Sports betting has had a long and illustrious history that was first documented more than 2000 years ago with the Greeks. With the Greeks' passion for athletics, they introduced the Olympics to the rest of the world, as well as the first documented wagers on athletic competitions.
Then came the Roman gladiators, where sports betting was eventually accepted and even legalized.
In the 1950s, Las Vegas lent sports betting a sense of legitimacy to the public by having their land-based casinos authorize sports betting. However, there was no other way other than walking into a Las Vegas casino to bet.
However, the emergence of the world wide web has accelerated the growth of sports betting, especially with the boom of the smartphone industry. This rapid technological development meant that sports bettors could place their bets anytime, anywhere, and on any device.