Casinos Accepting US Players
Update: September 2014
The month of September 2014 was a month of contrasting news in the online gaming industry with plenty going on. In US online casino news there was plenty to celebrate as we head into fall with RTG providing slots players with yet another fantastic new 5 reel creation in the shape of High Fashion slots. This trendy new video slot serves up wilds and freespins and of course with a title like that it’s not hard to tell that its themed on the world of fashion and hitting that catwalk, and it was launched in a blaze of glory at Uptown Aces with a super freespins giveaway promotion. Other new slots include the new Saucify slot of Double Trouble and Slotland released another proprietary title in the shape of Grand Fortune, adding further to their very own 5 reel creations.
Microgaming also hit the headlines with the release of their long awaiting new addition, that of Jurassic Park. Jurassic Park is based on the Hollywood blockbuster movie of the same name and can be enjoyed in many Microgaming casinos, perfect for the UK player, and while on the subject of the UK, a law that was to see a new licensing regime introduced across the pond was put back a month, after a Gibraltar gaming group challenged it in court, and we await the full outcome of that one.
In the world of US mobile casinos we had a few great additions to two of the most popular mobile casinos, those of Bovada mobile and Slots.LV mobile. Bovada players will now be able to enjoy the fantastic Under the Bed slots on their mobile devices and Slots.LV members will find that the wonderful Goldbeard slots now graces the mobile casino lobby, boosting the slots options wonderfully. Another mobile slots release came in the shape of Henhouse mobile slots and Jackpot Capital mobile casino was first off the mark with that one, launching it, as is always the case with a new slot at Jackpot Capital, with a great bonus offer.
In New Jersey gaming we had news of Ultimate Gaming leaving the Garden State after its partner casino, that of the Trump Taj Mahal decided to close its doors, however Betfair was given breathing space to continue business even though its partner the Trump Plaza shut up shop, and Betfair will now license with Caesar’s. The good news from Atlantic City is that sports betting is now almost 100% legal in the state after Governor Chris Christie ordered that casinos and racetracks would not be punished for allowing it. The issue is at present in the hands of US District Judge Michael Shipp who will make a final decision after hearing more evidence on October 31st.
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August is traditionally the slowest month in the world of online gaming however we did get some headline making news. August saw the launch of the new US casino Uptown Aces which is actually a massive overhaul and rebrand of the great RTG Desert Nights Casino and this was done to clear up a little confusion, as previously there were in fact two Desert Nights with the other one powered by Rival Gaming. The Rival Gaming casino stays exactly the same, however the RTG version is now Uptown Aces, and we have to say that it’s a change for the better and Uptown Aces serves up a great neon Las Vegas theme and comes along with all the trimmings of a great casino, including a mobile option too.
RTG also provided US slots players with a brand new slot and Megasaur came along to provide a superb dinosaur theme with a huge amount of fearsome features and a progressive jackpot. Rival Gaming were also making waves on the slots releases front with their new Vintage Vegas slots which is to be released early September and serves up 5 reels and 50 paylines of old school Vegas fun. Bovada mobile casino added one of their proprietary slots to the mobile portfolio with Dirty Martini now available to enjoy on the go and that was added to at the end of August with the addition of Under the Bed mobile slots, a superb Betsoft offering that has been optimized for mobile play.
There was no such great news coming out of Atlantic City and sadly the new Revel Casino announced that it would be closing it doors, adding to the woes of the struggling New Jersey resort, however there was better news in land based gambling being heard from Maryland as the Baltimore Horseshoe opened its doors meaning that Maryland now boasts five great casinos.
The summer months tend to be a little slower on the news front in the world of online casino action, however this July we saw quite a bit happening on all fronts, and in fact we saw the launch of two new US facing casino brands of Gibson Casino and Sahara Sands, both of which being powered by Rival Gaming. It was a big month for the online slots and casino games development company Betonsoft too who announced a rebranding and a new name, and moving forward they will be known as Saucify, however that didn’t stop them from having time to release a brand new 5 reel slot in the shape of the rock n rock 1950’s themed Reelin and Rockin. We also heard news of a new Betsoft slot called Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and those slots just kept on coming with the great new travel themed Arrow’s Edge slot of Around the World which launched first at the great Gossip Slots Casino. The safari themed slot Lions Roar was also launched by Rival Gaming and became available in Slotocash Casino, who as usual provided players with a large bonus deal with which to enjoy it. Speaking of casino bonuses we saw a massive amount of free cash handed out on and around July 4th for Independence Day promotions with almost all US friendly casinos providing their players with plenty extra.
It was a bad month for land based gaming in New Jersey as after the Showboat Casino announced its closure the Trump Plaza did the same as revenues continue to fall in Atlantic City, with little hope for a quick turn around. There was in fact plenty of talk regarding the building of casinos outside of Atlantic City, and rounding up land based news, a total of 17 applications were filed for licenses to build the proposed casinos in New York State.
June 2014 saw the World Cup 2014 kickoff in Brazil and many US online slots development companies got right into the swing of things by releasing soccer themed online slots. Real Time Gaming were of course out of the blocks fast and they brought their new slot to market early in the month with Football Frenzy slots hitting many RTG casinos including Grand Fortune casino, who also provided a stunning $20,000 World Cup promotion. WGS also entered the fray and released the great Super Soccer Slots at Liberty Casino and Jackpot Capital joined the summer soccer party and until mid July will be running their World Cup Kit promo. Last but not least Top Game launched the great 5 reel Religion of Champions - Brazil and that colorful affair can be enjoyed at Spartan Slots.
It wasn’t all about the soccer however and in other developments the awesome Slotocash Casino got a massive makeover bringing it right up to date with a whole new user interface and such as great new look, and in mobile casino news we were informed that Grand Parker Casino was soon to be launching their mobile casino which will be available for both iOS and Android mobile devices.
Finally, June also saw developments in the world of Bitcoin casinos and the all new Bitcoin slots tournaments were rolled out at the fantastic BitStars casino. These tourneys are slots tourneys with a difference, they last the whole month and all prizes are of course awarded in Bitcoin. That was the month of June and although it was dominated by the World Cup, that actually turned out to be a good thing as usually there’s a little downturn in casino promotions and slots releases during the summer, however the biggest soccer show on earth changed all that....for the better!
The US mobile juggernaut just keeps on rolling and in some style as the two largest US mobile slots development companies both launched brand new mobile slots in the month of May 2014. Real Time Gaming completed the optimization process for their extremely impressive 5 reel slot Ocean Oddities and the minute that it was completed it became available in all quality RTG powered mobile casinos, such as Uptown Aces USA Casino and Lucky Red, and not to be left behind the awesome development company Betsoft pitched in with their own release. Betsoft launched the graphically superb Good Girl Bad Girl mobile slots and what a fantastic job they did as this classic battle of good vs evil plays wonderfully at Betsoft mobile casinos such as Bovada and Slots.LV. May was not all about mobile gaming however and desktop casinos were provided with the goods too.
Liberty Slots, the great US online casino launched the new 5 reel slot Amazing 7’s that looks and plays like a classic 3 reel slot with traditional style symbols that have been given a modern twist, and to celebrate the coming of the World Cup 2014 RTG were at it again and delivered the new soccer themed feature rich slot Football Frenzy which allows you to play in 2 different modes and packs in the wins. The awesome Betonsoft also delivered a new online slots called Reel Extreme, an extreme sports themed slot which provides a super adrenaline burst of fun, and that can be found at the great Slotter Casino.
In the world of US regulated online gaming, it’s been 6 months since the launch of online casinos and poker in the state of New Jersey, and things are not going exactly as planned. The revenue streams are not what they were expected to be, as NJ online casinos are still facing difficulty in processing payments.
April was the month of US mobile casinos with the launch of a whole heap of new mobile casinos that caused more than just a little buzz. The leading US online slots and games development company hit the turbo charge button on the mobile development process and we found ourselves in a bit of a conundrum as to which fantastic new mobile casino to spin the reels at. Lucky Red Casino, High Noon, All Star Slots, Manhattan Slots, Aladdin’s Gold and Club World all went mobile with a staggering amount of mobile slots on offer along with the welcome bonuses from their respective desktop casinos available for you to enjoy on all mobile devices. It’s been a while coming but April finally delivered the mobile goods that many US players have been waiting for and although great Betsoft powered mobile casinos such as Bovada and Slots.LV have been with us for a while, the RTG offering now really boosts the choice, and lets the battle of the bonuses commence! It wasn’t all about mobile slots and casinos however as we also saw the release of the outstanding new Mystic Wolf slots that can be found at Slots Capital casino and others.
March 2014 saw the release of the wonderful RTG slot Shark School that gives us a comical look at a bunch of terrified fish in a classroom full of big bad sharks. It’s funny, it provides great graphics and is definitely one to put on your playlist, and it can be found in all quality RTG casinos such as Desert Nights casino. There was also the long awaited launch of the new Net Entertainment slot Wild Water which provides the usual quality graphics and animations along with a cool surfing theme. March saw the beginning of the slightly better weather in the US and with that came a small seasonal downturn in regulated US online gambling as expected.
February was a mixed month in the world of gambling, as Nevada and Atlantic City land based casinos saw poor revenue and online operations in both New Jersey and Nevada failed to make serious headway. Problems continue with processing credit cards in both states and it’s no wonder that Neteller has been introduced as a payment option, while many land based casinos in New Jersey are now offering their own prepaid card solution in an attempt to solve that particular ongoing issue. In the US online gambling sector, slots players were in for a slew of new releases as plenty of great new slots were added to various US online casinos. The Winter Olympic themed Golden Reels was launched by WGS and can be found at Miami Club Casino among others, and Betsoft launched the impressive Good Girl Bad Girl as part of their Slots3 Series, however the biggest news came with the launch of the fantastic RTG slot Orc Vs Elf. Orc Vs Elf delivers a stunning slots adventure experience that really raised the bar and show what can really be done with a slot when a little imagination and a whole lot of creativity are used. This awesome slot really does mix things up and push the boundaries of fantasy gaming and slots play, and we suggest that you check that one out.
January 2014 Update
Whilst all is business as usual in the world of US online casinos, there have been a few happenings on the poker front. Recently the New Jersey application deadline for companies wishing to do business in the regulated poker market in the state closed. A total of 37 companies applied for licenses with 10 out of the 12 Atlantic City casinos all 'opting in'. In California there are 3 online poker bills in circulation at the moment, however rumor has it that none will have the required backing to make it very far, and there's also a new federal online poker bill that is hoping for a little backing. There was also a little Bitcoin news in August as a US judge stated that the currency was actually 'real money' and we await to see what impact, if any, that has on US online gaming.
2013 has started off much better than the past two years in that we have many more online casinos for US players. Thus, the chart below indicates the top US casinos along with their welcome bonuses and highlights. But even with this good news, US states are still debating the issue as are online casinos throughout the world. Below is the list of the online casinos accepting US players that we highly recommend and list as our top ten. While the legal status of online gambling in the USA is still in a state of flux, we are constantly updating and providing news reports as to the status of online gambling. However, we are ever hopeful that online gambling will become a reality for those states that are still having an issue with it.
If you have been watching TV lately, you will note that there have been several commercials promoting online casinos in New Jersey. Well, things must be going quite well as there is some news to report. Lawmakers in New Jersey have just introduced a bill that you allow online gambling to be expanded to other states and countries. This is big news because originally, only bets could be made from New Jersey residents. No doubt, these two lawmakers have seen the writing on the wall and dollar signs have been multiplying. Thus, the bill would allow New Jersey to partner with other states and countries, where online gambling is legal, to allow them to access the more than 15 gambling sites run by the Atlantic City Casinos. The first hurdle, however, would require that processors of payments get a license so that the financial institutions would allow credit cards to be used. As you know, this has become a problem of late. Banks still are gun-shy, so to speak, in allowing US players to use credit cards to find their online casino accounts. However, this bill may be the straw that breaks the “banks’” back and give them the wherewithal to finally process online casino payments. We’ll keep you apprised as to the determination of this bill and its outcome.
Update: April 14, 2013
Illinois: A legislator wants to include legalizing online gambling in a bill that would expand state land-based gambling. He is being met with a great deal of resistance. However, he is being supported by outside sources, i.e., investors who are pushing for regulated online gambling. One investment company just released a study in which it found that by the year 2020, online gambling in the US will become one of the largest businesses - equalling or surpassing those in New York and New Jersey. Figures show that online gambling could become a $10 billion dollar industry by 2020.
Update: April 3, 2013
Pennsylvania: The bill that was intended to be put up for a vote will be introduced in the next two weeks. As you know, the legislator who wrote the bill calling for the intra-state gambling law pulled it back for further consideration after discussion with other legislators in the state.
Washington State: Although the state is utterly opposed to online gambling, a legislator there will not only lobby other legislators in his state, but is also considering putting this on the ballot in November.
Update: March 22, 2013
Pennsylvania: We reported earlier that a legislator from Pennsylvania was ready to introduce a bill to legalize online gambling.
Unfortunately, the bill never got to the floor. The problem continues to be the Republicans, who are against such legislation.
Illinois: A similar bill legalizing online gambling in this state has also been stalled.
Update: March 14, 2013
Pennsylvania: Even though the Republican Congress may put the cabash on legalizing online gambling statewide, a new bill was introduced for intra-state gambling in Pennsylvania yesterday, as reported here. The bill was put before the House Gaming Oversight Committee in Harrisburg. It is here that it must be approved before moving on to the House for a full vote.
Update: March 13, 2013
News has just emerged that Senator Reid is looking to federalize online gambling. After several attempts to bring such a bill to the floor, this one apparently looks promising as more and more states are passing such
legislation, thus forcing the powers that be to finally deal with this issue.
A Pennsylvania state legislator is in the process of introducing a bill that would legalize online gambling in that state. However, Republicans in the House are looking to quash such a bill when it comes up for a vote next week.
In Iowa, an online gambling bill has been defeated. So too, in Hawaii, an attempt to even bring up this matter in the legislator has failed.
Update: February 28, 2013
Governor Christie has signed the online gambling bill for New Jersey. It will go into effect within the next nine months.
Updates: February 26, 2013
Massachusetts legislator has offered a bill for the legalization of online gambling. The state of Washington has reaffirmed not to.
An online gambling bill has been signed by the Governor of Nevada, despite Congress' unwillingness to act.
We are awaiting Governor Christie to sign a new onling gambling bill by the end of this week.
A Brief History: The UIGEA Law
As you may remember, the enforcement of the UIGEA Law of 2006 caused many online casinos for US players to leave the market in 2011. Add to this Black Friday, in which the Justice Department shut down many poker sites, added fuel to the fire and resulted in chaos. US Congressman Barney Frank, now retired, had tried to push a bill to legalize online gambling, but due to the "no" policy of the Republicans, the bill never saw the light of day. Consequently, individual states began tackling this problem and while some states pretty much stuck to their guns, other states realized that the revenue from this action would be beneficial to their ever sinking economy. So one by one, states are now reconsidering online gambling and are taking these measures up within the state legislatures. Even some of the most popular land-based casinos have come around and either have instituted their own online gambling and/or support the measure. It remains to be seen of the Congress will take up this bill, but it is clear that online gambling can be a source of millions of dollars for states that are looking to improve their economic downfall. To give you an idea of just how volatile this topic is, we have listed below the lates news from states that are bringing this topic to the forefront. We have also included European countries that are wrestling with the same problem.
We will continue to update you on the actions taken.
The Latest News Re the Legalization of Online Gambling in the USA and Abroad
Mississippi has once again failed to vote for a bill that would have allowed for intra-state gambling online.
The legislators in Nevada are now considering a bill that would allow online operators who are licensed to accept payments from players who live in other jurisdictions.
After Governor Christie vetoed the first online gambling bill, movement has been made. Even though he vetoed the second bill, word is that Christie will sign the latest bill if certain requirements are met, and the state legislator reportedly are getting very close to meeting these requirements.
A bill has been introduced to allow for intra-state gambling in Pennsylvania.
The Court has ruled in favor of blacklisting websites of those online gambling operators who operate without a license.
The gambling authority in Spain has given clearance to those operators who wish to implement online gambling.
Leave it to the Italians to know a good thing when they see it. It has been reported that IGT is partnering with iSoftBet for the online gambling market in Italy. And as if this isn’t already good news, iSoftBet will combine its gaming portfolio with the WagerWorks slot games of IGT.
And the Beat Goes On!
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had universal online gambling? Now that’s a concept every US state and every country should be discussing. Maybe it's just a pipe dream, but we do believe that at some point the US Congress will pass sweeping legislation that will add much needed revenue in the form of online gambling. In the meantime, we will report how each state tackles this issue and bring that news to you.
Online Gambling Status by StateTo figure out implications of the gambling laws in your state please refer to Gambling Law US website or local authorities if you are in doubt.
States with no restrictions
States with restrictions