|A South Carolina company is running a blitz of ads on local sports radio, but the South Carolina Attorney General's office says that doesn't change the law in the Palmetto State, 'They are probably legal in the countries they exist in, but to bet on sports in SC is illegal.', claims the AG office’s Trey Walker.|
You can check out point spreads, create an account and, with a credit card number, place bets on your favorite teams (as well as NASCAR) at BetOnSports.com. The site claims it's the world's largest legal sportsbook and operates under the laws of Antigua.
Walker says the problem is how to enforce what's at your fingertips, 'For a law enforcement officer to make an arrest, they'd literally have to be over the shoulder of anyone wherever they were on the internet.'
John Hart with the Department of Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Services says that leaves the world wide web wide open for addicts, 'Sports gambling has always been a problem with the sports industry and now it's right there and it can't be tracked.'
Gambling laws in the past have always been up to the states. The new violations are difficult to enforce and often cross state and country lines, so lawmakers are now actually trying to crack down on the credit card companies to block payments to these offshore sites.