Online Skill Contests

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    I have this idea in my head that I want to start a website that offers skill-based games to be played for money. The games will be explicitly 100% skill-based with no element of chance, will require consideration, and will offer monetary prizes. It will be open to residents of states where skill-based games for money are allowed, and it will adhere to state laws.

    My questions are:
    What are the legal provisions required to start and maintain such a site?

    Is it possible to host the site within the United States? I know that worldwinner.com hosts their site in Massachusetts. Does hosting a website and the laws restricting it depend on the site it's hosted in?

    Thanks for your consideration.


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    If you are legally allowed to have a site like this, then yes you can have it hosted in the United States. You will have to make sure your website complies with the laws in each state where you allow members to participate. This may take you some research to find all the laws. Also it would probably just be easier for you to host the website overseas, however you still will need to comply with U.S. laws since your participants are in the U.S.
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