The State of Georgia also has stipulations in place for the recovery of any monies lost by any means of unlawful gambling, and those statutes are much the same as similar statutes in other states with the exception of the fact that Georgia allows six months for the filing of an action to recover the monies. Many other states only allow for an action to be filed within ninety days.
Once again, that means that an individual could theoretically lose money at an unregulated online casino (at least, not regulated by Georgia) and sue for recovery and win. This is especially true if the online casino did not choose to appear and defend (which it probably wouldn’t) and the Georgian would win by way of default judgment. Of course, the State would have no real means by which to enforce the casino paying the player the monies lost.
The definition of, ‘Gambling Device,’ under Georgia law, is both detailed and broad and would serve to include any device by which any game of chance could even reasonably be played. While the state manages to describe, ‘Gambling Device,’ in a few short paragraphs, the description would serve to cover virtually any conceivable game.
With that, what most states term, ‘Unlawful Gambling,’ Georgia terms, ‘Offense of Gambling,’ and laws falling under 16-12-21 would serve to include virtually any possible form of gambling when combined with the definition of, ‘Gambling device,’ and the, ‘Offense of Gambling,’ applies to individuals placing the actual bet. There are separate offenses that relate to operators and those fall under the Georgia statute of, ‘Commercial Gambling.’
Generally speaking, misdemeanors in the State of Georgia are punishable by up to one year in jail and fines ranging from $300-$1,000.
There have also been raids of,‘Internet Cafes,’in the state.
It should come as no surprise that I failed to turn up any stories relating to any people merely participating as players being arrested, much less any individuals participating as mere players at online casinos.
Ultimately, I would conclude that the State of Georgia is heavily restrictive when it comes to online gambling, but that is really just by virtue of the fact that it is technically illegal and could theoretically result in up to a year in jail and a fine of $300-$1,000. As a practical matter, for someone who is merely playing, there is no evidence that such has ever happened or will ever happen. However, one cannot discount the fact that the letter of the law applies to players and operators alike, and furthermore, Georgia is pretty restrictive in what few forms of regulated gambling they actually have.
I will stop just short of saying, ‘Banned,’ because the language of the law does not specifically reference online gambling, and all applicable statutes were actually composed prior to the existence of online gambling.
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