Sports betting or gambling has become increasingly 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 main topic of most controversies. And, one specific area 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 might 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 definitely the North America.
However, it is just until recently that the regulation of online sports betting remained entirely to the discretion of the individual states in North America, and also to some extent, the dawn of online sports betting created certain degrees 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 truth is what actually helps make the application to those established laws open to different interpretation.
Besides the question on 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 web or offshore and take action from clients in the United States? Well, the common response 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 with 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 the fact that, several efforts to pass bills in order to prevent the enduring popularity of online sports betting dramatically failed.
Perhaps a particular reason that caused the failure of the passing of those anti-sports gambling laws would be that the 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 concept of online sports gambling.
Several 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 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 internet 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 is just somehow essential to remember that although anti-gambling laws are passed, no citizen has even been arrested for considering online sports betting.