Long prohibited throughout most of the country, sports betting is becoming a new norm in the US--a welcome development for legions of fans, casino goers, and odds watchers who had very little prior opportunity to wager on games from outside Nevada.
photo Keith Allison
While the rapid availability of sports betting may seem sudden, various forces within the entertainment industries have fought for years to open US markets.
In what history will likely view as a landmark ruling, the US Supreme Court decided in May 2018 to overturn PASPA, a law that previously banned betting on single-game contests. The ruling effectively ended the national prohibition on sports betting, giving each state the right to craft its own laws on the matter.
Where Is Sports Betting Legal in the US?
Ten states in the US have implemented active sports betting markets as of August 2019: Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Arkansas, New York, and New Mexico.
Nevada first allowed sports betting in 1949. The state was long-exempt from national prohibition.
The new laws are not uniform among sports betting states. Each state enacts its own rules, and online betting is not ubiquitous.
For example, Mississippi only allows sports betting at land-based and riverboat casinos. In New Mexico, sportsbooks are available exclusively at casinos operated by Native American tribes.
You should consult the betting laws where you live before placing any wagers.
Illinois, Montana, Iowa, Indiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Washington, D.C. have approved sports betting measures, but don’t yet have active availability for bettors.
More than a third of the US will offer some variety of sports betting by the time markets open in these states.
Where Can I Bet On Sports?
There are two places where sports bettors in the US can place wagers--at casinos and online.
As previously discussed, residents in some states may only have the option of betting at casinos. If this rule applies to you, why not consider planning a fun-filled sports betting trip to a casino in your state?
A slew of sportsbooks and odds sites exist for those residing in states with online sports betting.
Sites that previously operated as fantasy sports platforms are now free to take bets.
Other sportsbooks are emerging from partnerships forged by media companies and established players in the gambling industry. Among the most notable in this class is FOX Bet, a sports betting and content platform from FOX Sports and The Stars Group. FOX Bet is open for business this fall.
Always ensure you’re betting with a licensed and regulated sportsbook when you wager online. The site should also provide player protection mechanisms, meet modern web encryption standards, and offer promotional bonuses.
Can I Bet On Women’s Sports?
The ability to bet on women’s sports lags behind men’s sports, but there’s good news.
US Sportsbooks regularly add women’s leagues, events, and tournaments. For example, many sportsbooks took bets on the recent 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Betting is also available for the following women’s sports in the US.
WTA tennis tournaments
LPGA Golf Tournaments
NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament (March Madness)
NCAA softball tournament
People interested in wagering on women’s sports are advised to check around with the growing number of betting providers to find odds and betting opportunities.
Thanks to the overturn of PASPA by the Supreme Court, sports betting opportunities are emerging around the US faster than anyone could have imagined a few years ago. Ten states currently boast active betting markets, while six others and Washington, D.C. will soon. Additional states appear on the cusp of adopting pro-sports betting legislation.
The rapid change around sports betting laws and ideology is leading to an influx of betting providers and exciting opportunities to wager on women’s sports.