Sports Betting Q&A
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What are some popular sports betting books?

BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular online sportsbooks where betting is legal.

Since sports betting is legalized on a state-by-state basis with each having different regulations, there are no country-wide sportsbooks. That said, there are sportsbooks that operate in numerous states and could be available in the majority of the country as more states legalize sports betting.


Known for the sportsbook at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, BetMGM has expanded across the country with physical locations in New York, Michigan, Mississippi and Pennsylvania, as well as online capabilities in Colorado, Indiana, Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia.


After PASPA was overturned in 2018, DraftKings quickly put its footprint across the country with physical sportsbooks and online offerings. Through DraftKings, both mobile and retail sports betting are allowed in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Retail sports betting is allowed in New York and Mississippi. Mobile only is available in New Hampshire, where DraftKings was granted a monopoly.


FanDuel is somewhat behind DraftKings in terms of availability, but that changes by the month. Both mobile and retail sports betting are allowed in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Retail-only wagering is available in Michigan and New York.


PointsBet launched in the United States in 2019 and is growing across the country, getting licenses where possible. It's main draw is PointsBetting, which they detail as a "high-risk, high-reward form of betting" that rewards bettors by how right or wrong a wager is. Compared to others, PointsBet is a bit behind in terms of retail sportsbooks, though that aspect is also growing. Mobile betting is available in Indiana and New Jersey, while there is also a retail location in Iowa.

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What are some current trends in sports betting?
Betting trends usually refer to what the public is doing. You have two choices, to follow the public or fade the public.
Who benefits from sports betting?
Sports betting not only benefits each state, but it also gives fans another way to enjoy games.
What is a sports betting model?
A sports betting model is a system that can identify unbiased picks to determine the probability for all outcomes in a certain game.
What is a sports betting exchange?
A sports betting exchange allows bettors to bet against each other instead of through a bookmaker.
What are some tips for managing your bankroll when betting on sports?
The most important tip when betting on sports is to limit each bet to be between one and five percent of your bankroll.
Can sports betting be a career?
Yes. Sports betting can be a career if you make it your full-time job and put in the hours.
Can sports betting make you rich?
Sports betting is unlikely to make you rich unless you turn it into a full-time job and become one of the best bettors in the world.
Is sports betting a waste of money?
Sports betting is not a waste of money if you define your goals before making your first wager.
Can sports betting be profitable?
Sports betting can be profitable, but the majority of bettors lose money, which is why sportsbooks exist.
What some simple tips for betting on sports?
A simple tip for betting on sports is to remember that only a small percentage of bettors are profitable in the long run.
What are some good sports betting tips for beginners?
A tip for beginners may be that turning a profit in sports betting is difficult and because you "know sports" doesn't mean you'll be successful.
How do you win at sports betting?
To win at sports betting, one has to put time into studying and researching various aspects of a matchup.
Why should sports betting be legal?
Sports betting should be legal because not only is it another way for fans to enjoy action, but it's also a boost to the economy.
Is sports betting rigged?
Sports betting is not rigged, but it is against your favor because of the vig.
What is the tax rate on sports betting winnings?
When PASPA was overturned in 2018, states began legalizing sports betting and introducing different taxes on revenue.
How do sports betting payouts work?
Sports betting payouts depend on which type of odds are being used.
What is a bookie in sports betting?
A bookie is someone who facilitates gambling by setting odds, accepting and placing bets, and then paying out the winnings.
Which sports betting site is best?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular online sportsbooks where betting is legal.
What is a hedge in sports betting?
A hedge is a method to reduce risk and secure winnings for a specified bet.
What is the spread in sports betting?
The spread, also referred to as the line, is used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
How do sports betting spreads work?
Sports betting spreads, also referred to as lines, are used to even the odds between two unevenly matched teams.
What does hook mean in sports betting?
The hook means a half-point in sports betting.
What is arbitrage in sports betting?
Arbitrage in sports betting is when someone places bets on all possible outcomes of an event at odds that guarantee profit.
Can you arbitrage sports betting?
Arbitrage sports betting is legal, though it's frowned upon by bookmakers.
How are sports betting odds calculated?
Sports betting odds are calculated with the main goal for sportsbooks being to receive equal money on both sides of a bet.