Sports Betting Q&A
Frequently asked questions about sports betting
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Which sports betting site is best?

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.

BetMGM

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.

DraftKings

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

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

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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Can you bet on sports with Venmo?
No, not legally. Most legal sportsbooks around the country won't allow you to make bets with Venmo.
Which states in US have legal sports betting?
As of 2020, there are 21 states (and Washington D.C.) that have legalized sports betting.
Can you bet on sports online?
Yes. But while betting on sports is legal in almost half the states in the country, not all of them allow online wagering.
When was sports betting legalized?
Sports betting was allowed to be legalized at a state level in 2018 after PASPA was struck down.
When will sports betting be legal in Indiana?
Sports betting in Indiana was legalized September 2019 and online gambling launched a few months later.
Is sports betting legal in Indiana?
Yes. Indiana passed a bill to allow sports betting in 2019 and wagering started in October with online betting opening a couple months later.
When will sports betting be legal in Michigan?
Michigan passed legislation to allow sports betting in December 2019 and the first physical sportsbooks opened March 2020.
Is sports betting legal in Michigan?
Yes. Michigan passed legislation to allow sports betting in December 2019 and the first physical sportsbooks opened in March 2020.
Is sports betting legal in Virginia?
Yes. Sports betting is legal in Virginia and residents began betting via FanDuel in January 2021.
When will sports betting be legal in Virginia?
Sports betting is legal in Virginia and residents began betting via FanDuel in January 2021.
When will sports betting be legal in South Dakota?
Sports betting is not legal in South Dakota, but residents passed a ballot initiative in the November 2020 election, which means it's on its way.
Is sports betting legal in South Dakota?
No. Sports betting is not legal in South Dakota, but residents passed a bill initiative in the 2020 election.
Is sports betting legal in North Carolina?
Yes. Sports betting is legal in North Carolina, but it's only available at two casinos, which weren't open as of early 2021.
When will sports betting be legal in North Carolina?
Sports betting is legal in North Carolina, but it's only available at two casinos, which weren't open as of early 2021.
When will sports betting be legal in Tennessee?
Yes. Tennessee sports betting was legalized in 2019 and launched in 2020.
Is sports betting legal in Tennessee?
Yes. Tennessee sports betting was legalized in 2019 and launched in 2020.
Is sports betting legal in Maryland?
No. Sports betting is not legal in Maryland, but residents voted Yes to legalize sports gambling in the November 2020 election.
When will sports betting be legal in Maryland?
No. Sports betting is not legal in Maryland, but residents voted Yes to legalize sports gambling in the November 2020 election.
Is sports betting legal in Louisiana?
No. Sports betting is illegal in Louisiana despite numerous attempts throughout the last couple years.
When will sports betting be legal in Louisiana?
Sports betting is illegal in Louisiana despite numerous attempts to legalize it the last couple years.
When will sports betting be legal in Iowa?
Iowa legalized sports betting in May 2019, becoming the 11th state to do so.
Is sports betting legal in Iowa?
Yes. Iowa legalized sports betting in 2019, becoming the 11th state to pass a bill.
When will sports betting be legal in Illinois?
Illinois passed sports betting legislature June 2019 and launched at physical sportsbooks March 2020, becoming the 15th state to offer wagering.
Is sports betting legal in Illinois?
Yes. Illinois passed sports betting legislature in 2019 and launched at physical sportsbooks in March 2020.
When will sports betting be legal in Colorado?
Colorado legalized in-person and mobile sports betting November 2019 after a bill was signed by the governor and then approved by voters.