The state of Massachusetts is a leader in pursuing sports betting legislation. A new bill is set to pass the state Senate in April 2022 that will pair with a bill passed by the House last year. The state must then pass a conference committee before sports betting becomes a reality in Massachusetts. In the meantime, a few states are taking note. The state of Kansas recently made it easier to legalize sports betting in its state. But Missouri failed to get its bill passed, as lawmakers could not come to an agreement with its local casinos.
The sportbook sets the total by predicting the combined score of the two teams. In other words, if the combined score of two teams is 66 points, the sportsbook sets the total at that number. Then, if the combined score is actually higher than 66 points, the winner would be the team with the most points. This is called an over/under bet. Aside from over/under betting, other forms of sports betting involve predicting the outcome of events and games.
Many states are now deciding whether or not to legalize sports betting. Some have already passed legislation and are in the process of enacting a bill to legalize the practice. However, others have fallen victim to political maneuvering by casino powers, resulting in a “head start” over online-only operators. In New Jersey, DraftKings and FanDuel dominate the market, while a stand-alone mobile or online sportsbook may not be able to compete with them.