Gambling has always been one of the industries which have posed a challenge to the authorities. While it has never been illegal to gamble, it has always been frowned upon by society, and moralists often pressure the government to abolish it. But then again, gambling brings in so much revenue to the taxman, that he could never fathom doing without it.
Hence, gambling is considered not illegal but a sin. Ergo, sin tax.
Enter online gambling, and the law has been thrown into complete disarray, again. Authorities the world over are having to rewrite their clauses to effectively regulate online casino gaming.
Land-based casinos were easily controllable using state or national laws. They were, for instance, only allowed to operate within a particular geographical region. Again, the authorities could easily monitor who was going into these casinos, to avoid underage gambling.
The same control cannot be employed for online casinos. Since people bet remotely, it is not easy to know who is gambling, and from where they are doing so. Governments are thus changing laws to accommodate this new-age betting model.
Many governments, e.g. the Irish authorities, are working to decriminalize gambling, to eliminate the scenario of people actively participating in an activity which is not legal. Brazil has also lifted a long-existing ban that has been in place for close to fifty years.
Rather than fight a losing battle, governments are now getting actively involved in promoting responsible gambling. Many regulators now require gaming houses to have a partnership with a responsible gaming partner. These are institutions which educate punters on the need to remain sensible when playing and help those who may have fallen into problem gambling to recover.
Sites are also required to have limitations which prevent gambling sessions from getting out of hand. Many casinos today will not allow you to increase your deposit suddenly. They will take three to four days to activate such a request, a time window in which an emotional gambler is likely to have reconsidered their decision. Authorities enhance this by offering incentives to gambling houses that do these things.