There are a variety of ways to place a wager on sports, but there is a big difference between placing an official bet and placing an unofficial bet. Generally speaking, official betting is a good way to maximize your winnings, while unofficial betting can lead to a number of problems for both the sportsbook and you as a customer.

Legality of Official Betting in the United States: a Guide for Online Gamblers

The sports betting industry is growing rapidly, with more than 20 states now offering legalized sports gambling options. However, each state has its own rules and regulations, as well as a specific market in which it is operating. While some states have regulated their sports markets and have begun to take wagers, others have not budged on their stances against the betting industry.

Arizona: In April 2021, the state legalized sports betting and launched its first official sportsbook. In-state pro and collegiate team betting is allowed.

Iowa: In 2019, the state legalized sports betting, and many online and mobile sportsbooks have already started taking bets. The law allows betting on in-state collegiate games, but player prop bets are prohibited.

Kansas: In July 2022, the state began offering online and mobile sports betting. The state signed a six-year contract with DraftKings, and the company has a number of wagering options available.

New Hampshire: In 2020, the state legalized sports betting and started accepting wagers. The state is also partnering with DraftKings on a sportsbook app and mobile platform.