Online Gambling is a type of gambling where a player places bets on sporting events or casino games through the Internet. It is legal in several countries and is a growing industry worldwide.
Lawmakers and regulators in many countries are attempting to regulate the online gambling industry. Some countries are enacting laws to prevent money laundering, and others are requiring that online gambling sites be licensed by their country’s gaming commission or other government entity.
Credit card fraud has become a major issue in the online gambling world. A high chargeback rate can damage an online casino’s reputation and hurt their ability to accept credit cards.
There are ways to avoid this problem. For example, players can use an online payment provider to transfer money from their credit card account to their casino account without having to enter their credit card number directly into the online casino’s site.
A player can also choose to receive a physical check for their winnings. This option is offered by most regulated gambling sites in the U.S. However, the minimum withdrawal amount is usually higher than other options and it can take up to four weeks for the check to arrive at the player’s address.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed the Interstate Wire Act into law, which makes it a crime to use telephone lines (wire communication) in interstate or foreign commerce for the placement of sports bets or to transmit information assisting in the placing of bets. This act does not apply to gambling Web sites maintained on offshore computers.