The Legality of Sports Betting in the US

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Whether you’re a die-hard fan of football, baseball, hockey or basketball, there are a number of sportsbooks you can bet on. Some are operated by licensed companies and offer odds on a number of sporting events, while others are operated by illegal offshore operators. While many US sportsbooks are licensed to operate in a number of states, there are a number of states where the legality of betting is still unclear.

Currently, a number of states in the US are considering legalizing sports betting. These states include Arizona, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and West Virginia. All but New Jersey have laws on the books that allow betting on sporting events. These laws have been passed to prevent illegal offshore operators from entering the US market.

New Jersey voters passed a non-binding referendum in 2011 to legalize sports betting. The state legislature passed a bill to allow sports betting and the governor signed it into law. Although the bill passed, there were still a number of restrictions in the law. These included the prohibition of wagering on in-state collegiate games. These games include public or private institutions of higher education. Similarly, the state of Florida prohibits wagering on in-state collegiate games.

After the 2020 election, South Dakota passed a bill to allow sports betting. Rhode Island opened its first sportsbook six months later. Massachusetts passed a bill to allow sports betting in August 2022. It will not launch until early 2023, however. Meanwhile, Maryland approved sports betting after the 2020 election. This state also approved online sports betting in November 2018.

Other states are considering legalizing sports betting in the future. Alabama has introduced multiple bills to allow sports betting. In fact, the state legislature has passed several sports gambling bills in the past two years. However, no bills have passed in 2023. However, there is a chance that a new motion to legalize sports betting in Georgia may be brought up in 2023.

While Nevada is known for its in-person wagering, it is also a major player in the legal online sports betting market. Its casinos and racetracks offer sports betting. There are also several options for mobile sports betting. The state was the first state to legalize mobile sports betting in April 2021. The state plans to have at least one mobile sportsbook available by 2020.

The state of West Virginia began legalizing sports betting in September 2018. The state launched DraftKings, the exclusive online wagering provider, as its first mobile sportsbook. Several other sportsbooks are also expected to launch in the state.

In-play sports betting allows a greater number of bets on a single game. It’s also a faster way to bet on sports. Sportsbooks also offer hundreds of prop bets, allowing people to place bets on a variety of different markets.

The most popular type of wager in the US is the total bet. A bettor places a wager on the total combined score of two teams. The over bettor wants the combined total to be higher, while the under bettor wants it to be lower. The over bettor will be paid if the team wins the game. The under bettor will be paid if the game finishes in a draw.