Is 2021 the year for online casino growth in the USA?
From poker to baccarat and slots to blackjack, people love to play casino games. But, while other countries and continents such as the U.K. and Europe have regulated internet gambling for years. America is yet to jump in with both feet. Even though their neighbours Canada have legalised the use of online casinos, so long as the casino company is not based in the country.
But, in the past decade, America has proved its attitude towards gambling is changing. And 2021 could be the year that sees exponential growth. Read on for more details why.
Supreme Court Struck Down PASPA
Banning the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 2018 marked a progressive step towards America’s approval or tolerance of gambling online.
Since then, twenty states, including Colorado, Iowa, and Pennsylvania, have decided to legalize sports betting.
PASPA intended to stop American states (except Nevada) from participating in sports betting. However, according to the American Gaming Association (AGA), of the $150 billion spent on sports betting in the U.S each year. Despite the legislation, 97% was spent on illegal sportsbooks and offshore companies.
With people choosing to place bets and gamble regardless of the legislation. It stands to reason why states are slowly coming around to the idea of permitting gambling to make it accessible, yet safe, and fair for everyone.
Four States Have Permitted Online Casinos
The Department of Justice authorized all states to determine their online gambling legislation.
Most states which have permitted online gambling have done so to serve their state. Here are four states that have approved online casinos in the last decade, accompanied by their reasons for doing so and success so far.