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Online Gambling

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Gambling is a well-regulated industry in the United States. Most states have strict laws about where gambling can take place, so many would-be gamblers became interested in using the Internet to gamble. The FBI has been very clear about the legality of online gambling, however. Its website states in no uncertain terms it's illegal to gamble online in the United States. That means that you cannot place bets on sporting events; you cannot play cards for money; you cannot transfer money electronically for the purpose of gambling; and you cannot gamble in any online casino, even if the casino's website is located internationally. Yet despite the strong prohibition on online gambling, you can play some free online games and participate in some fantasy sports leagues. Alleged Internet gambling is investigated by the FBI, the agency responsible for cyber investigations. The FBI has jurisdiction, and the U.S. attorney has authority to prosecute online gambling cases pursuant to a number of laws, including the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. Find additional information at

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