U.S. Law Prohibits Access for U.S. Players to Caesars Online

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

In 2009, Harrah's Entertainment launched an e-casino with Caesars online. As of 2010, the website wasn't available to players in the U.S. or Germany. While online gambling pulled in an estimated $6 billion from U.S. gamblers in 2005, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act restricts legal access to it. One of the primary reasons for the federal law is to protect the rights of states that have outlawed gambling. In order to fulfill this regulation, Harrah's can only offer Caesars online to offshore players.

Online casinos like Caesars online usually work by allowing a player the ability to download software directly onto his computer. He can use the software to create an online account, which becomes a record of his name, home address, date of birth, and other identifying information. After setting up an account, a gamer can access an e-wallet, which allows him or her to deposit actual funds into the account. Caesars online works with a variety of currencies, including pounds and dollars. Typically, online casinos set up e-wallets through offshore accounts.

While the setup works well for many countries, there are several reasons the U.S. government prohibits it. The first reason is the temptation easy access to gambling may cause for compulsive gamblers. The virtual nature of an online environment also makes it impossible for the gaming company to physically verify a gambler's age. While Caesars online has an upstanding reputation, the law serves to protect U.S. citizens from companies that might defraud gamblers by such practices as outright theft or rigging the odds. The final major concern for online gambling is the potential operators have to launder money. Until such time as the U.S. government revises or eliminates the act, U.S. gamblers will have to wait for an international vacation to enjoy Caesars online.

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