I was on a casino review site doing some research.
On their advertising page they said that they could only accept advetising. They stated they could not participate in affiliate programs of casinos since they are located in the US.
I know that Online Casinos are illegal in the US. So does that mean participating in an affiliate program with them thet you earn a percentage of their earnings is illegal too if you are a US company?
Do those online casinos accept US bettors? The regulations covering online gambling are still open to interpretation, but basically they can't operate in the US (although they might be registered in the US), and can't accept or solicit US customers.
I don't think they target US customers. There advertising is usually has a pretty broad range. But I can pretty much guarantee you that they all accept anyones credit card no matter where they are. There is just too much gambling dollars in the US.
I guess since most operate in countries that protect them that they figure that they are ok.
But I am in the US and operate out of it. So would me participating in their affiliate programs that pay a percentage of the profits be illegal or gray area?
I'd just stay away from the whole thing...some of these are major scams and even if you found a "reliable" one, I'd still shy away from it...gambling online is something I simply stay away from...it's got the wrong attitude entirely, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a company you could "trust"...
If there's any risk involved in possibly engaging in illegal activity, then I recommend staying away from it totally.
It's an interesting issue that's worth further research. It's illegal if you "knowingly" link to illegal sites/materials or if you "should have known" the sites you link to are illegal while linking to them. However, nowadays casino affiliates programs are growing popular at legitimate companies such as Commission Junction. And needless to say, all the ad networks out there carry gaming ads of some sort. So, does serving gaming ads from, say, Flycast, Burst, etc, make your site illegal since in a way it's providing links to illegal content (if online casinos remain illegal)? I guess there's no clear-cut answer and the regulations are still changing, but this issue certainly is worth some thoughts.