Online Sports Betting: Legal or Illegal?

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

Usually, when it comes to considering online sports betting, it is so common for people to wonder whether they’re breaching a 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 even 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 regulation of online sports betting was left 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 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 makes the application to those established laws open to different interpretation.

Aside from the question on the online sports betting laws, another question was raised by the concerned public, that is, if it is legal to run sports betting on the web or offshore and take action from clients in the United States? Well, the common 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 have been passed to prevent the practice 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 one particular reason that caused the failure of the passing of those anti-sports gambling laws is that the federal government has placed much of the responsibility of the legislations for gambling in the hands of individual states, in which some of those states have approved the practice 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 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 web have decided to stay offshore in foreign countries. And, to avoid 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 even been arrested for considering online sports betting.