The term “official betting” refers to wagering on events that are sanctioned by official governing bodies. These include events such as major sports leagues, PGA Tour events, golf tournaments and more. While there are certainly many different bets to make, it’s important for bettors to understand the rules and regulations around official betting before placing any wagers.

It’s also important to note that while bettors can place wagers on any number of different events, they are not allowed to bet on political races or the outcome of the United States presidential election. While there is plenty of buzz about betting odds for those races, it is illegal to do so at legal and regulated sportsbooks.

Iowa was among the first states to pass legislation and go live with legal sports betting, with retail and online options available in 2021. Players can register on a sportsbook app from anywhere in the state, and it’s possible for them to deposit and withdraw funds at any time. DraftKings, Caesars, PointsBet and BetRivers are among the sportsbook operators that are currently live in the state.

While the NHL doesn’t have the overall popularity of NFL or NBA games, it does have a loyal and passionate fan base that gets even more intense when the Stanley Cup playoffs roll around. The NHL also has a reputation for being a safe, fair and honest sport to bet on, which is helping it attract more fans.