Sports betting or gambling has become more and more popular through the years. Its popularity was further intensified with the growth of online sports betting, also known as internet gambling. However, online sports betting have always been the main topic of most controversies. And, one specific section of discussion is its legality.
Usually, when it comes to considering online sports betting, it is so common for anyone to wonder whether theyre breaching a local or state law. As you might know, sports betting happen to be 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 also to some extent, the dawn of online sports betting created certain levels of confusion about 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 prior to the coming of the internet. This fact is what actually helps make the application to those established laws accessible to different interpretation.
Besides the question on the online sports betting laws, another question was raised by the concerned public, which 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 response to this by the US government is that offshore or online sports betting aren’t legal.
So it’s 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 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, in which a few of these states have approved the concept of online sports gambling.
Several 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 internet 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 internet decided to stay offshore in foreign countries. And, to prevent 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.