Legal online gambling vs. offshore sites
Now, the information we just gave you about the available online gambling sites in Alaska might not make much sense to you. A search on the internet reveals a very different story. Many different websites claim that there are a host of sites ready to accept wagers from Alaskans. So, why are we saying otherwise?
Well, for one thing, we cannot recommend that you commit a crime. Alaska defines a gambling offense as follows:
“A person commits the offense of gambling if the person engages in unlawful gambling.”
Furthermore, the statute defines “unlawful” as anything not specifically mentioned as legal. In other words, the default position about gambling in Alaska is that it’s against the law, and any methods in which you can do so are almost always defined as mere defenses against prosecution. So, although sites might claim that there’s nothing specific in Alaska’s law saying you can’t gamble online, it really wouldn’t take much creativity on the part of a district attorney or attorney general to think otherwise.
Unfortunately, every site that you can find for playing gambling games in Alaska is based outside of the US, and is not subject to the US legal system. Therefore, they come with several risks. If something were to go wrong between you and one of these sites, you might have very few options available for getting any kind of help. The site may advertise that it has a regulator or some other kind of oversight, but you can never be sure about how fair or effective these bodies are.
Another thing that you cannot be certain about is the level of security that these sites use to encrypt their actions and protect users’ information. Online casinos and poker rooms require you to submit your most personal details, including your banking or credit card information. Without any kind of understanding of their network security or recourse, if things go wrong, you are taking an awful risk by giving this information to the world at large.
It is undoubtedly disappointing that you cannot play from your home in Alaska. However, in this case, it is better to be safe. Otherwise, you might find yourself unacceptably sorry.