Online Poker in Nevada Could Increase VPN Usage
The gambling industry has been important to the economy of Nevada for a very long time. According to a story in the LA Times, Nevada has decided to enact a law that allows the creation of a licensing and regulatory regime for online poker establishments.
Online gambling has been controversial in the United States for several years now. The Department of Justice had initially held that the Wire Act of 1961 band all types of Internet gambling, according to the article, but is now revising that opinion. According to the article, the Department of Justice has recently announced that it considers that act to focus on sports betting, which may mean that it is legal to play online poker in the United States.
Do Borders Matter?
For decades, people have flocked to Las Vegas to take advantage of the legal gambling in Nevada. With online poker, obviously, one doesn’t have to travel to a particular location to engage in some betting. In fact, using VPN services, some people already use online poker establishments located in other nations where there VPN service provides an endpoint and online gambling is legal.
If online gambling is legalized in the United States, it would mean that anybody would be able to log on to a casino in Nevada and engage in a little bit of poker. Currently, however, Congress hasn’t passed any laws regarding online gambling, though it has been brought up as a hot topic in the recent past. According to the article, the regulations that Nevada is proposing would be close to the same regulations that would apply if you were gambling in person in the state. The big difference is going to be that you don’t have to be in the state and, in fact, with a VPN service, your computer doesn’t need to be in the state either.
When somebody logs into a VPN server, their IP address is set by the VPN server to which they are attached. This is how people get around geo-restrictions on content, such as television shows from the BBC and so forth. In the future, if online poker is legalized in Nevada, it may mean that VPN providers will be very keen to add servers in that state. With an endpoint located in Nevada, presumably, online gambling would be available, even if you were technically located in a state that didn’t allow it. How this will all be sorted out legally remains to be seen.