Americans are no less adventurous than, say, the British. After all, a large part of their population is made up of descendants of colonists from great Britain. Las Vegas, this Mecca of excitement, only confirms the above. Ordinary Americans go to Nevada as if on vacation, and realizing that they will leave a lot of money there. The huge gambling market is languishing under a bushel.
Bookmakers are prohibited
In the United States, sports are considered nothing less than a national treasure. The leading players of national Championships are known all over the world. The NHL is the best hockey League in the world, the NBA is head and shoulders above any basketball draw in the world, Boxing in the United States is a cult sport, fighters from all over the world strive for America’s rings, American football and baseball, little understood in Europe, have a huge impact on the life of an ordinary American.
But it is forbidden to bet on the outcome of all these, certainly fascinating, events. Moreover, bookmakers are even fighting specially organized agencies for this purpose. But the state does not manage to keep the emotional impulses of its citizens to the full.
Why is it forbidden
America of the 30s is still alive in memory, when the mafia controlled the underground sweepstakes, which affected the purity of sports, primarily Boxing. The big bosses of American sports leagues don’t want the stain of suspicion to fall on the reputation of their offspring. They are afraid that a great interest in sports will grow into a great interest in betting, hence from the vacuum of today there will be a lot of money bettors, some of which can go to the organization of match-fixing. No one wants to criminalize sport, but the UK has done it.
Meanwhile, the Americans are ready to play
A country with 330 million inhabitants can bring untold revenues to its budget. Gambling Brits spend almost $ 18 billion a year on games, but the UK population is more than five times smaller. Up to a hundred billion dollars could be spent by players in the States, without releasing this raging flow abroad and into the economic shadow.