Skill vs Chance - Defining Gambling in America

In order to understand the American view on gambling, which appears extremely conservative from a non-American perspective, it is important to understand that American political culture contains a deeply held and often unstated puritan assumption that gambling in any form is immoral and ought to be illegal. Gambling is the combination of price, chance, and reward, but what is chance and how much of it can be present before a game will be considered gambling in the United States?

In the present UIGEA climate in the United States, and with the sector’s increasing shift of interest towards games of skill, it is worthwhile to go back and review the American law on the balance between skill and chance.

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