I’ve seen a lot of people on this sub who have a common misconception that placing bets on Bovada, BetOnline, and any other offshore sportsbook is illegal. After reading the post about sharp betting which also mentions this, I’m here to clear the air and tell you that offshore sports betting is not and has never been against United States law.
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 was passed to try to prevent people from betting offshore. It makes it illegal for any offshore sportsbook to accept credit cards, checks, and electronic fund transfers for the purpose of sports gambling. Here’s the catch: Nowhere in this law does it say anything about placing a bet being illegal. So while they’re breaking the law by accepting your money for sports gambling, you are not. It’s similar to the decriminalization of drugs, where if you’re caught possessing a small amount of drugs you won’t be arrested, but if you’re caught selling them you can still be prosecuted.
I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to that want to bet on sports, but don’t want to take the chance because it’s “illegal” and would prefer to wait till their state legalizes sports betting. Other people that bet offshore use a VPN and send Bitcoin from a private wallet to minimize their chances of “getting caught.” All of that is completely unnecessary.
Now I’m not a lawyer, but I don’t have to take out six figures worth of student loans to correctly interpret the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. And to my knowledge, nobody has ever been prosecuted for placing a bet on a sketchy Caribbean based sportsbook.