A current trend in today’s entertainment world, known as eSports, is starting to influence the way we bet on Major League Baseball using the Internet (or inform our bets).
The eSports Model?
eSports could be seen to go hand-in-hand with what is called social gaming, or social betting. This is the virtual, online version of casual (friendly) bets, rather than the complex sportsbook approach.
You see, sports like MLB and NFL mobile betting is not considered a game of skill, which is the only way online gaming is permitted by law have monetary rewards (such as video-game tournaments). That is not likely to change at the federal level in the US. But at online grassroots level, if you like, the situation has already changed.
What has evolved is bigger than new laws allowing online gambling, or new websites that offer real-cash betting on the MLB — the change is among the bettors/spectators.
Instead of being mere watchers, more of us now enjoy testing what we know about teams, players and the game of baseball itself through a few fun bets with our sports-loving friends.
We can use certain apps on our mobiles (phone or tablet) with which we use fake funds but have potentially binding wagers. Other apps can deliver real-time stats and predictions. The bets we make are more interesting, because we’re more involved in the game and its infinite mysteries.
The Art of Betting
The range of betting options has become quite intricate. Making ‘prop’ bets on team-performance benchmarks or individual players’ theatrics on the field becomes less and less a matter of chance, and more about knowing your baseball well. Very well.
If you don’t live in a country or province in which online gambling is allowed, then you will not be able to use the Web to handle your financial wagers and accounting. But many have begun to ask, what need is there for bookies when friends or neighbors, for instance, entertain bets? It seems pretty roundabout to use an online bookmaker (probably located in another country) to handle a bet with your best mate down the street.
Yet you can go ahead and use the many websites and new mobile apps that deliver pretty much every kind of MLB information, including news and real-time scoring, everything except handing cash wagers — but sports-fans cum-gamblers can deal with their own cash, surely!
Another powerful feature of the these sites and apps is their many ways you can make a social game out of your overall betting. Not only can you compete with other baseball hacks out there, you can also join teams pitted against other teams — let alone the other social networking toys like chats, video calls or Facebook features. Sportsbook sites, whenever you do indulge in a larger bet, also provide many integrated ‘social’ tools to use as you tweak your bets.
It’s a new day for online bet-making, especially as many American states flirt with legalizing online gambling. Betting on MLB games has never been as fun, nor as convenient, whether you use a sportsbook or the honor system.