Sports Betting Q&A
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Who benefits from sports betting?

Sports betting not only benefits each state, but it also gives fans another way to enjoy games.

Most people who follow sports are interested in sports betting because it adds another dimension to games and it gives fans something else to cheer for. Legalized sports betting makes things safer for everyone interested.

The States

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was struck down because of the money. Nevada makes hundreds of millions of dollars per month from sports betting revenue and it only made sense for other states to join the business. When sports betting was illegal, states weren't making any money from it because it wasn't offered.

Following the repeal of PASPA, each state could pass laws and add legislation to allow sports betting within their borders. Along with sports betting comes money as states are allowed to tax sportsbooks as they see fit. This new form of revenue for states can go to any number of areas from schools and health clinics to construction and road work.

Legalized sports betting also leads to more regulation and the ability for states to offer help to those suffering from addiction. If you're a casual bettor and find no joy in betting on sports, it may be best to stop wagering. If it's become an issue, there are numerous resources that can help across the country. There are online guides, readily available access to addiction centers and a National Problem Gambling Helpline.

The People

While sports betting is fun and profitable for states, legalized action also adds new jobs at casinos and standalone sportsbooks for oddsmakers, analysts, cashiers and security. Everyone likes new jobs, especially ones that require a physical presence.

Instead of fans flocking to offshore betting sites when they can't go to Nevada to bet on sports, legalized sports betting brings wagering to the people. Betting legally at physical locations is more fun than what was possible prior to the repeal of PASPA in 2018. Plus, bettors don't have to worry about receiving winnings because betting is regulated.

Sports betting can turn into a career and be taken seriously or it can be used as something friends do together for a night out or for an NFL Sunday together. Since most bettors aren't professionals, the latter option is the more popular choice. Betting on sports adds a little something else to cheer for when watching games with friends, or even when watching at home.

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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.