It’s now legal to bet on your favorite team (At least in a few states)
Thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision, Nevada’s monopoly on taking legal sports wagers is over. All states can now authorize betting on sports, although there will be only a handful in which bets can be placed this NFL season. Here’s how it’s going to work.
States Where It Will be Legal
Anticipating that the Supreme Court would strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) as unconstitutional in May, some states moved early to be ready for the NFL season. New Jersey and Delaware became the first states outside Nevada to take single-game wagers in June. West Virginia and Mississippi also passed legislation and should be ready for the opening kickoff. Pennsylvania and Rhode Island could be allowing wagers come playoff time, and research firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming projects that 32 states will have sports betting by 2023.
How You Can Place Wagers
The states that legalize sports betting are authorizing existing casinos and racetracks to offer wagering. “Football season is going to be our biggest time of year in terms of the sportsbook side,” says New Jersey’s Monmouth Park Racetrack operator Dennis Drazin. “We anticipate crowds to be substantially higher.” In Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel and Casino committed millions to constructing a top-notch sportsbook, and owners of Ocean Resort Casino made one a priority of its recent renovation. In other words, Sundays in Atlantic City are about to get a lot more exciting.
Types of Bets Being Offered
You’ll be able to bet on almost anything: upcoming games, who’s going to win the Super Bowl and, in some states, in-play action on things like who will score the next touchdown. New Jersey and West Virginia are also gearing up for mobile/online betting, which will eventually be a cornerstone for wagers in most participating states.
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