Sports Betting Q&A
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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. Similar to gambling rules in general, each state has its own tax rules and rates.

In the below table, you can see the variety in tax rates across the country. Nevada is comfortable with a 6.75% rate because it's had legalized gambling for decades and knows how much money will be brought in. Other states like Illinois, Pennsylvania and Tennessee are new to the business and could drop tax rates in the future.

While Delaware, New Hampshire and Rhode Island are oddly high, their systems are a bit different than everyone else. New Hampshire decided on a monopoly grant to DraftKings, which remits 51% of gross revenue for online bets and 50% of in-person bets at casinos to the state lottery. Delaware and Rhode Island both have a revenue-sharing model where revenue is shared between state, casinos and operators.

Tax rates are built with the goal of getting each state enough revenue to deem sports betting worthwhile. While tax rates don't directly affect the odds, they can come into play and that's why odds you may see in Nevada are different than in other states. 

StateTax Rate
Arkansas13% of first $150 million in receipts, then 20%
Colorado10% of revenue
Delaware50% of revenue
Illinois15% of revenue
Indiana9.5% of revenue
Iowa6.75% of revenue
Michigan8.4% of revenue
Mississippi12% of revenue
MontanaLottery collects revenue minus expenses
Nevada6.75% of revenue
New Hampshire51% online; 50% retail
New Jersey8.5% of land-based revenue; 13% of online revenue
New MexicoTribal Lands
New York8.5% on land-based revenue; 12% on online revenue
North CarolinaTribal Lands
Pennsylvania34% of revenue
Rhode Island51% of revenue
Tennessee20% of revenue
Washington D.C.10 % of revenue
West Virginia10% of revenue

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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.
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.
What are some popular sports betting books?
BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet are some of the more popular sportsbooks where sports betting is legal.
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.