What legal sports betting in the US means for offshore sportsbooks

By The Capital Sports Report Staff

Until fairly recently if you searched for legal online betting in the US you’d probably find yourself presented with a huge array of legal offshore businesses. All of them are eager to take your money and you may even win some of it back.

However, times are slowly changing. In May 2018 the Supreme Court decided that paspa was not a valid bill. The bill was created to prevent the spread of sports betting in the US, arguably to prevent game rigging.


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Prior to the bill, the only states that had commercial gaming were Nevada, New Jersey, and South Dakota. In fact, the bill only allowed sports betting in states that were already practicing it; Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana.

At the current time, every state has the right to decide its own position regarding sports betting, specifically online. Of course, this means the law will be different in each state you visit, while online sports betting may be legal in a state this doesn’t automatically mean that you can do it online at home! You’ll need to check the rules to see if you have to visit the casino or what other factors are relevant.

It’s important to be aware of the states where you can place bets legally and to remember that an app that works in one state may not work in another.

How It Affects Offshore Sportsbooks

Sports betting is legal in most of Europe, including the use of online apps. The power of the internet makes it possible for any US resident to access these sites and places bets, regardless of the laws applicable in the state where they reside. Of course, this doesn’t make it legal!

Option 1 is to use a VPN which disguises where you are actually resident, allowing a US resident to place bets in Europe while appearing to be from Europe.

Option 2 is to place bets with an online sports betting app that is permissible in the US. But, you’ll need to verify they have a genuine license to do this; if they don’t and they refuse to pay out your winnings you’ll have no way to get your money.

As sports betting becomes more prevalent legally in the United States there will be less need or demand for the offshore sportsbooks. This is good news for the customer as you’ll be able to use legal sites and your bets will be protected.

Unfortunately, this won’t be such good news for the offshore sportsbooks as they will be a less attractive option to anyone hoping to make a few extra dollars on a game.

The real issue will be whether playing on an illegal site leaves you vulnerable to prosecution. In reality, there are very few consequences when using an offshore sportsbook. If this situation changes as legal sports betting in the US increases then many offshore betting businesses are going to feel the pinch.

But, as always; check the local rules before you play.

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