Online Sports Betting


online sports bettingIt was only as recently as 1994 that Antigua and Barbuda passed the Free Trade and Processing Zone Act, allowing offshore licenses for online betting operators, so setting in motion the birth of online betting.

Online Sports Betting in US

Legislation on online gambling in the United States was first drafted in the late 1990s, when bills were introduced to the Senate that would curb online gambling activities except for those that involved horse and dog races and state lotteries.  However, those bills were not passed.

In November 2002, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the Federal Wire Act prohibits electronic transmission of information for sports betting across telecommunications lines but affirmed a lower court ruling that the Wire Act “‘in plain language’ does not prohibit Internet gambling on a game of chance.”

The US government passed the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) in 2006, making it illegal for banks and credit companies to process financial transactions for betting sites, leading to most gambling sites retreating from the US market.

However, in May 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for sports betting to be permitted (not least in Pennsylvania) by striking out the 1992 ‘Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act’.

As things stand, 888 and William Hill look well positioned, with the former’s poker site has been offering its services to Pennsylvania operators for a number of years and William Hill’s sportsbooks already operating in Nevada in association with Caesars Entertainment, so they could well run the Harrah’s sports betting operation in Philadelphia along with their online spin-off site.

How we choose the Best Betting Sites

Here at PennsylvaniaGambler.com, we look to choose the best, safest and most reputable bookmakers when selecting the best betting sites for our readers.  All our reviews are written from a neutral and unbiased viewpoint, so you get the facts with which to make your own choices.

Among the various factors we look for are when choosing the best betting sites are the ease of opening accounts, a good range of banking options for deposits and withdrawals and great customer service.  These are all important factors we look for on your behalf.

Betting odds at online bookmakers tend to be better than those offered by bricks & mortar companies due to the simple fact that they have lower overheads.  Even so, there can also be wide variances between odds at online bookmakers and we ensure that we only select those bookmakers that offer some of the most competitive odds, whether you are looking for NBA Picks, MLB Picks or NHL Picks.

In addition, we also look out for any bonuses and free bets offered by bookmakers and in particular the terms & conditions applied to any such offers.

A good range of sports and markets within sports is also important, as is live betting options and live streaming of events.

Licensed Sportsbooks

How to Bet

Although the infrastructure is in place and Pennsylvania has more than enough potential sports betting customers, no sports bets at fixed odds in the Keystone State will happen until applications (an application for a ‘Sports Betting Certificate’ costs $10m, with a hefty 36% tax levied on them) have been received by Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board from betting organizations wishing to be licensed to accept fixed-odds sports bets.

Placing an online sports bet is generally a straightforward process and can be completed within just a few minutes at most once you’ve opened an account with your chosen online bookmaker.

The process of placing a bet usually just requires selecting your sport and specific competition, then the game and market of your choice and finally your stake and then confirming your bet.