Sports Betting Q&A
Frequently asked questions about sports betting
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How does sports betting work in Vegas?

Vegas remains the go-to place for sports betting even as states continue to legalize wagering throughout the country.

That said, Vegas (and Nevada) is a little different than what most other states provide because they've been offering sports betting for decades.

If you're looking to bet right away, it makes sense to venture to the sportsbook where you're staying. If there isn't one, there are a wide range of options in downtown Las Vegas and on the strip. Either way, there is likely a sportsbook within walking distance of where you're staying.

BETTING IN PERSON

When betting in person, the most important thing to keep in mind, other than to carry cash, is the rotation number, which is often listed next to a certain bet on an odds board. To make it easier for the tellers, each bet has a rotation number they type in. For example, a game on an odds board may look like this:

350 Saints-6-180
351 Falcons52+160

In this case, the rotation numbers are 350 and 351.

If you want to bet $100 on the Saints, you would say, "$100 on 350, Saints -6." For the Falcons, it would be, "$100 on 351, Falcons +6." For the over/under it would be, "$100 on 350, over 52." For over/unders, you can use either rotation number. For moneyline bets, it's the same thing, "$100 on 350, Saints moneyline." In this case, you'd be betting $100 on -180 odds, which would payout about $150.

MOBILE BETTING

While Las Vegas is the hub for sports betting, you cannot bet online until you sign up in person at a casino. Most sportsbooks have their own app, but you'll need to set up an account in person and get a players club card in the process.

DOUBLE CHECK YOUR BET SLIP

In case the betting teller misheard you and put in the wrong bet, it's vital to double check your betting slip after receiving it. While it's not likely your bet is wrong, you don't want to be cheering for a certain side and when you go back to the ticket window find out the bet you wanted isn't the one you have money on.

COLLECTING MONEY 

Collecting money from a winning bet online is automatic, but if you bet in person, you can easily get your winnings from the sportsbook where the bet was made. All you have to do is go to the betting window and they'll give you your winnings.

FREE DRINKS

A lot of people like free things and free drinks are a thing, but you'll need to bet a certain amount to receive drink tickets and it varies from casino to casino. It's rare to get drink tickets on just $50 of wagering, though there are places that may give you an initial drink ticket to keep you betting at that location.

DIFFERENT ODDS AT DIFFERENT SPORTSBOOKS

Not all sportsbooks are the same and it's not just how they look. While a lot of sportsbooks get their odds from the same place in Vegas, there are a lot of different options. For example, you may see the Saints moneyline at -180 at one sportsbook and -150 at another. The same goes for spread bets as in you could find Saints -6 at -110 at one place and -120 at another. 

Shopping odds is rarely something that can be fruitful for a non-professional bettor, but for those betting large sums of money, it can make a difference. Of course, if you're in Vegas to bet for fun on the weekend, there's no point to researching sportsbooks where you can get -110 odds as opposed to -120.

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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.