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NFL Lines - The History Of Betting

Posted by Jackson Anthony on 1/25/2012 4:14:08 PM

Betting has been around for a long time. For over 3,000 years, people have been trying to pick winners; from animal races to gladiator fights to team sports. Now, with online sportsbooks, bettors can place a bet a few minutes before game time and enjoy watching it from the comfort of their own home.

Below is a look at the deep history of betting and how we got to where we are today.

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Summary
- The first recorded bets were placed in 1000 B.C.
- Sports betting in the U.S. became popular in the 1920s
- In 2003, the online sports betting industry reached $63 billion
- 1 in 4 Americans bets on a sports event at least once per year

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