Online Gambling: A Short History
The early days of online sports betting brought a Wild West atmosphere to tropical locations like the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and, of course, Costa Rica. Offshore sportsbooks circumvented sticky sports betting bans and, for a time, stayed ahead of the Javair-like Department of Justice.
Despite the cowboy atmosphere of those early days, the first company to take a wager over the Web was the venerable Intertops. They opened up for business online in Antigua back in 1996, and havee always a few steps ahead of the pack.
Today online sports wagering is moving off the desktop and out into the world via a slew of mobile devices and it’s all goes back to Intertops.