Online Sports Betting: Legal or Illegal?

Sports betting or gambling has grown to be increasingly popular through the years. Its popularity was further intensified together with the growth of online sports betting, generally known as internet gambling. However, online sports betting have long been the main topic of most controversies. And, one particular section of discussion is its legality.

Usually, when it comes to considering online sports betting, it is so common for anyone to wonder if theyre breaching a local or state law. As you may know, sports betting have been deemed illegal in several countries in the world, and one particular area that strongly uphold anti-sports betting law is the North America.

However, it is just until recently that the regulating online sports betting remained entirely to the discretion of the individual states in North America, and also 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 may know, some of the current gambling laws were generally created and proposed before the coming of the internet. This fact is what actually helps make the application to those established laws open to different interpretation.

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

So it is 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 stop the concept of online sports betting. Much worse is that, several efforts 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 would be that the federal government has placed most of the responsibility of the legislations for gambling in the hands of individual states, in which a few of these states have approved the practice of online sports gambling.

A number of those states in fact voted on legalizing the online sports betting, and North Dakota is one of them. On the other hand, there are many 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 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 web have decided to remain offshore in foreign countries. And, to prevent breaching the laws, they rather set up their computer servers also offshore. It is just somehow important to note that although anti-gambling laws are passed, no citizen has been arrested for considering online sports betting.