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    Question Legality of an Online Gambling Website

    My question involves business law in the state of: FL

    Is it legal to run a gambling website in the state of Florida that would cater to US residents?
    If not, is there any other state where it is legal to run a website that caters to all US residents?
    If not, is it legal to run a gambling website where there is no money being exchanged?

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Legality of an Online Gambling Website

    No
    No
    If there is no money it is just games.

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    Default Re: Legality of an Online Gambling Website

    Thank you for the succinct answer

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    Default Re: Legality of an Online Gambling Website

    You are welcome.

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    Default Re: Legality of an Online Gambling Website

    The exception would be horse racing, which legally can be bet online in 22 states. In many cases the online bets are comingled with actual on-track pools. That is especially significant for Hong Kong racing which is well regulated and has the largest betting pools in the world, something like 10 times bigger than Southern California. (In other words, you can potentially make a really BIG bet.)

    Of course this only applies if you want to bet on horsesónot if you want to run your own gambling site. The horse race sites I know about are based in Oregon, but Florida allows its residents to setup accounts on those sites.

    Also in 2013 poker and casino games were introduced in a few states but Iím less familiar with the details on that.

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    Default Re: Legality of an Online Gambling Website

    Well, except that your own statement is contradictory. You can't have a horse-racing gambling website. In fact, even setting up your own paramutual on or off-site betting is highly restricted even in states where it is legaly. You just can't build a track and start taking bets.

    The exception is actually for fantasy sports. Apparently, there were enough congressmen bribed on that issue to write an exemption.

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    Default Re: Legality of an Online Gambling Website

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    Well, except that your own statement is contradictory. You can't have a horse-racing gambling website. In fact, even setting up your own paramutual on or off-site betting is highly restricted even in states where it is legaly. You just can't build a track and start taking bets.

    The exception is actually for fantasy sports. Apparently, there were enough congressmen bribed on that issue to write an exemption.
    What is the exemption for fantasy sports? That is the type of site I'm looking into

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    Default Re: Legality of an Online Gambling Website

    Several states have made them illegal.

    Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, and Washington

    And the cost to enter that particular arena of business would be very high.

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    Default Re: Legality of an Online Gambling Website

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    Several states have made them illegal.

    Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, and Washington

    And the cost to enter that particular arena of business would be very high.
    I'm looking to create a site in a sport that doesn't currently have an existing competing site, why would the cost be high?

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    Default Re: Legality of an Online Gambling Website

    The software costs alone significant.

    26 hours ago you weren't even talking about fantasy sports. Now you think you know enough to start a website?

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