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Sports betting is placing a bet or wager on sporting events. Multiple types of bets exist through which you can select the winner of a match, tournament, or other sector of the sporting industry. You can place wagers on the number of goals or scores, players to score, victory margin, and so much more. Over recent years, sports betting has transcended athletic events to include Esports.

Why Trust Picklebet for Sports Betting?

Even though we are an Esports wagering brand, we also cater to traditional sports betting. You may know us by our brand’s history as Skrilla, which emerged as the number-one Esports betting platform in the industry.

Our team creates remarkable products that can entertain and immerse betting fanatics around the world with an engaging experience. We’re a reputable company with all the necessary licenses in place. With Australia’s Northern Territory government regulating our platform, you can be confident that the site is safe for you to use to place your bets.

A History of Sports Betting

Sports betting has existed for as long as sports has. Sports betting takes one of the world’s favourite pastimes and makes it even more interesting by including a personal stake in the outcome.

Go back 2,000 years to when the Greeks introduced the Olympics to the world. Sports betting spread from there to Rome, where it was a legal practice. Citizens placed wagers on chariot races or gladiator fights—they just had to place each bet from within Rome. Though these games came to an end, sports betting spread to other kingdoms.

During medieval times, some lawmakers tried to introduce rules to forbid gambling, which forced bettors to go underground. As new sports emerged, the world of betting grew. In the early 18th century, betting on horseracing became popular in England whenever more than two horses raced against each other. This sport spread throughout the world, and today, it has become a favourite pastime in the United States.

By the late 19th century, countries such as New Zealand, Canada, and the U.S. established laws to rein in sports betting. There were few changes in legality for more than 100 years— until the development of the internet.

One of the issues that influenced how bettors traditionally placed a wager was logistics. In the past, you’d have to find someone in person who could take your bet and pay you on time. While this process could occur successfully, it required a fair amount of effort from the individual placing a bet. Consequently, some individuals stayed away from betting altogether.

With the arrival of the internet, bettors could begin to communicate with anyone across the country or around the globe in real-time. With this fresh invention came fresh problems for both gamblers and bookies—without their struggles, you wouldn’t have the freedom to place your bets freely.

Charles McNeil introduced the concept of the point spread in the 1940s. Before this development, you’d use the standard system of odds for betting, such as two-to-one odds or three-and-a-half-to-one odds. McNeil offered point-spread betting to stand out from other bookmakers. It became so popular that he had to step away from the industry for fear of retribution from the other major players in sports betting.

Online gambling is highly popular today, especially based on the number of available sporting events. Many of the sports that you can bet on today weren’t around when sports betting first emerged. Additionally, you can now place your bets from any location around the world, and you don’t have to be present to cash out your winnings. Online betting also allows you to see the betting lines change, so you can identify some of the best betting options as the event unfolds.

The two most popular sports to bet on today are association football, otherwise known as soccer, and American football, which brings in billions of dollars every year. The development of smartphones made sports betting even easier and more convenient.

Common Questions

How Do I Sign Up?

Simply click on the SIGN-UP button on the home betting page. Follow the instructions and fill out your details, such as email address and password.

How Do I Place a Bet?

After creating an account, you will need to deposit funds into your Picklebet account using one of our deposit methods. Once the funds reflect, click on the sports event that you wish to wager on and select the appropriate markets. You’ll find your bets in the bet slip on the righthand side of the screen.

Does Picklebet Allow Real Football Bets?

Yes: even though we’re primarily an Esports betting platform, you will find traditional soccer betting options for the Premier League, Major League Soccer, La Liga, the World Cup, and several other leagues and events.

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