The legal age for gambling varies based on which jurisdiction you live in. There are different legal gambling age requirements that vary by state, province, and country. In most instances, the minimum gamblingage for gambling whether in a land based casino or online gambling casino is at least 18 years of age. However, this varies greatly and in some jurisdictions the minimum age is raised to 21 years of age. It is very important that you know what the legal gambling age for where you reside is, as well as the legal age of the governing jurisdiction of the online casino you intend to play at.
Making sure that you are of the legal age to gamble is your responsibility, while enforcement of the law in your regions falls on the shoulders of both the local law enforcement officials as well as the casino operator. Local law enforcement officials typically only come into play if you have been referred to them by the casino operator.
One way in which casino operators have to enforce legal play is by requiring all players to prove their age with documentation. You may need to provide your legal age at the point where you enter a land based casino, or register for an online gambling website. It is likely that you will again need to provide documented proof of your identity to the casino staff before you can cash out any winnings. The most common proof of identity and age that is used is a driver´s license or other photographic card issued by your locality.
If you are found to be below the legal age for gambling, either where you live, or in the jurisdiction that mandates the casino operators permits, you will not be able to cash out any winnings - even if you played at their casino and won. Often it is in this instance where the local law enforcement agency becomes involved. At that point, illegal gamblers can face consequences much more serious than not being able to cash out at the casino.
You can face jail time and fines if you are found to be gambling illegally. This is true for both land based and online gambling casinos. The jail time and fines vary depending on the jurisdiction in which you are charged. In some cases you can even be prosecuted in your home location as well as the casino jurisdiction. This is a serious matter.