Fancy a punt
The Sport of Kings, horse racing is an age-old institution. It has roots in Norse mythology and the chariot races of the Romanís are probably the earliest known form of actual horse racing. It is inextricably linked with gambling and generates more revenue for the gambling industry than any other sport. In 2008, horse racing made $115 billion worldwide.
It is a sport that is carried out across the globe and usually attracts Royal guests and the rich and famous. It is associated with glamour and wealth and ladies day at Ascot is basically a giant competition for who has the best outfit, or more specifically, the best hat.
However, the serious side is the huge amounts of money that can be won Ė or lost Ė on a horse. Over the years, gambling has become more accessible to the masses, largely through television and the Internet. It is easier now to place a bet. You donít have to be at the event, or even enter a dark and dingy bookies, you can gamble from home thanks to online betting websites.
There are more races to gamble on too. In 2005 there were 1,300 fixtures and 8,588 races after a total prize packet of £99.3 million. So there are plenty of opportunities to place a cheeky bet.
There are numerous benefits to betting online. Convenience is the most obvious. You donít have to even leave home to place a bet. But aside from this, you have a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips from forums to guides, all offering ways to work the odds and providing the latest tips and predictions.
More people can get involved with online betting too. Because you donít have to leave home women are more inclined to bet, as are people that donít know much about horse racing.
Many people predicted problems with online gambling, but in actual fact because of all the information available, people can make informed bets therefore improving their chances at winning. Although like any form of betting, you are working with probability and chance, so who knows whoís going to win really, that is why gambling is so exciting.