More often than not, people just register for online casino games without paying any attention whatsoever to the applicable legal constraints. Online casino games have become so popular since the ‘explosion’ of the internet in the early 1990s. Before you sign up for mobile roulette, blackjack or any of your favorite online gambling casino games, you should make sure that you are well informed about the specifics of what the law in your country dictates.Not so long ago, gambling was perceived by society to be more of a social evil rather than a pastime activity. Many people had no choice but to believe that gambling was a dirty game where conmen and addicts went to portray their ill behaviors. Many countries have set up agencies to regulate and monitor any activity that falls within the bounds of ‘gambling’. It is important to be well informed on what country allows what gambling in order to ensure that the games you play are legally recognized.In the United States, despite the fact that there has actually been a boom in the gambling and gaming business, no state has implemented laws authorizing online gambling on profit making websites. The Gaming Control Board is responsible for any licensing, ownership regulation, control and monitoring of all casinos.Unlike in the United States, online gambling and betting are completely legal in Australia. That means that anyone in Australia can play mobile roulette, blackjack or any of their favorite online casino games.Subject to legislation effected in 2006, casino gambling, or any other communication technology reliant gambling, is illegal in the Russian Federation.In the Indian state of Maharashtra, online gambling is altogether illegal.Apart from backgammon, Israeli legislation does not permit online gambling activities.The government of France allowed for internet based gambling to be legally operated in 2010. However, games of chance, such as the video slots and roulette remain illegal. This was decided upon in order eliminate any cases of gambling addiction.British law permits many forms of internet gambling. Casino games such as roulette, blackjack and the slots are well within the bounds of state law.For all the other countries, nothing can be more important for you than at least to have a basic understanding of the laws governing gambling. The website providing roulette or any other game downloads should have some information regarding the legality of whatever game it is that you need. Many articles and documents available online provide well formatted information regarding the legality of online gambling in different states or nations. Online gambling is sure an interesting pastime activity that has come to be popular among many. However, if online gambling is not permitted in your country, you still have land based casinos as an alternative.
The State of Georgia is facing a budget shortfall for fiscal 2009 of over $2 Billion. And states do not have the luxury of running deficit spending, and printing up paper money to cover the shortfall. State budgets must be balanced each year. So, Georgia needs to give serious consideration to a new revenue stream.State Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta) has announced his intention to introduce a bill in the 2009 legislative session to allow voters to decide if they want gaming in Georgia. His bill would allow voters of each Georgia county to decide whether or not they wanted gaming in their county. The Georgia Assembly and recent governors have been cool to the idea of casinos in Georgia. But the legislature has never allowed any gaming proposal to be voted on in a general referendum or any other popular vote.The big question is: Should gambling be made legal in the state of Georgia?Answer Number One: In a free society, individuals are free to use their income and assets whichever way they choose. There should be no moral, ethical, or even Biblical sanction against gambling. Some people believe that gambling is a sin, but a sin should not be made illegal when it does not initiate force or fraud against another individual. Said another way, if I use my money to gamble with, it’s my business.Answer Number Two: The State legislators have already settled any moral trepidations they may have ever had over gambling. It is already legal here in Georgia in one form. Fifteen years ago, lottery gambling became legal in Georgia, and to date, has generated over $15 Billion in tax revenue. Sales for fiscal year 2008 climbed to a record-breaking $3.5 billion, exceeding the revenue generated during fiscal year 2007. So, the State of Georgia has already been in the gaming business for over 15 years. Casino gambling is simply another form of gambling. However, with casino gambling, the state will not have the monopoly, but private enterprise will own and operate the casinos.With a 15-year history of successful gaming under its belt, it is going to be pretty hard for the Georgia General Assembly to refuse casino gambling without exhibiting massive hypocrisy. But massive hypocrisy has not stopped them in the past.But, what about other states where gaming is legal? What has their experience been?To find out, I went to the website of the American Gaming Association in Washington, DC.In Nevada, the granddaddy of them all, where gaming began in 1931, tax revenues from gaming have been a large part of the state budget. In 2006, Nevada gaming had 201,000 employees and tax revenues were $1.034 Billion. Nevada’s budget for 2009 is set at $6 Billion, so gaming revenue comprises about 17% of that state’s total income each year.Mississippi legalized gaming in 1990, passed by legislation and local option vote. There are 30,500 gaming employees, and tax revenue for 2006 was $350.44 Million.Louisiana legalized gambling in 1993, passed by legislation and local option vote. Tax revenue last year was $559 million, another $68 million from racetrack casinos, with 20,300 gaming employees.Michigan legalized gambling in 1996 by statewide referendum, local option vote and legislation. Michigan has 3 casinos that generated 2006 tax revenue of $365 million.So we see here that other states have long histories of success with casino gambling.Casino gambling would be a welcome addition to the convention business in Atlanta and other Georgia cities. Las Vegas has been stealing away convention business for years now with their gaming and entertainment attractions. The Georgia hospitality and restaurant industries would also get an infusion of business as they support gaming tourism.Atlanta has another competitive advantage as a gaming destination…Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the busiest airport in the world. It’s been said that you can’t even get to heaven without connecting through Atlanta. Our presence as a Southern regional transportation hub makes Atlanta an easy gaming destination for the two thirds of the population of the US that lives east of the Mississippi River.Casino gambling can be a valuable addition to the economy of Georgia. I hope that the Georgia General Assembly can find its courage and conscience and votes in favor of casino gambling in the 2009 Legislative Session.