The long history of sports betting can be tracked to the first Olympic and even earlier.
For a long time, the United Kingdom are strong supporters of sport and sports betting. They have a rich tradition of sports betting. Their passion to sport has its roots in their origins.
According to the Wikipedia, betting on the races gained the popularity in 1790. Horse Racing, at that time, was a sport for the rich class. And then, after the time has passed, the sport became accessible to any type of public, come from different economic backgrounds.
At this point, those who took bets, made them combined, but that has not gained popularity, as people prefer to bet on their favorite horse. Thus, it quickly was understood that the best bet was a bet on one horse, which affected the quality of the horses, which were released on running. This type of betting is used today on the run while the popularity of such bets began to fall in the 30's. In 1920, there were already hundreds of betting shops with numerous agencies. And, interestingly, the relationship between them was eased by the telegraph. Horse racing was the most popular form of betting, which attracted the attention of players across the country.
Each time, during the golden time for the sport, the number of people interested in how to bet, increased. Football and basketball become as attractive to sports betting, as boxing and horse racing. During the war, cards with rates raised the desire to be rich in the time when the country was suffering from hunger and poverty. Then Football has become more attractive to sports betting than other kinds of sport, so now you can easily make your predictions to euro 2016. That was the time when combined bets appeared again, and became more popular, as they consisted of 5 or more games.