Ever since the internet became widespread and easy to access in the late 1990’s, online betting has become immensely popular all over the world, branching out into all the familiar aspects of betting such as online casino betting and sports betting. Poker and college basketball betting are two of the most popular types of betting available online. Online sportsbook betting involves betting on sports games and events which could include basketball, baseball, football and others. Online horse betting is another kind of betting which attracts veteran betters and newbies who have never even been to a horse race.
Advantages of Online Betting
Several advantages help online betting be popular among those who like to try their luck without even stepping out of their homes. These include:
- Being able to use a credit card
- All types of betting available on just several sites
- Complete anonymity
- Instant access to funds via credit card
- Free online betting to first enhance skills
In addition, when gambling online, you generally just upload funds to the specific website or company you have registered with, use those funds to make bets and then cash out your winnings, if you happen to have any. You can use your credit or debit card to issue funds to your account and cash out with. Some United States banks may prohibit using their cards for internet gambling so you may find your card rejected if you do not know ahead of time whether you are allowed to use it. You may be able fund your account with a check or a wire transfer, also, depending on the policies of the gambling site.
Legality of Online Betting
Although many laws and acts regarding betting online have been tossed around, the issue of the legality of online betting has still not really been settled. Representative Barney Frank introduced the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act in 2007, which sought to legalize internet gambling. Another representative, James McDermott, also proposed something called the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act, which describes how to regulate online betting websites while collecting taxes on bets made by anyone coming to that site. As of today, the bill is still being discussed and nothing has been officially determined regarding the legality of betting online.