Online Sportsbooks Info

Online sportsbooks may be a target of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act, but customers in the United States can still play them, at some of the best establishments the Web has to offer.

Previously, sports betting in the United States had been the exclusive province of the state of Nevada, and in a clandestine sense, the illegal bookmakers, both large and small. The advent of online sportsbooks has changed the dynamic completely, because the "store" is open 24 hours a day and the odds posted are up-to-the-minute.

All online sportsbooks will take action on the day's events, whether they be games in baseball, football, basketball or hockey; boxing or mixed martial arts, tennis and golf tournaments, and more. But they go beyond that, to propositions covering all those sports and other events that may be happening in the entertainment world, politics or areas of world affairs. There is truly an extensive menu for most players to choose from, and that also includes the so-called "exotic" bets such as parlays, teasers, reverses, round robins and "pleasers."

Like casinos, sportsbooks online offer nice bonus packages for incoming players, and even though there are not as many sportsbooks as there are casinos, the competition is still very intense. In fact, while the standard "vig" on a football or basketball bet may be 10%, there are sportsbooks that bring that figure down, sometimes considerably, as a way of attracting new customers.

There is obviously an incredible convenience factor that is associated with online sportsbooks, and this is so critical, because bettors who wanted an accessible and legal option did not have one before, unless they flew to Nevada. Using an online sportsbook, there is not necessarily anyone to talk to, bets are recorded instantaneously, and account figures can always be accessed.

Like the online casino category, there are certain options for depositing money into an online sportsbook, although for the U.S. market, those options may be more limited than for other markets. Of course, unlike a neighborhood bookmaker, where many customers play on credit, money must be deposited up front when playing online.