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is it illegal for an ohio resident to gamble online at bod

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is it illegal for an ohio resident to gamble online at bodog.com
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  RobertJDFL replied 7 years ago.

Thank you for your question.

 

Ohio does not have any specific laws that speak directly to online gaming at this time. In fact, only Michigan, Illinois, Louisiana, Oregon, Wisconsin, Washington, Indiana, Nevada, New York, New Jersey and South Dakota have such laws on the books. Although these states do have specific laws pertaining to online gaming, charges are almost never filed against individuals. Courts in Ohio have also not yet addressed the question of whether it is illegal for someone in Ohio to sit in front of a computer and wager in a jurisdiction where it may still be legal. Also, currently, there is no federal law that prohibits online gambling in the United States. So, for the time being, you have nothing to fear.

 

Good luck to you. If you have any additional questions, please press the reply button, and I will be happy to assist you further.

 

 

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
so as of now there is no reason to be concerned about gambling online and winning and receiving a check in the amount of approx 16,000. And since there are no laws currently, my job should be safe. I never thought about this possibly being illegal until I won. Now I'm freaking out and didn't know what to do.
Expert:  RobertJDFL replied 7 years ago.

Wow, you did well, congrats. I've never known anyone to win serious money with those sites.

 

Can I absolutely guarantee that nothing bad will happen-of course not. However, there are no laws, either federal or state, that prohibit what you are doing at this point and time, so the chance of something happening is very, very, very, remote. The U.S. government isn't interested in the small time players sitting at their computers placing bets, but at the operators of the companies themselves; in fact, there are some sites that no longer accept players from the U.S. thanks in no small part to the pressure exerted by the federal government.

 

You may want to consult with a tax lawyer or accountant about those winnings, since you may have to report the earnings as taxable income next year.

 

 

Good luck to you. If you have any additional questions, please press the reply button, and I will be happy to assist you further.

 

 

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