Online gambling in the United States generally relies on two requirements that everyone must satisfy before they can be dealt a hand or place a bet: Age and location.
Generally speaking the age requirement across the board is 21 years old. If you’re not of age yet, you’re out of luck. It’s non negotiable. There are a very small number of exceptions to the 21+ rule. For example, in New Hampshire you can use online sportsooks at the age of 18, however, this is far from the norm. Legal online gambling sites will require your name, address, date of birth, and the last four digits of your social security number. If they aren’t able to ID you, no wagers can be placed.
Much like real estate, online gambling is all about location, location, location. If you are not physically located inside of a state that has legal, regulated online gambling, you may not place a bet – period. Your location is confirmed through the use of geolocation software. If you are using a computer, the site will automatically prompt you to download a special plugin. Mobile bettors are good to go as long as they’ve granted the iGaming app access to their location services. Your phone/tablet’s GPS can handle the location confirmation automatically. It doesn’t matter if you’re stuck at the airport for a layover, sitting at home, or pushing a cart around the grocery store.
As long as you are 21 years old and inside of a state with legal iGaming options, you’re good to go.