Betting and horse racing have always gone hand in hand, right from the time the first organized horse races came into being. While there is no concrete timeline on when betting on horse races actually started, it is safe to assume that it has been around for a very long time, possibly centuries, now. It is an integral part of modern day horse racing across most countries globally.
Before the Internet came along, betting at horse races usually happened at the race tracks or at betting shops in the different towns and cities. This required people to go out of their homes and visit either the betting shop or, for the complete racing experience, the race track itself. However, with the Internet, a new form of horse betting has surfaced – online betting. Online betting has taken off in a big way and today, there are countless websites that allow you to wager on horse races online.
More about Online Horse Betting
So where do you place bets on horse racing online? To place bets on horse racing online you can go to any of the online sports books or online betting sites. There are general online sports books where horse racing is one of the sports you can place bets on, and there are also online books dedicated solely to horse racing bets. All of them are licensed and professionally run, offering a completely secure environment that ensures safe payments and also complete security for your personal information.
When you place bets online, there are many advantages. The biggest advantage is that you are not limited to any one particular race track. There are a range of options to choose from. Some of them allow you to choose by country, which means you get to place bets at race tracks in the country of your choice, provided that country’s laws allow bets from your region to be placed. Besides, there is something you get that you do not usually see at race tracks when you go there physically: freebies and rewards. Some websites offer free bonuses when you sign up with them, while others offer bonuses when you place a wager from their website.
USA and Online Horse Betting
There are a number of fully licensed and regulated online horse betting sites out of the USA. This is because unlike in some countries, online horse betting is legal as per federal law. Even after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was passed, causing havoc for online gambling in general, horse racing was the sole exemption.
Certain states, though, do have laws prohibiting online horse betting. These are just a few states; most of the others have legalized horse race betting.