author: betcreative   20 January 2013Print page

History of sports betting

Bookmaker betting nowadays is one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the internet. Origins of bets can be found in the times of Ancient Greece or during the Roman Empire times. People used to bet on cart races, gladiator fights or Olympic Games. But let us not return to those past times and concentrate on the reality since namely today a bookmaker notion has become common.

Betting history
Sports betting history
Sports betting history

It was the beginning of the XX century when professional football tournaments and first leagues used to be created in England. Football had been the favorite discipline of the British from the very beginning and with time they began to bet on winnings of their favorite teams. Such betting was done among people and was not controlled by law. Later the first bookmaker firms finally appeared and used a new tendency of earning big money. Therefore the first bookmakers appeared on the market. According to common information the first sporting betting receiving point was opened in 1922 in Liverpool by John Moores. An increasing turnover of sports betting predicted a fair future for bookmakers. Eventually more and more totalizers were appearing on the market. Irrespective of anything a perfect conjuncture of sports betting lasted till the beginning of World War the Second. In 1939-45 only some bookmakers still continued their activity. The reason was evident – sportsmen went to the battlefront and due to this the majority of tournaments did not take place at those times. Except from this citizens of many European countries overcame the hardest times, their material situation was very difficult. It was easier to refuse from gambling in all its kinds in such situation. The post war time was the crisis time for sports betting which lasted till virtually the 90-ies of the previous century. A great number of bookmakers appeared on the market in very short time, it began to get filled, however the number of clients did not grow. This resulted in a great bewilderment on the gambling games market. Insanity ended only after the global development of internet due to what a huge amount of players got access to online betting. At the moment the internet betting era is still lasting continuously since 1999. The betting market in the internet has already long ago advanced and even left behind ground-level bookmakers. More and more players also get benefit from sports betting via mobile phones or in other words mobile betting.

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