Sports Betting 101

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Whether you are betting on sports or playing a game of cards, there are several different forms of gambling. These include Parlay cards, Spread bets, and Roulette. The main goal of any gambling game is to win money, but there are several factors that come into play, including the legality of the game.


During the 1940s and 1960s, the Mafia controlled the sports betting industry. However, the Federal Wire Act of 1961, which was designed to prosecute casinos and sports books, outlawed interstate wagering on sports.

Sports betting became legal in Nevada and several other states in the United States. However, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), passed by Congress in the 1990s, barred most states from legalizing sports betting.

The US Supreme Court opened the door to sports betting by striking down PASPA in May 2018. The law was deemed unconstitutional, as it violated the 10th Amendment.

The Supreme Court also ruled that states can decide whether they will allow sports betting. This allowed the states of Indiana, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to start accepting wagers in person.

Spread bets

Choosing the right type of bet is crucial. There are many different types of wagers available to choose from, including moneyline and point spread bets. You should also consider your style of play when choosing a wager.

The most basic type of bet is the money line bet. In this type of bet, you simply select the team you believe will win the game. A money line bet is not as lucrative as a spread bet, but it’s a good choice for low-scoring sports such as basketball and hockey.

In addition to moneyline and point spread bets, you may also be able to place a bet on the total number of points scored in a game, the number of runs scored by a particular team in a football game, or the difference between the winner and second place finishers in a horse race. You may even be able to place a parlay bet, which is where you combine multiple bets on the same game.