Gambling online is quite a new phenomenon, having grown in popularity just in the last few years with the revolution the internet has produced. People probably knew from the beginning how easy the internet would make it to reach more people and increase the gambling business exponentially, but it just took a while to work out the mechanics. Once programs were coded, interfaces designed and a secure means of exchanging money was developed, internet gambling took off like a rocket, and is still shooting upward so fast it couldn’t look back even if it wanted to.
The different methods of online gambling have multiplied in a big hurry. One of the biggest industries involves betting on sports of all kinds. For example, there are websites that allow people to bet on horse races, or even those that concentrate still more narrowly on one type of race, like harness racing. There are other sites that are equally specialized, like NBA or NFL betting sites, or those that follow the big European soccer leagues. But many websites cover as many sports as they can, so you might click on one tab for basketball, another for soccer, and others for tennis, golf, football and so on.
But gambling online isn’t just restricted to sporting events, because there’s a whole other sort of gambling that has gone on almost as long as sports betting. Many people still think of casinos as places you visit in Las Vegas or Atlantic City, but these, too, have created their own special niche online. Now you can visit casino websites and either download software that will enable you to play their games, or use programs like Macromedia Flash or Java to play the games through their interface. They feature many typical casino games such as roulette, blackjack, Texas hold’em, slot games, and others.
There are all sorts of questions about the legality of gambling online, questions that lawmakers are just beginning to deal with. Some states have made the practice outright illegal, while the federal government has tried to create online casino laws that would prevent banks from sending or receiving money from these casinos and other sites. But there is some backtracking on that, with the government thinking it would be better to regulate this phenomenon rather than try to eliminate it. Those in-the-know realize that online gambling has an enthusiastic following of millions of people, and is pretty much here to stay.
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