For decades the United States was the nerve centre of international gaming with Las Vegas leading closely followed by Atlantic City. Surpassed by Macau and Singapore, the American casinos are finding it difficult to face up to the Asian competition and are looking to diversify by offering their services on the internet. So it may happen that online games could be legalised quite quickly in the United States and that online casinos, online poker and sports betting may be legally available to players living in the United States (see the article Online casinos await a new law in the United States). Some states see gaming as a means of recovering financially and so plan to legalise online gaming so as to impose exorbitant taxes since millions of players in the United States and in the whole world love gaming. However some “anti-gambling” groups oppose the opening up of this market which could significantly increase the number of players addicted to gambling.
Before George Bush Junior banned online gaming, many online casinos in particular those using Playtech and Microgaming software offered slot machines and other traditional games. Nowadays in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis, the states are searching by any means to find solutions to increase the state income: some are opening land based casinos and others are hoping for the legalisation of online casinos.