Online gambling has become in vogue because people don’t have to leave the comfort of their home or travel far. Also, it can provide anonymity to some extent.
In the state of Idaho, gambling has had an interesting history. In the early 20th century, gambling– in physical places, granted– was very legal and popular. It was under the purview of local governments in Idaho, not the state government and led to a flourishing of clubs and casinos. By the mid-20th century however, gambling in Idaho was declared illegal, although this would eventually change, reverting back to how it used to be– and more.
Idaho now has a lottery system, along with legalized online gambling. It is legal more so in the sense that no laws have been enacted than in the sense that something has actually been done. Since Idaho hasn’t created regulations for companies operating within Idaho, gamblers much use sites from other states or categories, as in outside Idaho.
The state of Idaho has no commercialized casinos; there are only Native American tribal casinos insofar as casinos go.
Nevertheless, it should be pretty easy for someone from Idaho to register and play on an online gambling site. Technically, it is illegal to participate in online gambling or poker in Idaho, but no one has gotten arrested or incurred large penalties.
In fact, Idaho is known for having relatively few penalties for operating illegal gambling or wagering businesses. It is a misdemeanor in written state law to engage in prohibited gambling, although there is a fine line between what is legal and what is not. Much has not been clarified in terms of legality.
Many don’t think that online gambling will become legal in the state for the foreseeable future. Idaho’s Republican Representative Vito Barbieri, commented to the Idaho Reporter, “I don’t think it [widespread legalized gambling] is possible in Idaho, at least not in the present environment. I would look at it closely to see if it would be something that I would support. But I don’t see, at least for this coming session, that popping up. It seems to me there are too many other issues right now that have got the Legislature pretty much involved and I don’t think that online gambling is going to be something that will come up this session.”
It should be noted that contests and other events that take place that don’t require consideration out of the playerare not considered part of this ban.
So the lesson of the story is that if you are gambling in Idaho, you should be careful. It isn’t legal and there is a decent chance of you getting into trouble. Safe gambling!