So you are on a cross country bus. The trip is going to take you several hours, but luckily the bus comes equipped with both WiFi and power outlets so that you can spend those hours entertaining yourself on the phone. Your entertainment of choice is to enter an online poker tournament with hopes that you will arrive at your destination with a few more dollars in your pocket than your departure state. However, you are going to travel through at least two states where online wagering is not legal. Does this mean that while in two states you are a criminal? There are the questions that still remain with regards to online gambling.
Mobile gambling is the real issue that needs to be resolved with regards to the future of online gambling. If we still lived in a world where on the Internet was confined to consoles at desks the state to state issue would not be a problem. It is easy to track what location a computer is operating from and grant and deny access as necessary. However, when people have the ability to access online gaming on the go there has to be some sort of federal law in place the protects people or at leasts guides the industry. The other question is that of taxes. If the person on the bus wins a few hands as they travel through these states, to which states do they owe taxes to? All of this will have to be sorted out before online gambling goes mainstream in the United States.