The new blackjack industry in Pennsylvania casinos is going so well that casinos can’t get enough of them. Earlier in the year, a Pittsburgh casino requested permission from regulators to expand and add more blackjack tables. Today they got their answer.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has approved a plan by Rivers Casino to expand its table games and build a large ballroom that will total 15,000 square feet. The casino, located in Pittsburgh, requested that the regulatory agency allow them to add a dozen more blackjack tables in addition to four more poker tables and a few roulette tables.

According to Rivers Casino, adding the extra tables will allow them to hire 100 more employees. The casino plans to have the new tables installed and operating by the middle of March. Once the expansion is complete, Rivers will have the third-largest table games selection in the state, with 107 tables in total.

Until recently, Pennsylvania Togel Online casinos could only carry slots and other electronic games. Tables games like blackjack were banned. However, last year the legislature passed a bill allowing table games in the state’s casinos. Last July, the first table games were unveiled to much fanfare. The state’s casinos have seen sharp improvements in revenue since adding table games.

It hasn’t been sunshine and lollipops, though. Adding popular games increases visitors good and bad. Early on, cheaters seemed intent on finding out if they could beat the blackjack dealers, perhaps thinking that new dealers wouldn’t be experienced enough to spot the cheating. They were wrong. There have also been a few cases of negligent parents leaving their children in the parking lots to go play games (usually slots). Those parents have been arrested and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board banned them from all casinos.

Is online blackjack legal in the U.S.?

There has been a lot of talk lately in the United States about legalizing online gambling at a federal level. Representative Barney Frank and Senator Robert Menendez proposed legislation that would repeal the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a onetime opponent of online gambling, proposed a bill that would regulate online poker (and only the game of poker) at the federal level.

All three efforts failed. Frank’s bill passed a committee vote in the House but never received a full floor vote. Menendez’s bill never even made it that far. Reid considered attaching the online poker bill to other legislation during the lame duck session, but now it seems that won’t happen.

What does this means for blackjack players? Does that mean it’s still illegal to play online blackjack in the United States?

This may surprise you, but the answer is no. Not only that, but it has never been illegal to play online blackjack in the United States, except in the few states that ban the activity. There is not nor has there ever been a federal law that bans online gambling. UIGEA makes it illegal for financial institutions to conduct transactions involving “unlawful” online gambling. Not only does that not make anything the player does illegal, but the law never defines what forms of gambling are illegal. Therefore, UIGEA does not ban any game. It is a position held not only by me but also by the courts.

Whenever people say that online blackjack and other forms of online gambling are illegal in America, they either point to UIGEA or the Interstate Wire Act. The Wire Act, passed in 1961, prohibits using wired communications to place bets on a sporting event or contest. The courts, including the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, have ruled that the Wire Act only bans sports betting. All other forms of gambling, including casino games, are not affected by the Wire Act.

Since neither UIGEA or the Wire Act bans online blackjack, it is perfectly legal to play the game in the United States, as long as the state in which you reside doesn’t have a law banning it. Be sure to check out your local laws to be sure, but in most cases, you are not breaking the law to play the game.