How to Find a Legal Sportsbook


Before you place your bets at an online sportsbook, there are a few things you should consider. These include the number of sporting events a sportsbook offers, legality, and the sportsbook’s Terms and Conditions. You should also consider the reputation of the sportsbook. You want to use a sportsbook that is known for treating customers fairly and paying out on time.

Legality of sports betting in the U.S.

The US Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on single-game wagering in 2018. Since then, nearly two-thirds of the states have legalized sports betting on in-person sportsbooks and mobile apps. While the Supreme Court’s decision opened up the legal sports betting market, states still have to decide how to regulate it. For example, North Carolina prohibits sports betting except in tribal casinos. However, New Mexico and Wisconsin have already legalized sports betting under an existing Class III gaming compact, while Mississippi has passed legislation that will allow sports betting online at licensed casinos.

While many states are wary of the controversial nature of sports betting, there are some promising signs. Illinois recently passed a bill that will allow sports betting in person and online. The law, signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker, allows betting in person at venues. Operators and certain data providers will need to get licenses from the state to conduct these activities.