Online 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 long been the topic of most controversies. And, one particular area of discussion is its legality.

Usually, in terms of considering online sports betting, it’s very common for anyone to wonder whether theyre breaching any local or state law. As you may know, sports betting have been deemed illegal in many countries in the world, and one particular area that strongly uphold anti-sports betting law is the North America. In this region, most states and also the federal government have passed legislations about whether or how it is lawful or not to gamble online, and offline.

However, it is only until recently that the regulating online sports betting remained entirely to the discretion of the individual states in North America, and to some degree, 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 prior to the coming of the internet. This fact is what actually helps make the application to those established laws accessible to different interpretation.

Aside from the question about the online sports betting laws, another question was raised by the concerned public, which is, when it is legal to operate sports betting on the web or offshore and take action from clients in the United States? Well, the regular answer to this by the US government is always that offshore or online sports betting are not legal.

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

Perhaps one particular belief that caused the failure of the passing of those anti-sports gambling laws is that the government has placed much of the responsibility of the legislations for gambling in the hands of individual states, by which some of those states have approved the practice of online sports gambling.

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

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