Official Betting Rules for Professional Sports

The official betting rules for professional sports leagues set forth how bets can be placed on games. These rules are enforced by the leagues and their licensed casinos, as well as state gaming regulators and sportsbook operators. Bettors who place bets that violate these rules are considered to be engaging in unofficial betting, and the bets may not be honored.

Generally, the rules require that bettors be 21 years of age or older and have a valid state-issued ID to register for a sportsbook account. Depending on the specific sportsbook, it might also require that bettors meet minimum deposit and wager requirements before placing bets. Some states have a maximum amount of money that a person can bet per game, while others have a daily limit for the total amount that a person can bet over a certain period of time.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s PASPA ruling, many states began to offer legal sports betting. Illinois is one such state, and its retail sportsbooks launched in March 2020, with online and mobile options going live a month later. DraftKings, PointsBet and FanDuel are among the sportsbooks that have made their debut in Illinois.

New Jersey was another early mover, with the first bets placed in June 2019. The state quickly rolled out a full menu of sportsbooks and online options, including SugarHouse and DraftKings.

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