting

Last week the Massachusetts Special Commission on Online Gaming and Daily Fantasy sports held a hearing where it was revealed that some of the state's land casino operators are in favor of legalized online betting in the state.

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New Jersey Senator Aims to Protect Online Gambling from Feds

This week a New Jersey state senator took moves to protect the Garden State's online gaming business by introducing a resolution that calls on the US Congress to "oppose any actions that would prohibit states to conduct Internet gaming."

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New Jersey Senator Aims to Protect Online Gambling from Feds

This week a New Jersey state senator took moves to protect the Garden State's online gaming business by introducing a resolution that calls on the US Congress to "oppose any actions that would prohibit states to conduct Internet gaming."

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Michigan Introduces Four Online Gambling Legalization Bills

The Wolverine State appears determined to take some action on internet betting, as four new bills related to the legalization of the activity have been introduced this week.

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