Online Gambling in Washington
Online Gambling involves placing bets at web-based gambling sites. The sites provide a variety of games and offer free play to give new players a chance to practice before betting real money.
Gambling on the Internet is illegal in Washington and carries penalties under the Gambling Act. The law makes it a class C felony to engage in online gambling. The law defines gambling as staking something of value as consideration, on the outcome of a contest of chance or a future event or upon the agreement that a prize will be awarded in the event of a certain outcome.
The law also prohibits online gambling as a means to evade taxation. Federal laws against online gambling have been challenged on a variety of constitutional grounds, including questions about Congress’s power to regulate commerce, the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech, and the Due Process Clause’s requirement that government agencies must provide adequate notice and opportunity for a hearing.
Credit Cards for Online Gambling
Many regulated online casinos accept payment through credit and debit cards. These cards are backed by major financial institutions and issuers. They are issued under a code that lets the credit card issuer distinguish transactions with a merchant or a bank account from other types of transactions.
E-Wallets for Online Gambling
The most common e-wallet in the United States is PayPal, which accepts deposits and withdrawals from most online gambling sites. However, some online casino sites do not accept this method of payment because it requires an additional login to your PayPal account.