How do I know if an internet gambling app has a license?

gambling commissions usa

It’s important to only play with licensed online operators; the biggest reason is your consumer safety. If you feel wronged by the casino or sportsbook, you will have more rights and help to resolve it with a local license.

What does this mean? Well, let’s say the operator doesn’t pay out your winnings.

If you gamble with an off-shore operator, you have taken your business outside of America, and the operator’s license country will define your case’s outcome.

In the case of a local American license, the operator is regularly audited by the state to confirm that all gambling is fair.

Furthermore, the locally licensed operator must also follow American consumer safety laws, including that the operator cannot trick you with promotions or fraudulent offers.

The consequences would be severe if an American operator did not pay out one of their players.

Gambling with a local license also helps your local state with different causes like education, homelessness, and tourism. Depending on the state, it can be a percentage of the operator’s tax revenue to go to schools or build shelters for homeless people.

Playing on a local operator guarantees that some of your money goes back into your state.

It’s a completely different story when gambling online with foreign operators. A crypto casino based in Curaçao cannot protect you or try to benefit your community.

Playing offshore from the United States is also illegal because of the risks involved.

So, with all this in mind, remember that all states in the US treat gambling differently. Some states allow sportsbooks, other states allow casinos, and some states no online gambling. Make sure to visit your local state’s webpage regularly to see current and new operators licensed for gambling online.

Licenses by States

In New Jersey, is updated daily by the NJDGE (New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement) with allowed internet gaming sites in NJ. Each operator is tied to a land-based property. You can connect the dots on this government site.

In Michigan, is updated regularly by the MCGB (Michigan Control Gaming Board). Go to “Licensed Internet Gaming Providers” to view a document that shows which operators have a license in MI.

In Indiana, is regularly updated by the IGC (Indiana Gaming Commission) with licensed casinos in the state and their audit history. You can see all licensed sports operators in IN by clicking “List of Current Sports Wagering Licensees” at the bottom of this page.

In Tennessee, is updated often and displays all licensed operators with the Tennessee Sports Wagering Advisory Council.

The gambling commissions request the highest quality regarding player safety, responsible gambling guidelines, and more. The license will always determine the trustworthiness of a website. You will feel safe and protected if you choose a licensed gambling site.

Indeed, for other states, visit your government’s gaming commission for more information. If you struggle to find information about your state or feel unsure, please contact us. At Online Gamblers we are happy to guide you to local and legal!

Latest News

Show all news

Betr Moves Closer to Maryland Launch with Initial License Approval

Learn about Betr getting an initial approval for Maryland sports betting license, its challenges and expansion plans. Click here for more!


New York Lawmakers Push Prop Bets for Fantasy Sports Revenue

Read how New York lawmakers are considering legalizing prop bets for fantasy sports to enhance state revenue and curb illegal gambling.


DraftKings’ Micro-Betting Expansion with Simplebet Rumors

Check out the latest rumor swirling around the sports betting world: DraftKings may be on the verge of acquiring Simplebet. Click here!

Liga Tarasova has a history of quality assurance and leading teams in an outsourcing company. Currently, she is working remotely as an Editor in Chief for She stands for fair and safe gambling for people in the USA. Not long ago, she lived in Malta, the global iGaming hub, and worked at an iGaming company offering cloud-based product and platform services to B2B partners. Liga’s passion is visual arts and interior design.