Online betting is currently illegal in India, which is unfortunate for citizens who would love to place bets on their favourite sports. The good news is that there are a number of ways you can still place a bet online without worrying about breaking the restrictions that affect the majority of the country. From using overseas sports betting sites to connecting to betting sites using VPN software, we’ll give you the lowdown on how you can enjoy the fun and excitement of sports betting in India.
Betting On The Subcontinent – a little history
Indian gambling laws can be a little complex to understand. At the present time, only betting on horse racing is legal in India. All other forms of betting are prohibited under the Public Gambling Act of 1867. At the amateur player level, breaking this law could result in penalties that range from a small fine to 1 month in prison. However, the Law Commission of India recently recommended that regulated sports gambling and betting activities be legalised as a way to generate more money for the country and put a stop to black market gambling. The only state in India where sports betting is permitted is the state of Sikkim, provided the sportsbook is licensed.
The Online Bookmakers Taking Bets from Indian Residents
Indian residents can open up an online betting account with bet365 and choose to play in their preferred currency. Right now, it is possible to play with Indian Rupees, British Pounds or US Dollars.
Betrally India has been running its online betting service for more than 5 years and is an international company offering excellent odds across a huge range of sports. Online players can choose to bet on popular cricket matches around the world, football matches, snooker and horse racing, to name a few of the sports available. When you first open an account you’ll receive a welcome offer of a 100% deposit bonus up to ₹7,500. The site offers a number of deposit options, including credit/debit cards, bank transfer, Skrill, and Neteller. You can also contact the Betrally India support team 24/7 via email or live chat if you require assistance.
When it comes to choosing a betting operator that ticks all the right boxes, Royal Panda leads the way. Offering online sports betting and a huge selection of casino games, this online gaming platform provides easy account set-up and a wide range of betting options. Applying to deposit money from India is also easy, and you’ll be given a choice of deposit options including debit/credit cards, e-wallets, Ecopayz and Astropay.
1XBet may be a relatively new company in the sports betting industry, but their platform is growing rapidly. With over 400,000 online users and counting and a large range of sports events to bet on, this is definitely a betting platform to watch. Opening an account from India is simple, and you can deposit money using debit/credit card, Skrill, Webmoney and Neteller.
Spin Palace Sports
The Spin Palace platform has been a well-established and popular casino betting service for years. Its recent addition of a sports betting product has therefore been a popular choice with its many users. The platform offers an almost endless choice of sports to bet on and is currently offering a 100% sign-up offer up to ₹6,000. You can open an account online and deposit money using Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, Skrill and Neteller.
Betfair is the largest betting platform in the world today and in addition to sports betting offers arcade games and a casino. The site can be accessed in 17 different languages and currently has three million registered users. The platform offers a number of ways to deposit cash from India, including debit/credit cards, Neteller and Skrill.
William Hill is one of the oldest betting companies in the world. The company first opened its doors to the betting public in 1934 and accepted its first online bets in 1998. With over 3,200 matches a month and over half a million betting opportunities every week, it is easy to see why so many users favour this online betting site. New users from India can deposit money using a number of methods including bank wire transfer, Maestro, Visa, Visa Debit, Visa Electron and Neteller.
Some users may find that their credit or debit card is declined when trying to deposit money into a new account on an overseas betting site. To get around this problem, you could open up a Skrill or Neteller account and use this to deposit money instead. This is also a good option for users who do not have a debit or credit card, as cash deposits can be made easily at the bank counter.
Using a VPN To Access Sports Betting Sites
Some online betting platforms may display a notification if you are accessing their services from a restricted country. In these cases, you can bypass geographic restrictions by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service. A VPN service works by providing you with a spoofed IP address from the home country where the betting platform is located.
For example, if you are restricted from accessing a UK betting platform while in India, the VPN service would mask your Indian IP and spoof it with a UK IP address. You should then be granted access. While VPN services work in many countries around the world, betting platforms are starting to get wise to their use and may block any attempts to access their services if they suspect you are connecting through a VPN server.
While sports betting may be illegal in India at the present time, this may change in the near future. In the meantime, users looking to place bets on their favourite sports, matches and events have a wealth of platforms and options at their fingertips. The secret is knowing which sites offer the best incentives and how to get around geographic restrictions using a little technical knowledge. Just remember, whichever method you use and whichever platform you favour, to have fun and bet sensibly.