Historical Milestones of Online Sports Betting in the USA

Online sports betting in the United States began more than 150 years ago when the internet and online sportsbooks were introduced. The following is the historical milestones of online sports betting in the United States.

1860: U.S. Banned All Forms of Gambling

 After the revolutionary war, gambling had developed in the United States as a bad reputation associated with vice and corruption. Therefore, in 1860, the U.S. Federal Government imposed a ban on almost all forms of gambling, including betting on sports. The betting on horse-racing was excluded in the ban.

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However, the ban encouraged negative public opinions about gambling and also inspired organized crime to offer gambling services illegally.

1867-1890: U.S. Legalized Horse Race Betting

In 1867, the horse racing was regulated at the state-level in the United States. It was the first time horses racing was organized at Belmont Stakes. The races then took place at the Preakness Stakes in 1873 and the Kentucky Derby in 1875.

By 1890, there were more than 300 race tracks across the United States, affirming the American’s love of sports betting.

1910: U.S. Banned All Gambling Again

Early 20th century, the United States again banned all forms of gambling, including lotteries. By 1911, only about 30 race tracks still organized and solidified its position as the main option for sports betting in the country.

1931: Gambling Legalized in Nevada

After the Great Depression, the United States needed revenue. To accomplish key elements of the New Deal, namely the Hoover Dam, Franklin D. Roosevelt legalized gambling in Nevada.

1949: First Legal Sportsbook Launched in Las Vegas

In 1949, the first legal bookmakers were launched in Las Vegas and accepted bets on all sports, including horse racing. Called Turf Clubs, the sportsbooks operated independently of casinos. This was a big milestone in sports betting in the United States, marking the first time people could bet on sports events like horse racing without being at race tracks. (to be continue)

Top Football Betting Events in the United States

If you ask U.S. audiences about the biggest sports event in the American Football Calendar, most of them will answer the “Super Bowl,” of course. This football league is broadcasted across North America and becomes one of the most watch events in the region. The event results in a massive amount of bets in America and Canada.

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However, you can also bet on football matches on many different teams, all of which are in the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). Those make up the National Football League (NFL).

Types of American Football Bets

Should you consider making a bet on American football, you should choose one of the following types:

  • American Football Match Betting

This is the most popular type of betting on the U.S. football. It is a simple type as you pick out a team that you want to win and place the best. If the team wins, you do.

  • American Football Away Team Total Points

American Football Away Team Total Points is the more exotic type of wagers for those who are looking to get some of the best odds on any U.S. football wager. If you can predict the total scores of the Away Team, these types of bets are renowned for the massive payout odds. Because they can be hard to predict, the large odds are given.

  • American Football Total Points Betting

The football total points betting is another popular type of football betting in the United States. This type gives you a chance to guess the number of points throughout any match correctly. If it is correct, you will be rewarded with large winning odds.

Tips to bet on U.S. football

Before betting on football in the United States, you should take the following steps to ensure a high level of winning.

  • Paying more attention to transfers of players, the new contracts/ sign-ups, player suspension, and their injuries both before and during the seasons.
  • Spending much time on studying the recent three seasons and understand how the team you want to bet on has played.
  • Making use of the in-play betting on hedge your bets.

U.S. California Fails to Legalize Sports Betting-Waiting until 2022

The U.S. state of California has failed to legalize sports betting due to the massive opposition from the Native American gaming tribes.

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Accordingly, California’s state earlier proposed a bill to amend the constitution and permit the sports betting. The proposal was backed by several U.S. leagues such as the National Basketball Association, the Major League Baseball, and the National Football League.

However, the bill’s supporters had to withdraw the measure after tribal leaders run into fierce opposition. Such people were pushing a much limited version of betting and wanted to restrict activities to brick-and-mortar casinos and, among others, excluding online and mobile activities.

The sports betting measure is expected to revive in 2022. However, until that time, the expansion of the legal sports betting in the United States will be tightened without the inclusion of California with about 40 million residents.

Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to make their regulations on sports betting. Until now, 18 states have permitted some forms of such activity.

They are Nevada, Illinois, Oregon, New Jersey, Mississippi, New Mexico, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Arkansas, New York, Iowa, Indiana, New Hampshire, Michigan, Montana, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Colorado.

Like California, the 23 other states are waiting for voters to approve the laws on permitting the sports betting. They included Arizona, Alaska, Alabama, Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Louisiana, South Ohio, Hawaii, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Florida, and Wyoming.

According to a report released by PlayCA.com analyst Dustin Gouker last month, California is considered a holy grail of sport betting markets. If being legalized, the sports betting could bring over $30 billion in annual wages, $2 billion in revenue for the operators, and $300 million for the state budget.

48 U.S. States Legalizes, to Allow Sports Betting So Far

After the Supreme Court of the United States lifted the federal prohibit on sports betting on May 14, 2018, all states in the country are free to make their decisions whether they pass the legislation to legalize sports betting or not. Most of states have agreed with the allowance on sports betting. Until now, as many as 48 states have legalized or are scheduled to allow this activity.

Since the ruling, 18 states have legalized sports betting within their borders. They are Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Arkansas, New York, Iowa, Oregon, Indiana, New Hampshire, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, and Colorado.

Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., Tennessee, North Carolina, Washington, Virginia, Oklahoma, have signed a bill to pass the law on making sport betting legal. However, they are pending a launch date. Notably, having a launch date permit states to ensure all rulesare established and casinos are ready to go.

There are 24 states that still have to wait for the implementation of the laws on permitting the sports betting. They included Maine, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana, South Carolina, California, Ohio, North Dakota, Arizona, Hawaii, South Dakota, Texas, Georgia, Vermont, Alabama, Florida, Alaska, Wyoming, and Nebraska.

Until now, Idaho and Wisconsin have become the only states to have still prohibited full-blown sports betting. However, such laws would need to be adjusted or amended before full-scale sports wagering would be allowed. The two states have yet to announce any public bills devoted to the sports betting legalization.

Unlikely other states, the Utah government has writen the anti-gambling stance into the state’s constitution for decades. It has banned any forms of gambling, including table games and sports betting and even lottery tickets. Therefore, it would be a massive departure if the authority had made any change to this existing state policy.