This covers a lot of territory. Online sports books never close, for one thing. Lets say you get the urge to put a few dollars on Cleveland at 3:41 in the morning during the night before the last game of the World Series. With an online sports book, you’re done by 3:45 in the morning, but if you use a land-based sports book, you have to wait until they open (which could possibly already be too late!), and then you have to deal with the driving, the waiting, and all of the other minor hassles. I know which one I’d choose!
Well, for one thing, land-based sports books have to pay for a lot of extra things that online sports books simply don’t have to worry about. Employing people to take all of the bets, for example, and paying for all the various rents and taxes and necessities for the building in which all of this takes place. This holds true for all types of online gambling — for instance, the smallest Las Vegas casino will always be more expensive to operate than even the biggest online casino USA.
Even if this was an ideal world, this would mean that the odds would be a little bit worse at a land-based sports book in order for the “juice” to go farther (if don’t know what juice is, then feel free to check out our “glossary” page!).
Okay, so now let’s pretend that it costs exactly the same thing to bet at an online sports book as it does at a land-based sports book. How much do you have to pay just to get there? Even if you happen to have a sports book in your town, which is probably very unlikely, you’re probably not right down the street from it. So suddenly the price of the bet includes travel costs…which could be anything from a subway fare to a cross-country flight.
The safety of sports books have a lot of variables. What feels safe to one person may be far too risky for another person. However, handling money out in public carries an element of risk — whether you’re in the swankiest sports book in Vegas or with the sleaziest bookie in St. Louis (no hard feelings, Missouri, but everybody knows that your city has a very serious crime problem). Online sports books let you play wherever and whenever you feel safe.
Of course, the obvious response is that the Internet has its own unique risks. That’s why you should ALWAYS choose your online sports book (and payment method, and online slots website, and pretty much everything else) very carefully. On the next few pages, I’ll give you some tips on how to do just that!