Remote Gambling: Industry Trends and Federal Policy
Gambling, once widely outlawed, is now a regulated, taxed activity that is legal in some form- bingo, card games, slot machines, state-run lotteries, casinos-in all but two states. State governments have the main responsibility for overseeing gambling, but Congress historically has played a significant role in shaping the industry. Since passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA; P.L. 109-347) in 2006, congressional focus has moved to remote gambling. As used in this report, remote gambling refers to gambling that does not occur in a casino, a bingo hall, or a store selling lottery tickets. Remote gambling includes gambling over the Internet as well as gambling using devices that may communicate by other means, such as by telephone or direct satellite links. This report looks at the rise of remote gaming and its potential implications for the broader gambling industry, including traditional and tribal gaming. Having developed into a significant U.S. industry, traditional gambling industries and casino hotels directly employed about 390,000 people and generated an estimated $80 billion in revenue in 2011. The U.S. market for remote gaming could be worth more than $20 billion if the United States enacts federal legislation and all states opt in, according to projections by H2 Gambling Capital, a consulting firm.
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