Online Gambling is an activity that allows you to place a bet on a game of chance, usually over the Internet. It is legal in some countries and regulated by the law, but it can be dangerous if you do not play responsibly.
Definitions of Online Gambling and Washington State laws
“Gambling” in Washington is the act of wagering something of value, for a prize, upon the outcome of a contest or event, or upon the agreement that a prize will be awarded. This includes gambling on sports, slots, poker, roulette and other games.
Gambling over the Internet is unlawful in Washington if you do not comply with the Washington State Gambling Act.
This law applies to online casinos and lottery operators, as well as other types of gambling. It is not applicable to sports betting websites, which are regulated by the State of New Jersey.
UIGEA: The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, passed in 2006, prohibits a gambling business from accepting certain financial instruments from an individual who places a bet over the Internet if such bet is illegal under any federal or state law where the bet is placed. The statute also contains a number of elements that weed out run-of-the-mill, low-level gambling cases and entails penalties for noncompliance.
The criminal penalties for illegal Internet gambling are severe, including fines and imprisonment. In a few cases, convictions have resulted in life imprisonment. In addition, federal agencies have seized gambling businesses and their assets in several cases.