Casinos for US Players

There are online Casinos available to US Players.

The Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was signed into law in 2006 by President George W. Bush, causing many online casinos to exclude US players from gambling at their sites.

Prior to UIGEA being enacted, it was estimated that over two thirds of global online gambling revenue was generated by US players. However, due to concern that online payment mechanisms on such a large scale might be a money laundering platform for the funding of terrorist activities, the government instituted policy as a preventative measure against future attacks.

The new act resulted in a withdrawal of online casinos from the US market. Playtech and Cryptologic ceased the licensing of gaming software to online casino operators who accepted payment from US citizens. MicroGaming, on the other hand, did not. As the dominant software licensor within the online gaming industry, they continued to service US gamblers, and as a result, grew exponentially over the two years following the UIGEA enactment. This ended abruptly in 2008 after it was authorised that Kentucky domain names owned by operators of international gambling websites were to be seized. As a result, US players no longer had access to online casino sites.

There are however still some international gaming operators that are still able to accommodate US players. They are reputable organisations with comprehensive games software, payout facilities and bonus offerings, and are powered by innovative developers the likes of Vegas Technology, Real Time Gaming and Wizard Gaming. The casinos are listed below, and US players are able to make deposits utilising Visa, MasterCard and Amex.

It seems that in the not too distant future, US players might have a greater selection when choosing online casinos. With the introduction of Barney Frank's Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act of 2009, which is set to be up for consideration towards the end of 2009, it appears that online gambling may once again be freely available to the US gambler. Effectively, the controversial UIGEA legislation from the Bush administration will be made redundant following the introduction of the new gambling bill under Obama's leadership.