The USA has long been an unregulated area in which offshore bookmakers and casinos made a lot of money, and most of them originated on US soil, only to be moved offshore after the UIGEA Act of 2006 that banned online gambling. It took until 2018 and the federal court ruling on PASPA for the market to start opening up.
Sportsbooks were the first and still are the first gambling vertical to open up the regulated market in the US. As far as casino gambling is concerned, there are lots of land-based casinos in the country, especially on Indian reservations. Still, online casino gambling faces much stricter regulation as different interest groups battle for exclusive access.
In late 2023, only six US states allowed online casinos to get an official license and offer their services legally: Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Rhode Island is coming up as the seventh state in 2024. In almost all cases, the online casino is attached to what is primarily a sportsbook business.
In other states, players still resort to offshore operators, as do those in regulated states, if they want a change of scenery and access to games by other providers. Almost exclusively, deposits and withdrawals to offshore casinos from the USA will be made with cryptocurrency.
Casinos regulated in other jurisdictions, such as UKGC or Malta, never accept USA players. The only casinos that do are either those licensed in one of six US states or offshore casinos with usually a Curacao ‘license’.
Crucially for live dealer players, only the regulated casinos have access to games by Evolution and the others. Offshore casinos never have live dealer sections; if they do, they aren’t worth playing as the games are proprietary and, therefore, at a very low-quality level.