Several states have a varying level of sports betting legalization. For example, in West Virginia, a retail sportsbook opened in September, but was quickly shut down after a dispute over technology. In December, DraftKings and FanDuel went live in West Virginia. The state has also legalized mobile sports betting. In April 2021, Wyoming will launch its first sportsbook app. However, the state’s sports betting industry will remain mostly online.
Before you get started, be sure to understand the basic terms in sports betting. There are two primary types of wagers: favorites and underdogs. In general, a favorite is more likely to win than an underdog. Obviously, a favorite is a better choice when placing a bet. In contrast, an underdog’s odds are lower, but the potential reward is much higher. The betting market is flooded with bets on both types of events, but a low-risk bet will not make you as rich as an underdog.
The NBA and MLB, along with the PGA Tour, have lobbied state legislatures to legalize sports betting. In January 2018, they drafted a “Model Legislation” that would enable legal betting in these states. While it is too early to tell what will happen on the federal level, states must decide which type of regulation is right for their state. For now, legalized sports betting in New Jersey is a good option for the public.