Interesting Laws about Casino PayoutsPublished November 25, 2004 by OCR Editor
You've probably already seen online casino payout rates posted at your favorite gambling spot on the net. These rates refer to the percentage of money that the casinos pay out to the player.
There are several 3rd party organizations that work independently from the online casinos themselves and these companies are in the business of verifying the authenticity of the numbers. They are given access to private financial data as well as the coding of the random number generator for the casino software and they check for fair gaming, verify the payout rates and issue a certificate saying that the site is operating a legitimate business.
So even though the casino operating a clean business there are still laws set up to try to prevent people from playing at them. There are some interesting laws that affect players from the past. For instance one player was charged for winning money online due to an old North Dakota law that states: "to engage in gambling on private premises where the total amount wagered by an individual player exceeds $500 per individual hand, game, or event. The question is whether an online casino can be considered a private property since it only exists in cyber space and not a physical building.
In 1952 Congress created a special tax, which acted like a trap for bookies who did not pay tax. They were charged with tax evasion. Bookies who did pay tax were charged with violating federal anti-gambling laws. The U.S. Supreme Court knocked that out as a violation of the Fifth Amendment's protection against self-incrimination.