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Online Betting

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Ric Flair guy, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. Ric Flair guy

    Ric Flair guy Member

    Anybody do any online sports wagering? I can't seem to find a straight answer on the legality of this, or any decent suggestions on which online books are better than others. Input?
  2. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    Technically speaking, it's illegal in the US. But, of course, that didn't stop a bunch of Europeans and Americans from setting up off-shore companies in the Carribean and Costa Rica. The U.S. Government has decided now to start cracking down on some of them. I think the hope is, if they land a couple sharks, then the rest of the fish will go away.

    BetonSports.com just got slammed when their CEO decided to make a trip to the States. He got arrested.

    Go to BetonSports.com now and see what's going on.
  3. Walter_Sobchak

    Walter_Sobchak Active Member

    I wagered on VIPSports.com last football season, but don't have as much expendable cash this year. That said, I read somewhere that it's not technically illegal to bet, but it is illegal to run the betting operation, which is why they're all set up in the Carribean. That's probably a bunch of BS, but oh well. Congress is actively working on legislation to make it illegal to gamble online, however.

    Anyways, http://www.sportsbookreview.com/Ratings+on+over+400+Sportsbooks+/default.aspx?Show=Grade gives ratings for a buttload of different books. VIP never gave me any problems, and cashouts were always easy. Pinnacle is also very popular among bettors.
  4. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Bill Frist is playing deep political games right now, trying to crack down on credit-card funding
    of offshore accounts w/a rider attatched to the Department of Defense bill currently
    being discussed. His chances are slim, but he's a desperate man, trying to pander
    to the whackazoid base in his longshot bid for the '08 GOP nom.
  5. Ric Flair guy

    Ric Flair guy Member

    So I should feel relatively safe if I want to make a few wagers? Thanks for the responses so far.
  6. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Safe's a relative term. If the CEO of your offshore of choice lands in the states, and
    the DOJ is clocking manifests, thinks they have a case, and decides to cuff your man, well . . . that's what
    sank BetOnSports.

    Virtually all major offshore execs are steering well clear of the states, these days.
  7. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    I do not recommend bodog.com even though it appears to be a very popular site. Too often you'll have to risk 12 or 12.5 to win 10. Winning is tough enough without giving the house a little extra to boot.
  8. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    BoDog also deals dual lines. If you display any evidence of harboring a sporting IQ higher
    than Pat Robertson, you'll be dealt their "sharp" line, hostile to those playing wiseguy sides.
  9. Ric Flair guy

    Ric Flair guy Member

    Sportsbook.com any good?
  10. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Another outfit currently being hectored by the Feds, based on some ancient, decades-old
    charges out of Louisiana . . . unlike BetOnSports, they show no sign of turning tail, though . . .
  11. Ric Flair guy

    Ric Flair guy Member

    Just got done researching Pinnacle. They seem really good. No gimmicky promotions so they are able to offer a little better odds (and money lines on NFL games).
  12. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Have fun. Aside from Pinnacle, you've touched on the guys most in the news, lately.
    I'll let others who no doubt know far more about this field than I do, carry the ball
    further . . .
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