Sports betting is not the kind of bet that one person does to his friend or those familiar to you that his favorite team will win.
Sports betting are done with the assistance of a bookmaker and require the skill to closely watch the things happening around. For example in football you should be able to identify the playing eleven, position of the players, form of the players, playing conditions, ground support etc. The mere passion of a team is not sufficient to succeed in sports betting.
The bookmakers are legal in some countries and have the right to do sports betting.
The countries in which bookmaking is illegal utilizes the facility of sports betting through internet. The online bookmakers can accepts the bet and payments through various sites provided in the internet. These sites provide all kinds of information required to assist the person who attempts to bet. Various analyses are conducted and reports are provided to help the bettor to identify the most ideal team that wins. The credibility of the site should be verified before betting since many fake sports betting sites are also found in the internet. But there is not legal backup for such betting especially in United States and European countries since most of the bookmakers are based outside these countries. Some online bookmakers refuse to accept bets from these countries.
The bookmaker gets the benefit in the form of commission based on the amount of money at stake and risk involved.
A normal way of betting is $110 to bet for one side. The winner will get $210 and the loser will not get anything. You can also bet for both sides for $220. But when one side wins you will get only $210 causing you a loss of $10. It may not be that clear to identify who is paying the commission. The bookies will however get $10 from a particular transaction.