It’s Thursday Night Football, the Patriots are taking on the Packers so it’s Tom Brady versus Aaron Rodgers. What could possibly make this game more interesting? How about laying a handful of dollars on the outcome?
Sporting betting is becoming ever more popular, but online sports betting has been around for a lot longer than you might think. All you need to know about the rise of betting sites is covered in this new infographic courtesy of LBS.
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How online betting was born
Just as the internet was beginning to become ‘a thing’ a tiny island east of Puerto Rico called Antigua and Barbuda began to offer betting licences for all types of online gambling operators – including online casinos and sports books.
The internet soon fell in love with online sports betting and within two years sports betting punters in the US were wagering $60 million online per annum. By 2009 this figure had grown to $50 billion.
Finding somewhere to place your bets in the USA
Betting on sports in the US is a little problematic, but not impossible. It’s illegal to offer your services as a sports book unless you’re based in Nevada, Oregon, Delaware or Montana.
Online, you’ll find a handful of sites willing to accept US-based punters – Bovada, BetOnline and 5Dimes are three of the most trusted. You’ll also find some lip-smacking bonuses available to start your wagering off with that ‘wow’ factor.