Can You Make Sports Bets Online?
Recently updated on July 15th, 2020
Yes, you certainly can! The United States celebrates 2 years of legal sports bets online. In May 2018, the Supreme Court overruled the PASPA law which prohibited betting on a single sports game or event. Each state that has sportsbooks can set their own rules and ways of governance when it comes to sports betting. The only body that can overpower its decisions is Congress.
Sports bettors can visit an online casino and make bets directly on the website, or they can download the sportsbook app and make wagers on their mobile devices. But, not all states that offer sports betting allows this. While some casinos give players the freedom to place wagers however they like, some casinos prefer that you bet inside a casino only.
You have to also remember that not all states in the US have legalized sports betting, and just because you’ve downloaded the app in a legal state, doesn’t mean you’ll be able to play in a non-legal state. Smartphone apps first verify your location to check if you are in an area that permits online sports betting. You will be rejected by the site if you aren’t.
States That Allow Sports Bets Online
Fortunately, players in the USA have many options if they want to make sports bets online. All the sports betting states include New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Indiana, Nevada, Mississippi, Iowa, Rhode Island, Illinois, Michigan and Tennessee.
New Jersey is a gambling hotspot with over 13 sports books to choose from in the state to date. Other hotspots are Nevada, Michigan and Rhode Island.
Sports Leagues and Their Take on Sports Betting
Sports leagues themselves are fragmented when it comes to believing in betting on sports events. In the US you get the following leagues:
- PGA Tour
While the NBA, NHL and PGA Tour are all in favour of online sports betting, the other sporting events are either sensitive to the idea, or opposes it completely. There have always been questions about the morality of online sports betting and online gambling in general, therefore not all states agree with offering the services to its players.