How to Stop Underground Casinos in NYC

by | Oct 22, 2019 | Entertainment

There is something about gambling that endears itself to humans. Some people live for the rush that comes with risking money in exchange for the chance to win a whole lot more. Gambling has existed for centuries in a number of different forms. While online casinos may be the dominant form of gambling today, there is still a place in this world for old school land-based casinos. 

Unfortunately, gambling isn’t legal everywhere. You can find casinos scattered all over the United States, but there are laws in place that prohibit wide-scale gambling. New York is one of the states that has started to take a more progressive approach to gamble legalization, but they aren’t quite there yet. While plenty of players like to get their betting fix via the internet these days, some still choose to participate in underground operations. 

How can underground casinos be stopped in NYC for good? 

Legalize Online Casinos

As it stands, legal gambling options are very limited in New York. Lawmakers have tried and failed to legalize different forms of gambling, including sports betting, over the years. The smartest way to eliminate illegal underground casinos would be to legalize online and land-based gambling on a broad scale.

While New York has still not exactly taken a liberal approach when it comes to promoting gambling legislation, there are still a handful of legal New York online casinos available to local players. You will also find a number of land-based casinos populating the state, several of which are located near racetracks. There are several other casinos that can be found on various Indian Reservations. So, while the state’s government may be hesitant to legalize full-scale casino gaming, there are still legal ways to bet if you’re in New York.

There is no clear-cut way to completely vaporize the entire illegal gambling problem facing New York. However, I do believe the best way to try and crack down on such operations would be to legalize gambling on a much wider scale. New York cannot afford to continue to let neighboring states be more progressive in that regard. 

Giving underground casino patrons a legal alternative to underground operations is a natural first step toward fixing the problem. Fortunately, it seems as though it is only a matter of time until New York starts to take steps toward full-scale gambling legalization.

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