On the internet Sports Betting: Legal or Illegal?

Sports betting or gambling has grown to be more and more popular through the years. Its popularity was further intensified together with the growth of online sports betting, also known as internet gambling. However, online sports betting have always been the topic of most controversies. And, one specific area of discussion is its legality.

Usually, when it comes to considering online sports betting, it’s very common for people to wonder whether theyre breaching a local or state law. As you might know, sports betting have been deemed illegal in many countries on this planet, and one particular area that strongly uphold anti-sports betting law is the North America.

However, it is only until recently that the regulation of online sports betting remained entirely on the discretion of the individual states in North America, and to some extent, the dawn of online sports betting created certain levels of confusion concerning the jurisdiction. One main question that prevails is who runs the laws in the virtual world. As you might know, some of the current gambling laws were generally created and proposed before the coming of the internet. This fact is what actually makes the application to those established laws open to different interpretation.

Aside from the question on the online sports betting laws, another question was raised by the concerned public, which is, if it is legal to operate sports betting on the internet or offshore and take action from clients in the United States? Well, the common answer to this by the US government is that offshore or online sports betting aren’t legal.

So it is given that online sports betting are deemed illegal by the US government. However, numerous reports have revealed that no bills have been passed to prevent the concept of online sports betting. Much worse is that, several attempts to pass bills in order to prevent the enduring rise in popularity of online sports betting dramatically failed.

Perhaps a particular reason that caused the failure of the passing of these anti-sports gambling laws is that the government has placed most of the responsibility of the legislations for gambling in the hands of individual states, by which a few of these states have approved the practice of online sports gambling.

A number of those states in reality voted on legalizing the online sports betting, and North Dakota is one of them. On the other hand, there are other states like Illinois that have added certain legislations that strictly prohibit the promotion of online casinos inside the state. As far as I know, only three states in the US have strongly prohibited its people from gambling beyond the state borders: California, Louisiana and Nevada.

Today, since some states have enforced anti-gambling laws, although loosely, several sportsbooks on the web have decided to remain offshore in foreign countries. And, to avoid breaching the laws, they rather put in place their computer servers also offshore. It’s just somehow important to remember that although anti-gambling laws are passed, no citizen has even been arrested for considering online sports betting.