Cmd368 Sports – In 1996, soccer teams Tottenham Hotspur and Hereford United played each other in an FA Cup replay. There was nothing unusual about the game at all, but it still had a significant impact on the history of sports betting.
Why? Because the first ONLINE sports wager was placed on this game, at the first cmd368 online betting site.
It didn’t take long for online sports betting to explode. It became very popular, very quickly. Today, millions of people use the internet to place their wagers. The online betting industry brings in billions of dollars each year, and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down.
The industry has endured many changes since that first online wager was placed. Advances in technology and some amazing innovations are why it continues to grow so rapidly. We’re excited to see what the future of online betting beholds.
This article doesn’t focus on the future of sports betting, though, it focuses on its past. We look at how cmd368 sports betting has evolved over the years to become what it is today. We explain the most significant changes that have happened during the evolution of online sports betting, and discuss how they affect us.
Changes in Regulation & Legislation
When the sports betting industry first took off, it was not regulated too closely. Most sites had some kind of gambling or betting license that authorized them to operate and provide their services, but the requirements for those licenses were not very strict. There wasn’t much (if any) oversight of exactly what these sites were doing and how they were operating.
On the other side of the spectrum was the “scam” sites. These sites were launched with the specific aim of ripping people off. Somewhere in the middle are the sites that started with good intentions but then resorted to stealing and/or cheating their customers for one reason or another.
The point we’re trying to make here is that a lot of people lost a lot of money to rogue betting sites back then. It was very difficult for anyone to know which sites were trustworthy and which weren’t. Many people didn’t put much thought into which site to use, and just signed up at the first site they found.
The regulation is much better now. There’s still room for improvement, but betting online is certainly a lot safer. There are various online gambling jurisdictions around the world that have legalized and regulated internet betting. The licensing authorities in most of these jurisdictions are very strict about which sites they issue licenses to, and they ensure that all their licensed sites operate in a fair and ethical way.
Do rogue sites still exist? Yes, unfortunately. But there’s not very many of them, and they’re much easier to avoid. All you have to do is stick with sites that are properly regulated and operating legally in a suitable jurisdiction.
Although the regulation of online sports betting has improved as the industry has evolved, it’s fair to say that the relevant legislation has not. Not in a global sense anyway. There are several countries around the world that still have outdated gambling laws that make no mention at all of online betting. There are other countries that have introduced new legislation, but made it so confusing that it’s hard to decipher what’s legal and what’s not.
Increase in the Number of Betting Sites
Intertops may have been the first online betting site, but they weren’t without competition for very long. Several other sites were launched in 1996 too, and many more in the following few years. As the popularity of online sports betting increased throughout the early 21st century, the number of sites grew exponentially. These days there are literally hundreds of them
Better Variety of Wagers
There’s an article on our blog about some prop bets to consider for Super Bowl 51. The betting advice it offers is obviously out of date, since the memorable game has already come and gone, but we still recommend glancing through it anyway. It will give you a better idea of the variety of wagers available at modern day betting sites.
Okay, so this was one of the biggest sports events of the year. There were OBVIOUSLY going to be a lot of wagering options available. The thing is, this kind of variety is not unusual. It’s certainly not limited only to events on the scale of the Super Bowl. These days you’ll find an excellent variety of wagers for most events.
To illustrate, here’s a list of the different type wagers available for an upcoming soccer game.
- Full time result, correct score, Half time/Full time odds, total goals over/under, total goals (exact), Asian handicaps, total corners, 1×2 and the others.
More Competitive Odds & Lines
We briefly touched on this development earlier, when we were discussing the competitive nature of the online sports betting industry. It’s worthy of discussing in a little more detail though, simply because it’s such a big deal.
In the early years of online betting, the odds and lines on offer were pretty much the same as what was available elsewhere. Honestly, we haven’t seen huge changes in this area. They have definitely gotten a little more competitive though, and that’s good enough for us.
Even just small differences in the odds and lines can have a significant impact on how much we make overall. So this is a development in the evolution of online sports betting that we REALLY appreciate. We’d love to think that the odds and lines will get even better in the future, but that’s not going to happen. Betting sites already operate on very small margins, so there’s just no room for improvement.