Online gambling became popular in the 1990s, and seemed to be a way to bypass government control. By establishing businesses in offshore jurisdictions, online gambling operators could legally accept bets from anyone with a computer and Internet access. Moreover, anyone with a credit card could easily access these sites and place wagers. In response, Congress and the Department of Justice began exploring possible rules for the industry.
Online gambling regulations include the Online Gambling Regulation Act 2001 (OGRA), which sets the rules for the industry. Under the OGRA, a gambling operator can be shut down if their license is in violation of the law. The Act also contains a provision for the Gambling Supervision Commission to revoke an operator’s license for non-compliance with the law.
However, not all Internet gamblers attribute their problems to online gambling. Although nearly half of problem gamblers attribute their problems to Internet gambling, researchers suggest that the problem could be a result of an underlying mental health problem. It is also important to note that most studies on Internet gambling are cross-sectional, and self-reporting data are subject to bias.
Gambling online requires customers to be at least 21 years of age. Online gambling sites offer a variety of games on mobile devices, and they offer secure payment methods. They also provide customer support for players.