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Sports Betting Legal

Legal sports betting is here in the United States. After the US Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on wagering outside Nevada in 2018, states started to move quickly to legalize and regulate sports wagering. Read on for more information about legal US sports betting. Bovada covers all the major sports. They offering straight bets, teasers, if bets parlays, futures, and props on just about any sport. This makes Bovada one of the best Online sports betting sites. BetOnline is great for sports.

Sports Betting Legalized In The United States

After New Jersey's Supreme Court victory in May 2018, any state that wishes can legalize sports betting.

At the same time various state lawmakers are considering sports betting legislation, Congress is too. Senators Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and now-retired Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, co-introduced comprehensive sports betting legislation at the end of 2018. On Sept. 27, 2018 the House Judiciary Committee held a formal hearing on the topic.

The dual track of proposals -- state and federal -- have increased in frequency since the start of 2017.

To measure the change in the landscape, we ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of how likely it is for each jurisdiction to offer full-scale legal sports betting. A brief synopsis for the active states is included, with updates to follow.

Last updated on November 3, 2020.

Already there

1. Nevada

No longer the only state to permit a wide variety of legal sports betting, Nevada is a mature market that has existed for decades. Given its long history in successfully offering regulated sports wagering, many states might look to Nevada for best practices.

Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile
Notable prohibitions: None
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 223
Population: 3,034,392 (2,246,259 21+)

2. Delaware

On June 5, 2018, Delaware moved to offer single-game betting on a number of different sports at three casinos in the state. Expanded sports wagering options could take place at additional locations or online. Delaware's authorization of what Gov. John Carney described as 'a full-scale sports gaming operation' happened less than a month after the Supreme Court ruled that the federal law restricting single-game betting to Nevada was unconstitutional.

Type of wagering permitted: In-person
Notable prohibitions: No betting on games involving in-state college teams
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 3
Population: 967,171 (726,161 21+)

3. New Jersey

On June 11, 2018, Gov. Phil Murphy signed the sports betting bill that had passed the previous week. A William Hill sportsbook at Monmouth Park took the first bets on Thursday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m. ET. Gov. Murphy was the first customer in line. The Borgata in Atlantic City booked sports bets 30 minutes later. Other sportsbooks in New Jersey opened soon thereafter. For example, FanDuel's first sportsbook at the Meadowlands opened its doors on July 14.

Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile
Notable prohibitions: No betting on games involving in-state college teams and collegiate events held within the state
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 9
Population: 8,908,520 (6,634,683 21+)

4. Mississippi

Two casinos owned by MGM Resorts booked their first sports bets in Mississippi on Aug. 1, 2018. Mississippi enacted a new law in 2017 that allowed for sports betting pending a favorable decision by the Supreme Court. In June 2018, the Mississippi Gaming Commission adopted implementing regulations that require all betting to take place in person, with mobile wagering to be considered later.

Type of wagering permitted: In-person
Notable prohibitions: None
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 29
Population: 2,986,530 (2,153,795 21+)

5. West Virginia

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On Aug. 30, 2018, West Virginia became the fifth state to offer legal and regulated sports betting when the Hollywood Casino -- a sportsbook owned by Penn National -- opened its doors. The move came six months after the West Virginia legislature passed a new bill with the West Virginia Lottery Commission serving as the chief regulator.

Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile
Notable prohibitions: None
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 5
Population: 1,805,832 (1,375,788 21+)

6. New Mexico

On Oct. 16, 2018, the Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel booked its first sports bet in partnership with Nevada-based USBookmaking. Although New Mexico has not passed any new sports betting legislation since the Supreme Court's decision, the move by the Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel was made via a gaming compact with the state. According to Nedra Darling, spokeswoman at the Department of the Interior's Office of Indian Affairs -- the federal agency in Washington, DC that oversees tribal gaming compacts -- the New Mexico compacts permit 'any or all forms of Class III Gaming,' a category in the federal regulations that specifically includes '[a]ny sports betting and pari-mutuel wagering.'

Type of wagering permitted: In-person
Notable prohibitions: No betting on games involving in-state college teams
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 32
Population: 2,095,428 (1,529,540 21+)

7. Pennsylvania

The Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course booked the first legal sports bets in Pennsylvania in mid-November 2018. The move came just over a year after Gov. Tom Wolf signed a new sports betting bill as part of a broad legislation push that included online poker and DFS. The October 2017 bill became effective after the Supreme Court's May 2018 ruling upending the federal ban on single-game betting outside of Nevada.

Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile
Notable prohibitions: None
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 12
Population: 12,807,060 (9,645,705 21+)

8. Rhode Island

The Twin River Casino in Lincoln opened its doors for legal sports betting on Nov. 26, 2018. The move came five months after Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the state budget, which included language allowing sports betting. Only two locations would be allowed to offer sports betting under the law, with the state's lottery providing regulatory oversight. In early 2019, the law was tweaked to provide for mobile betting.

Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile
Notable prohibitions: No betting on games involving in-state college teams
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 2
Population: 1,057,315 (800,838 21+)

9. Arkansas

On July 1, 2019, the Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort booked the first legal sports bets in Arkansas. Two other retail locations opened sportsbooks in the subsequent months. Sports betting is regulated by the Arkansas Racing Commission.

Type of wagering permitted: In-person
Notable prohibitions: No betting on games involving in-state college teams
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 3
Population: 3,013,825 (2,191,256 21+)

10. New York

On July 16, 2019, the first legal sports bets were placed in New York. J. Gary Pretlow -- a New York lawmaker and chair of the state's racing and wagering committee -- was among the first to place a wager at the Rivers Casino in Schenectady. The opening of a legal sportsbook came six years after New York passed a law to allow sports betting at four on-site locations, all in upstate New York. After lying dormant for years, the law was revived after the Supreme Court ruling in 2018 and the issuance of regulations earlier this year. The current law does not allow for mobile wagering.

Type of wagering permitted: In-person
Notable prohibitions: No betting on games involving in-state college teams
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 28
Population: 19,542,209 (14,724,807 21+)

11. Iowa

Legal sports betting arrived in Iowa on Aug. 15, with multiple operators all opening their doors to customers on the first day. The move came three months after Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into a law a comprehensive bill to legalize sports betting in the Hawkeye State. Operators must pay a $45,000 licensing fee and there is a 6.75 percent tax on revenue. The new law permits mobile wagering. Betting on college sports is permitted, but certain kinds of in-game prop bets involving college games are banned. The new law bestows the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission with authority to regulate sports betting.

Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile
Notable prohibitions: No prop betting on in-state college athletics
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 23
Population: 3,156,145 (2,286,374 21+)

12. Oregon

Legal sports betting returned to Oregon on Aug. 27 after a long hiatus, with the first bets booked on-site at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City. Oregon is one of a small number of states that already had a law on the books permitting some forms of sports betting, so the resumption of wagering did not require the legislature to pass any new law or have the governor amend an existing tribal-state compact. In mid-October, mobile sports betting arrived in Oregon too, with the state-run lottery overseeing the launch of a new website and app.

Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile
Notable prohibitions: None at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort, but sportsbook operated by the Oregon Lottery does not permit betting on games involving in-state colleges
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 10
Population: 4,190,713 (3,167,912 21+)

13. Indiana

Legal sports betting opened up at a number of locations in Indiana on Sept. 1. The Indiana Gaming Commission oversees all sports betting regulations and has issued licenses to operators across the state. Wagering on both college and pro sports is permitted, but betting on esports and high school sports is banned. Indiana's new law allows for both mobile and in-person wagering. Regulations permit sports leagues or colleges to request 'to utilize a geofence to prohibit wagers at the location of a particular sporting event.'

Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile
Notable prohibitions: No prop betting on in-state college athletics
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 14
Population: 6,691,878 (4,842,337 21+)

14. New Hampshire

Governor Chris Sununo placed the ceremonial first legal sports wager -- on the New England Patriots -- in New Hampshire on Dec. 30, 2019. The state's lottery is in charge of regulatory of regulatory oversight. Both retail and mobile sports betting will be permitted on a wide variety of sports, although no betting on New Hampshire's in-state colleges is allowed.

Type of wagering permitted: Mobile
Notable prohibitions: No betting on in-state colleges
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 0
Population: 1,356,458 (1,042,882 21+)

15. Illinois

Legal sports betting arrived in Illinois on March 9, 2020. The move came less than a year after the Illinois legislature passed a broad gaming bill that allowed for both online and in-person sports betting. With Governor J.B. Pritzker's signature, the new law also provided for betting on-location at venues such as Wrigley Field. Operators and certain data providers are required to obtain a license under the new law.

Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile
Notable prohibitions: No wagering on minor leagues or Illinois college teams
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 10
Population: 12,741,080 (9,391,158 21+)

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16. Michigan

Legal sports betting in Michigan commenced on March 11, 2020, with two Detroit-area casinos launching on the same day. The move came less than three months after Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the 'Lawful Sports Betting Act' into law. The new law provides for wagering on a wide variety of sports, including college contests.

Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile
Notable prohibitions: None
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 27
Population: 9.995,915 (7,428,72721+)

17. Montana

Legal sports betting arrived in Montana in March 2020. The move came after Governor Steve Bullock formally signed into law a 28-page bill that brought sports wagering to Big Sky country via the state's lottery. Governor Bullock cited the Montana Lottery's 'proven track record of responsibility and integrity' when signing the bill.

Type of wagering permitted: In-person
Notable prohibitions: None
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 13
Population: 1,062,305 (793,151 21+)

18. Colorado

May 1, 2020 marked the launch of legal sports betting in Colorado, with multiple operators allowing residents to open accounts online and place wagers. The move came less than six months after Colorado voters -- by a narrow margin -- approved a ballot measure that would provide 'for the regulation of sports betting through licensed casinos.' Both mobile and retail sports betting are permitted. Tax revenue from sports betting will help fund various state water projects.

Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile
Notable prohibitions: None
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019): 35
Population: 5,695,564 (4,210,663.00 21+)

19. Washington, D.C.

In June 2020, the D.C. Lottery launched its 'GameBetDC' platform allowing consumers 'to wager while in the District on major sports worldwide' via computer or mobile device. Sports betting in nation's capital followed the passage of the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018 and a Congressional review period during which time Congress did not formally object. The Office of Lottery and Gaming provides regulatory oversight of all sports wagering in D.C.

Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile
Notable prohibitions:No betting on games involving colleges located in D.C.
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019):None
Population: 705,749

20. Tennessee

Regulated sports wagering -- all online -- launched on November 1, 2020 in Tennessee with four licensed operators offering a wide variety of options. The 'Tennessee Sports Gaming Act' permits statewide mobile sports betting without any brick-and-mortar anchor. As such, there are no in-person retail sports betting locations in the state. Subject to an exception, Tennessee's new law requires all licensed operators to 'exclusively use official league data for purposes of live betting.'

Type of wagering permitted: Mobile only
Notable prohibitions:None
Number of casinos (as of Dec. 31, 2019):None
Population: 6,829,174

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21. North Carolina

On July 26, 2019, Governor Roy Cooper signed into a law a bill to 'allow sports and horse race wagering on tribal lands,' with such betting designated as a 'Class III' gaming activity under the state compact. The new law permits betting on both college and professional sports, but all bettors must place their wagers in-person at one of two retail locations.

22. Washington

Governor Jay Inslee signed Washington's sports betting bill into law on March 25, 2020. The new law permits sports wagering at Class III tribal casinos in the state. Mobile sports wagering is not allowed statewide, but is permitted when on-site at a licensed tribal casino. Betting on an 'esports competition or event' is allowed, but the new law bans wagering on games involving in-state colleges or minor league professional events. The new bill delegates regulatory oversight to the Washington State Gambling Commission.

23. Virginia

After some back-and-forth between Governor Ralph Northam and the legislature, legalized sports wagering was approved in the Commonwealth of Virginia in April 2020. Online betting is allowed, but wagering is not permitted on Virginia-based college sports or certain youth sports.

24. Maryland

In November 2020, Maryland voters approved 'sports and events betting for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education' by about a 2-1 margin. A regulatory framework must be created by Maryland lawmakers before any sports wagering takes place. The Maryland referendum would potentially allow for both in-person and mobile sports betting throughout the state.

25. South Dakota

On November 3, 2020, voters in South Dakota approved a ballot measure permitting 'sports wagering in Deadwood.' Other tribal locations in South Dakota could see the arrival of regulated sports betting too. State lawmakers must now establish a regulatory apparatus and tax rate for legalized sports wagering.

26. Louisiana

In November 2020, voters in the vast majority of Louisiana's 64 parishes approved a ballot measure permitting 'sports wagering activities and operations.' As a result, regulated sports wagering could come to New Orleans and certain other cities as early as 2021. Lawmakers will be tasked with setting up a regulatory scheme during an upcoming state legislative session.

Moving toward legalization

All of these states have seen some degree of legislative activity towards the legalization of sports betting the past few years.

27. Oklahoma

In April 2020, two federally-recognized tribes reached agreement with Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on new gaming compacts that include sports betting. On June 8, 2020, Governor Stitt announced that the Department of the Interior had approved the compacts, paving the way for sports betting to start in Oklahoma as soon as the 'compacts are published in the Federal Register.' A bipartisan group of state lawmakers, along with Oklahoma's attorney general, have expressed opposition to the expansion of sports betting in Oklahoma and the prospect of legalized sports wagering remains uncertain.

28. Maine

On the last day of the state's 2019 legislative session -- June 19 -- Maine lawmakers passed 'An Act to Ensure Proper Oversight of Sports Betting in the State.' Shortly thereafter, the governor vetoed the bill. The legislature could re-introduce the bill later.

29. Nebraska

On November 3, 2020, Nebraska voters approved certain amendments to its state constitution legalizing 'all games of chance.' If the new constitutional amendments are construed to include wagering on sporting events, legalized sports betting could arrive in Nebraska upon the establishment of certain regulations.

30. Connecticut

31. Kentucky

32. Massachusetts

33. Minnesota

34. Missouri

35. Kansas

36. South Carolina

37. California

39. Ohio

40. Arizona

41. Hawaii

42. Texas

43. Georgia

44. Vermont

45. Alabama

46. Florida

47. Alaska

48. Wyoming

No legalization activity .. yet

49-50. Idaho and Wisconsin

These states have not had any publicly-announced bills devoted to sports betting legalization.

Unlikely

51. Utah

Utah's anti-gambling stance is written into the state's constitution. Any change to existing state policy toward gambling would be a massive departure from decades of opposition to any form of gambling, including lottery tickets, table games and sports betting.

With every state in the U.S. now eligible to offer sports betting, we take a look around the world at countries where gambling is legal (and also where it is not) to find out what impact it has had culturally and economically.

Argentina

Is gambling legal? Yes, but only for horse racing.

Year legal gambling was established: Gambling on horses began as far back as the 1880's. Argentina banned betting on soccer results in 2018. It had previously been a lottery system run by the government, which was established in 1971, banned in 1998 and established again in 2000.

Which sports are eligible? With soccer banned, it is only horse racing.

Betting parlors or online? The country is working on an online betting system that could be approved after this summer's World Cup. For horse racing, it is legal only at the track or in designated betting agencies, no online gambling is allowed.

Betting ads permitted on team kits/stadiums? No.

How much money is gambled each year? Figures not attainable.

What positive effects have resulted from sports gambling in Argentina? The revenue from the old lottery system was distributed 45 percent in prizes, 25 percent for regional leagues, 16.5 percent marketing and 13.5 percent for AFA and the Ministry of Sports.

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Australia

Is gambling legal? Yes.

Year legal gambling was established: On-track race betting was made legal in 1810, with overall sports betting following in 1980.

Which sports are eligible? There are very few sports you can't bet on in Australia. Most professional events are fair game.

Betting parlors or online? Both.

Betting ads permitted on team kits/stadiums? Yes.

Any restrictions? The main restrictions in Australia come in terms of in-game advertising on television and radio during certain times so as to protect children from a flood of gambling promotion. The timings and what is allowed varies from half-an-hour before a sporting event begins right through to the final five minutes before commencement. A code of practice has been introduced by the government.

How much money is gambled each year? According to Roy Morgan research, sports betting accounted for roughly 25 percent of the money Australians gambled in 2017. Of that, more than half is wagered on the major codes in rugby league and Aussie rules football.

Statistics from the 2015-16 financial year showed sports betting expenditure in Australia increased from AUS$815 million ($609m) to AUS$921m ($690m).

What issues have resulted from sports gambling in Australia? There have been several incidents in Australian sport where the proliferation of gambling, and the problems it can create, has been brought into question. The National Rugby League (NRL) has had two high-profile incidents in recent times. Former Canterbury-Bankstown player Ryan Tandy was found guilty of match fixing in 2010 and banned for life. Tandy was found dead in 2014 after an apparent drug overdose. Last year, Wests Tigers player Tim Simona was banned for life from the NRL after he was found to have placed bets against his own team on multiple occasions.

In Aussie rules, former Collingwood players Nick Maxwell and Heath Shaw were fined and suspended back in 2011 after an investigation discovered they had shared inside information with friends and family.

Tennis has also been affected with Australian Nick Lindahl banned for seven years and fined AUS$47,580 ($35,597) for match fixing.

What positive effects have resulted from sports gambling in Australia?

Sports betting has opened up a relatively new revenue stream for government taxation but the debate continues as to whether the cost of gambling is too great on the wider community. Much of that has to do with a belief that children are far too exposed to gambling advertising, so much so that kids now consider gambling an inherit part of the sporting contest itself.

Brazil

Is gambling legal? No.

Year it was established: Gambling has been banned in Brazil since 1946.

Betting parlors or online? There is no online betting in the country, but it is possible to make online bets through foreign sites.

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Betting ads permitted on team kits/stadiums? Yes, but since there are no local betting companies, it is unusual.

How much money is gambled each year? Estimates suggest Brazilians spend around four billion Reais ($1bn) a year in foreign online betting.

What issues have resulted from sports gambling in Brazil? There has been suspicion of match fixing in third-division matches.

Ghana

Is gambling legal? Yes.

Year legal gambling was established: 1960.

Tvg horse racing app android. Which sports are eligible? All sports.

Betting parlors or online? Both.

Betting ads permitted on team kits/stadiums? Yes.

What issues have resulted from sports gambling in Ghana? Addiction among young people and a sense that it targets the most vulnerable and poor in society. Most parlors are situated in the poorest neighbourhoods.

What positive effects have resulted from sports gambling in Ghana? Employment plus a steady source of income for cash-strapped local football clubs through sponsorship. There has also been a significant boost to advertising in media with major sports shows on TV sponsored by betting companies.

India

Is gambling legal? It depends what state you are in. Forms of gambling are selectively allowed through horse racing, lotteries and casino gambling. Each state in the country has separate legislations on gambling. In some states, gambling is an offence and in others lotteries are banned.

Year legal gambling was established: There is an 1867 British law called the Public Gambling Act which had stated, 'nothing in this Act shall apply to games of mere skill wherever played' and it is from there that amendments and variations around the law operate. In 1998, the Central Lotteries (Regulation) Act allowed state governments to conduct lotteries, to a maximum of one draw a week and the states then made their own laws around their specific lotteries. Thirteen of 29 Indian states have legalized lotteries.

Which sports are eligible? Horse racing (there are nine courses in India formally run by the turf authorities), lotteries and casinos (but selectively allowed only in a handful of states and union territories -- Sikkim, Goa and the union territory of Daman & Diu).

Betting parlors or online? Betting parlors are illegal, while online gambling is unregulated -- only one state, Sikkim, has a regulatory law on online gambling. India's illegal betting market is vast. A poker league has just concluded its second season in Goa.

Betting ads permitted on team kits/stadiums? No.

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Any restrictions? The only legal betting allowed as mentioned earlier is in horse racing, lotteries and casinos. There is a large underground betting market that is in operation, the biggest being on cricket matches.

How much money is gambled each year? According to an estimate by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce cited in various sources, the Indian betting market is said to be worth $60 billion, with cricket betting accounting for 80 percent.

What issues have resulted from sports gambling in India? Underground betting in cricket has led to two very big scandals -- in 2000, involving South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje, and in 2013, when three players in cricket's IPL were arrested. The players were subsequently banned, but there has been a further spin-off from this, which still continues. The Supreme Court set up a committee to investigate the BCCI's administration and its structures, with a complete revamp being the conclusion and one which is still being contested.

What positive effects have resulted from sports gambling in India? Very few obvious positive effects.

Mexico

Is gambling legal? Yes.

Year legal gambling was established: 2004.

Which sports are eligible? All.

Betting parlors or online? Both.

Betting ads permitted on team kits/stadiums? Yes. Tijuana soccer team is owned and sponsored by Grupo Caliente, one of Mexico's biggest betting companies.

Any restrictions? No underage betting. The minimum age is 18.

Nigeria

Is gambling legal? Yes.

Year legal gambling was established: 2005, through the National Lottery Act which established the National Lottery Regulatory Commission.

Which sports are eligible? All.

Betting parlors or online? Both, but mostly online.

Betting ads permitted on team kits/stadiums? Not at the moment, but the domestic football league just signed a contract with 1XBet.

Any restrictions? No betting adverts on TV or radio.

How much money is gambled each year? An estimated $4.2 billion per annum.

What issues have resulted from sports gambling in Nigeria? Potential for addiction. More and more young people are crowding betting shops and these days it is becoming common to hear the phrase 'cut my ticket' referring to one or two results ruining a betting slip.

What positive effects have resulted from sports gambling in Nigeria? Perhaps the potential for higher revenues through taxation.

Philippines

Is gambling legal? Yes.

Year legal gambling was established: There is one government regulatory body Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, which was established in 1976 or 1977 -- it largely seeks to regulate the casino business in the country.

Which sports are eligible? Horse racing, sweepstakes/lotteries.

Betting parlors or online? Both.

Betting ads permitted on team kits/stadiums? Yes.

Any restrictions? Only sweepstakes are allowed to advertise.

What issues have resulted from sports gambling in the Philippines? Illegal sports gambling, and a basketball player accused the PBA league of game fixing.

South Africa

Is gambling legal? Yes.

Year legal gambling was established: 1994 nationally (from the late 1970's in some Apartheid 'Homelands').

Which sports are eligible? Most, if not all.

Betting parlors or online? Both.

Betting ads permitted on team kits/stadiums? Yes. Some domestic cricket teams are sponsored by Hollywood Bets (Dolphins) and World Sports Betting (Cobras), while Cape Town City FC are sponsored by SportPesa.

Any restrictions? Every ad for a betting company or lottery on radio or TV must be accompanied by a Gambler's Anonymous-type message, directing people concerned to a helpline. Even local fictionional TV shows that mention a gambling storyline will carry an announcement at the end in a similar fashion.

How much money is gambled each year? Can't say for certain. Billions, surely.

What issues have resulted from sports gambling in South Africa? Addiction, including among women, poor people spending their pensions on the slot machines, corruption.

What positive effects have resulted from sports gambling in South Africa? Job creation and economic influx, especially from things like the Sun Met and Durban July horse races, not to mention casinos like Grand West, Sun City (massive, and one of the originals, even before the 1994 laws changed), and Carnival City.

United Kingdom

Is gambling legal? Yes.

Year legal gambling was established: 1961. Within six months of the law change, it is estimated 10,000 betting shops opened up.

Which sports are eligible? All sports.

Betting parlors or online? Both.

Betting ads permitted on team kits/stadiums? Yes.

Any restrictions? None. Betting can take place in stadiums -- most major sports venues have gambling partners who operate booths and/or roaming bet cashiers throughout the stadium.

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How much money is gambled each year? Gross Gambling Yield in the UK between April 2016 and March 2017 was £13.8bn ($18.7 billion), according to the industry regulator, the Gambling Commission. That is equivalent to £208.50 ($282.73) for every man, woman and child in the country.

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What issues have resulted from sports gambling in the UK? The Pakistan 'spot-fixing' trial involving the captain, Salman Butt, and the bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir was probably the biggest case in recent years, with each receiving custodial sentences. That arose from an undercover reporter's sting on the players and their agent. In 2009, a pan-European police inquiry found 200 matches, including 12 in the UEFA Europa League competition and three in the UEFA Champions League, to have been manipulated after players, coaches and match officials were bribed. Also in 2009, the Football Association banned and fined four players at Football League clubs for their alleged involvement in a fixed match.

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What positive effects have resulted from sports gambling in the UK? The Premier League is arguably the most widely viewed season-long domestic sports competition in the world and its commercial success is in part down to its attractiveness to sports betting. But on the governance side, the UK's long history of sports betting does mean it has been able to institute lots of good-practice measures. The 2005 Gambling Act forces bookmakers to share information of corrupt activity with sports authorities. Sports corruption is also a criminal offence under that act and the 2006 Fraud Act. Given the financial rewards, though, there will always be a strong incentive for match fixers to keep trying.