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Advertising online gambling in the US legal?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by darkface, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. darkface

    darkface Senior Member

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    Hey guys,

    I found a way to advertise online casinos and online gambling over google adwords and yahoo and so on. I am actually getting the clicks for rly high search keywords like "casino" for only 20 cents per click.

    Now my question is, is this actually legal? I mean I know it is against TOS but that is not law. But is it legal to advertise gambling in the US over the internet or could I get sued for that?
     
  2. GreenHustler

    GreenHustler Junior Member

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    I think each state has different laws regarding online gambling, but I don't know about the legitimacy of advertising it.

    My advice - don't go by what people say on an internet forum. Everyone will act like they're a lawyer and in the know, but lots of misinformation is spread this way. Do your own research or contact a solicitor.
     
  3. kurkapan

    kurkapan Regular Member

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    advertising online gambling in the us is promoting it , which makes you a solicitor to a criminal enterprise, money laundering and a ton of other charges that many online casinos get from the US. the thing is will they pursue you or not. 2-3 weeks ago they even charged a credit card processor with a ton of charges making around 1000-2000 years of prison if found guilty. lol
     
  4. darkface

    darkface Senior Member

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    Thanks, that is enough information for me to stop promoting it straight away. I guess it is a bit too dangerous for me.
     
  5. hitman247

    hitman247 Executive VIP Premium Member

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    Google: UGIEA. This will give you the low-down on what you need to know. Some states have taken it a step further and made things like online poker a felony. I have been an online poker player for more than five years and this past year, I have been playing professionally. I have several websites related to poker and casinos, and I am in the middle of negotiating a deal with a new online poker site to be a sponsored pro.

    Promoting/playing for an online gaming site is vastly different than OWNING the site which is illegal according the UGIEA.

    A GREAT resource for this topic is Gambling Portal Webmaster Association (GPWA) - http://www.gpwa.org/

    If you have anymore questions, feel free to PM me or leave them on a thread and I will answer them. There is a lot of money in online gaming, so I wouldn't be so quick to abandon it just yet.
     
  6. inumel

    inumel Senior Member

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    hit man basically hit the nail on the head. Its a difference from Owning the Website which can be illegal depending where its located, than promoting it and playing it. They aren't going to pursue you if you are just a affiliate promoting the website but if you are involve with extreme black hat method's to obtain player's then you are pretty much screwed.
     
  7. darkface

    darkface Senior Member

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    That sounds interesting. I think I will take a bit more of a look into
     
  8. wickid12

    wickid12 Regular Member

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    I think it's okay to promote overseas products and then claim the audience was not targeted.
     
  9. darkface

    darkface Senior Member

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    But how can I claim that the audience was not targetted when for example my yahoo account is targetted to USA / Canada. It is hard to claim that i didn't target at least one of both.
     
  10. wickid12

    wickid12 Regular Member

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    You can say it was a SEO strategy to get traffic to your site. Advertising your site should be okay.