Placing sports bets online has exploded into a multi billion dollar industry. There are now numerous sports books online most of which are located offshore in places like the Caribbean and Central America. The reason internet sports betting is so popular with bettors is that they have a better chance of winning. Another big plus is that it doesn’t take a whole lot of time to place bets with an online sports book. There is a huge benefit to being able to place your bets online without having to leave your home.To start enjoying the benefits of sports betting online you need to find a reliable and trustworthy online sports book. It is easy enough with the search engine listings, just type in “sports betting” and you will find a ton to choose from. When you find a few you like input their names and find reviews and read them to see what other players think of them and see how they are rated. Once you are done with your research pick a couple you are satisfied with and open accounts with them to get started. Opening a sports betting account on the internet is very easy. All you need to do is to look for a link usually like “Register” or “Open Account” then click on it and give the information asked for and choose a username and password which you will be using in your every visit.In order to place a bet you have to have some money on your sports betting account first. So your next step would be to deposit some money. This can be done by check, wire or credit cards currently though at the time of this writing in July of 2006 the United States Congress is voting on banning the use of credit cards for online betting. Once you have deposited your money for your sports betting account, it is also important to check for your bonus after your deposit since most bookmakers actually provide some sort of bonuses or promotional offer after your first deposit.Now you are ready to place your bets but before you do this, read and make sure you understand how to place a bet at your chosen sports book. There are many internet sports betting sites these days that have different types of odds that may change quite a bit and this can be complicated. So if possible choose an odds format that you are more familiar with.