Essay by greesthosCollege, UndergraduateA+, October 2005

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Ever since there have been sports in America, there have been people compelled to bet on the results. The founders of the United States were risk-takers by nature, hence the obvious attraction to gambling in all forms. Back then, people bet on makeshift horse races, cockfights and bare-knuckle brawls. Colonists from England had gambling in their blood since their fathers and grandfathers had been doing it for generations - not only in hopes of a profit but also as a form of leisure and entertainment. If there was a sport to be played, there was somebody somewhere who was willing to bet on it. Sports betting, it seems, was a natural part of the culture of the early Americans.

Today, betting on sports is more popular then ever before. There are many factors that have played a part in this growth and there have been many colourful characters that have made their contributions to the sports betting industry over the years.

One thing is for certain: sports betting is here to stay. And it is likely continue to expand exponentially in the future, despite the federal government's attempts to limit its growth. The possibilities, most agree, are endless.

Sports betting has truly entered the computer age. With the modern age internet sportsbook, you can bet either by phone or on-line. The internet sportsbook has their odds and lines on display for everyone to see and compare with other internet sportsbooks. The advantage for you the player is that you get to shop around for the best lines, odds and bonuses available whether you bet by Internet or by phone. Most savvy bettors will have accounts with several internet sportsbooks in order to take full advantage of this competitive industry.

The internet sportsbook industry has become self-regulated and like any other...