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As the post-PASPA sports betting landscape continues to take shape, one of the key questions that has yet to be answered is how a legalised business can compete with black and offshore markets that are not taxed, can offer credit and are cited as being simply more convenient for bettors to use. Dial in the robust relationships that bettors enjoy with unregulated bookies and the dichotomy facing the regulated sector is all too clear to see.

A recent study by Sally Melissa Gainsbury at the University of Sydney that addresses the factors influencing offshore betting and gaming habits could well offer some useful insight for US sports betting providers. Although derived from the Australian experience, much of what is contained in the document mirrors the potential issues facing the fledgling licensed US market.

According to the report, offshore gamblers indicated that payout rates, game experience, and sites advertising themselves as “for Australians” influenced their decision on where to gamble, while domestic gamblers were more likely to pick their sites because they were licensed by a respected authority, that they were licensed in Australia, and available payment methods. Notably, consumer protection standards and the complaint / dispute process, typically indicated as an advantage of licensed sites, was not a particularly popular characteristic for site selection for either group.”

The study noted: “Understanding consumers’ use of offshore gambling sites is essential to derive policies to reduce use of these sites with the goal of consumer protection. As hypothesized, there were some differences between the cohorts of gamblers who use offshore vs domestic internet gambling sites. Although gender was not significant at a univariate level, its multivariate contribution to the prediction of using offshore gambling sites demonstrates a significant factor.


Governments will tax anything that moves,and will spend all they get - and then borrow more. If you make it easier for them to milk tax from you,you are a fool.