The Difference Between Offshore and Licensed Sportsbooks


Sportsbooks offer a variety of different betting options, from horse racing to political events. While Las Vegas is the sports betting capital of the world, it is not the only place to play sports. Offshore sportsbooks are based in countries where gambling activities are regulated. Licensed sportsbooks, on the other hand, operate within the jurisdiction of a specific country. Both types of sportsbooks accept bets on a variety of events, from horse racing to sporting events.

Las Vegas is the betting capital of the world

In the 1920s, Las Vegas was considered the gambling capital of the world. It was even considered the Monte Carlo of the Orient. The city was a stop for travelers on their way to and from California. However, when Hong Kong was returned to China in 1999, the government granted the gambling syndicate run by Italian-American gangster Marshall Caifano the rights to operate in Macau. The city remains the betting capital of the world despite its rough times.

While online casinos are a popular way to gamble, brick-and-mortar casinos still offer something unique. In fact, gambling has become a global pastime, with gambling thriving on all continents. The betting capital of the world is Las Vegas, home to more than 70 casinos and the infamous ‘The Strip’. The Strip is an iconic stretch of four miles, and is arguably the city’s most popular attraction.

Offshore sportsbooks are in countries where their activities are regulated

Offshore sportsbooks can accept wagers in currencies other than American dollars. They can do this in a number of ways, including utilizing cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency does not flow through traditional financial institutions, so offshore sportsbooks can circumvent these restrictions. For example, many offshore sportsbooks accept Bitcoin, with some working to integrate Litecoin and Ethereum. Offshore sportsbooks can be considered legitimate gambling operations if they are regulated by their countries’ governments.

However, not all offshore sportsbooks are legitimate. While there are numerous sportsbooks worldwide, many cater to players from countries where sports betting is illegal. For example, there are foreign sportsbooks in Canada and the United States that advertise in these countries. Because these sportsbooks are regulated by a different country, they don’t have to worry about PASPA or other federal laws. Also, because they are not regulated by the government, they lack accountability to bettors and operators. Moreover, their activities are not monitored by law enforcement agencies, making them a ripe target for fraud.

Licensed sportsbooks accept bets on everything from sporting events to politics to horse racing

Legalizing sports betting has been a long process and many operators were ready when the time came. Despite the legalization, sports betting is still a far cry from the Wild West. To gain state approval, sportsbooks must tick a number of boxes and go through a stringent approval process. Once approved, these sportsbooks can open their doors to the public.

Earlier this year, Arizona became one of the first states to launch sports betting after PASPA. It took five months to go from the start of the legalization process to the launch of sports betting in the state. On Sept. 9, Arizona launched its online market and launched seven apps on the first day. Additionally, two sportsbooks opened in Phoenix-area stadiums. However, legalization of sports betting in Indiana may still be a ways off.