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The answer to the question of whether a particular activity is legal or not is a complex question requiring research into Federal and State statutes, regulations, enforcement actions and the decisions of State and Federal judges on the issue.

In addition, it needs a keen sense of understanding of the customer’s business.

An extract of a mail exchanged with a customer highlights this:

The law changed in Illinois on the 14th of October, for online bets on "RACING". Bingo is not within the ambit of this change. 230 ILCS 40/ - Video Gaming Act, made Video Gaming legal in Illinois earlier this year, but not online bingo.

Please find enclosed the extract from Illinois.

Be careful about your terms and conditions, even though we have researched the issue in depth, we found much contradiction in the law, with the Department of Justice categorizing all online betting as illegal and the UIGEA creating further issues. Most credit card companies refuse to deal with payments into online gambling accounts, and typically, providers have to use services like e-passport or prepaid visa. All of these restrictions reflect on the terms and conditions.

No matter which provider you choose for your terms and conditions, at the very least, compare what you receive with other online bingo sites and their terms & conditions.


Comparative Research

The legal research team at Zeta Intelex recently turned around an interesting comparative legal research project on gaming laws in the US. The question involved online gaming, a relatively new field of law that laces together general Federal gambling law, Federal gambling law specific to the type of gambling being considered, general online gambling law which includes complicated and bordering-on-ambiguous interactions between Federal and State laws on online gambling, and laws specific to the type of online gambling being considered. The question at hand required that Federal and State statutes, regulations, enforcement actions & the decisions of State and Federal judges on the issue, all be consulted. In addition, following our market making idea of 2009 for US comparative legal research, our team directly wrote to State level regulators, and adjusted findings, based on their responses. Our legal research team has so far been fortunate in landing complex, licensure level legal research. We find that our strategy of consulting regulators directly pays handsome rewards. We’ve had replies that create context where none was assumed, and often, regulators are able to add a very perceptive one line or two line insight that changes how we view that law.