Online football betting was born in the late 1990’s when a number of neighborhood bookmakers realized there was a way to reach larger audiences as well as to escape the legal issues that had become a hindrance to their business. The increasing ubiquity of the internet allowed football betting to become more secure, more accessible, and lastly but not leastly, more fun. Offshore sportsbooks really started to catch on in the early 2000’s and have since become the most popular method for football betting. Online gaming companies took over $12 Billion in bets in 2005, and those numbers are predicted to grow by at least 20% this year.
Along with the success has come attention แทงบอลออนไลน์ both friendly and otherwise. As the online sportsbooks become more popular every year with the football betting crowd, the United States government looks for ways to reach beyond their own borders to block the flow of U.S funds to offshore companies and to make online football betting illegal for football bettors here in the States. Many Americans feel that this is as doomed to fail as other attempts at the prohibition of “vices”, as well as unnecessary, as the industry becomes increasingly self-regulated.
The offshore sportsbook industry has come a long way in its short life. In the beginning the instances of sportsbooks not paying winning customers was almost too many to count. The gold rush atmosphere brought entrepreneurs with little or no business or gaming experience running to set up an offshore shop and cash in on the craze.
The result of these fly-by-nights was a black eye for the industry as a whole. Since then, sportsbook review sites like SportsIntensity.com and offshore watchdog organizations like SportsBettingScams.org have stepped in to help police the otherwise unregulated industry. The effect of these sites has been to make football betting scams more and more rare every day. The positive result of all the attention that online football betting has attracted is that it’s much more difficult to scam bettors when everyone’s watching.