December 30th, 2010: As I write, many American online casino players will be only too well aware that IGT have a block in place on their online slots for residents of the USA. Although thisÂ means online IGT slotsÂ forÂ AmericansÂ playing for real money is not currently an option, not quite all have been blocked for free-play – more on this in a bit!
Update December 27th 2011: An early Christmas present from the DoJ saying that they no longer believe the 1961 Wire Act blocks online gambling with the exception of Sports Betting means things could start getting interesting in the US market. This effectively removes one of two barriers to online gambling legislation on a State By State basis, the other being the UIGEA which prohibits banks from allowing online gambling transactions. Will be interesting to see how this develops and I’d suggest that online slots playersÂ can look forward to aÂ rosier future, if not for a little while!Â
Details are still sketchy as to how this will pan out but it is looking increasingly likely that as we move through 2012, some of the bigger Atlantic City and Vegas casinos will set up some sort of online presence. My guess is we’ll see New Jersey (which is aready just one step away), California, Florida and New York at the very least implement some sort of measures to legalise and regulate some forms of online gambling.
When they do finally allow casino games and in particular, casino slots, to be played online you can bet your bottom dollar that IGT slots will be high on the agenda. Chances are, freeplay options will be enabed ahead of real money play but if I was a betting man – ah wait up, I am! – my money would be on many Americans being able to get their hands on IGT slots before the year is up. Americans can still play some free slots online but not generally the ones they are used to from land-basd casinos just yet.
There are however a couple of familiar IGT slots that can be played in freeplay mode online over at OnlineCasinosVegas.com. IGT’s Cleopatra slot and their incredibly popular Pharaohs Fortune slot are about the only IGT branded slots available to USA residentsÂ right now (due to the way they have been implemented by specific online casinos) and as previously mentioned, only for fun-play but the aforementioned website does have a range of slot games from other providers that are globally available.
For Americans desperate for more online casino slots choice, the Free Slots For Fun.net website also has a bunch of free slots that are accessible to players living in the USA although this selection doesn’t include IGT slots at the moment.
It might all only be for fun at the moment but watch this space!