After so many decades of imposing strict laws on gambling, the city of New York has finally started taking a more tolerable outlook towards that industry.
The gambling industry has been on the rise for quite some time so it not so shocking that New York has decided to pursue this course of action. New York imposed a constitutional ban on gambling a long time ago, in the year 1821. Although this extremely restricting law lasted until the 1930s, it didn’t stop mafia from managing illegal gambling houses, most notably, the infamous Saratoga Springs casino.
Ban was lifted in 1957 when New York legalized bingo games and horse racing betting. It took more time for casinos and table games to gain a permit to operate in the city. When it became legal, it was allowed for the casinos to be built on tribal lands.
The construction of tribal casinos became a common occurrence and the number of these establishments grew over the years. Eventually, the permit for construction extended to commercial casinos as well.
Section 225.99 of the New York Penal Code states:
“Gambling qualifies as anything that involves stakes of risks of something of value to the person, whereby the outcome is determined by chance. This includes any contest, game, gaming scheme or device that is based on chance, irrespective of whether or not an element of skill is involved.”
Still, the laws related to online casino gaming are somewhat strict. Given the current expansion of gambling activities in the city, it would be no surprise if this law changes too.