Sports fans love a good bet. What better way to spice up a Sunday afternoon ball game than to place a friendly wager with a friend and make the game all the more exciting? Because of this natural fit, sports betting is a booming business. For the sports fans out there who don't live near Las Vegas or Atlantic City, the online betting world awaits.
Internet sports betting has blossomed into a near-endless list of websites offering sports bets on every possible sporting event around the world. Everything from professional football, basketball, boxing and baseball can be wagered on, as well as college sports and European soccer leagues, rugby and horse racing. Players can place bets on the winner, as well as on a myriad of other quirky options, such as which team will call the next timeout or commit the next penalty.
It's all a far cry from the early days of sports betting, when a few stockbrokers and entrepreneurs from the U.S. went down to the Caribbean and set up the first online gambling businesses. While it's true that beating the house is a difficult thing to do, there are big winners for those who know how to play the odds.
Sports betting sites are constantly recalculating the odds, which means there are plenty of opportunities for the vigilant and the wise to win big. Signing up at such a site is easy. Most simply require you to create a profile and wire in funds to get started. Many sites accept a wide variety of payment options, such as electronic checks, bank wire transfers, credit card payments or cash.