Ever since the inception of the first online sports betting sites in 1995 people have been flocking in droves to try their luck at picking winners at their favorite sporting events. Online sports betting has been growing in popularity for a number of reasons that make it so different from standard casino style betting.To start with, it is done from the comfort of your own home, so there are no parking problems, lines, booze being pushed at you or any of the other problems and inconveniences that come with casino style gambling. Also, placing bets on a wider variety of games and events is so much quicker and easier online then in a standard casino.However; for the beginner it can be somewhat confusing, due in part to the large number of websites that offer online sports betting that are available on the Internet. What is most important for the beginner is that they find a reputable online casino to gamble at, as there are quite a few less then reputable outfits that are out there to cheat you.There are a number of websites that will refer you to online gambling centers but most of them do their referring to gambling centers that pay them a kickback commission. Fortunately there is a vast selection of legitimate online gaming sites to choose from and most of them will allow you a free trial period.Still one more thing to try, is to visit chat rooms that have gambling or sports betting related topics. It is there that you will meet like minded people that can pass on some of what they have learned. Remember, that you must be 18 to gamble online and if you are new to it, it is important to learn how to set limits. Also, remember to keep your bets small at first until you get the hang of it.