In October 2006 legislation was been passed in the United States designed to stifle the online bingo industry by making it difficult for Americans to deposit into or withdraw from their gambling accounts via US financial institutions. This has caused chaos in the industry and some sites have already jumped ship (such as Party Bingo and Interbingo) while others have reiterated their commitment to serve American players. Congress has recently been debating internet gambling regulation legislation which would be good for everyone.
The featured sites in this section are reputable player favourites that intend to continue to serve the US Market, under international
law with the possible backing of the WTO (WTO dispute). The US laws seem to target financial institutions and possibly ISPs - it does not directly challenge online gambling sites operated outside their jurisdiction, nor are their any criminal implications for American playerss, according to press releases from various bingo operators.
NOTE: Online sports
betting is illegal in some states and the scope of these laws are under debate. Some prosecuters feel that the spirit of these laws should include other forms of gambling including poker, slots and possibly even bingo. Players should seek advice locally regarding the legality of any gaming activity involving monetary stakes that they plan to pursue online. The fact is, regardless of the legal opinion of lawyers representing off-shore bingo operators, it is at the prosecuters descretion to pursue action based on their interpretation of the laws in their jurisdiction. Since the laws are designed to protect consumers - it is unlikely that players will ever be targeted for prosecution; however, it is your reponsibility to act in accordance to all laws in your district, state or country.
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