After the Supreme Court ruled in favor of legal sports betting, professional leagues increased scrutiny of bets and their players. They partnered with integrity monitors, beefed up in-house technology and added security personnel. They also expanded their partnership with sportsbooks to give them more visibility into bets and the people placing them.
The most popular bets in ice hockey are on game, period and team total points. These are bets on how many points will be scored in a particular period or the total of goals scored in a game, excluding overtime and shootouts. These bets will only settle if at least one goal is scored. If a player is ejected from the game and therefore unable to play, all bets will stand except in markets where a bet on a particular player has been placed.
NFL playoff betting offers a unique once-a-year betting opportunity thanks to the structured format based on divisional seedings, conference winners and wildcard clinchers. The first round of the playoffs features four teams that will be matched up in games with new opponents each week. The winning team in each round then moves on to face the top-seeded team in the other bracket.
NFL betting is legal and regulated in Louisiana, which has 12 retail sportsbooks and plans to add 20 more state-operated casinos and racinos. The Pelican State also imposes a 25% federal tax on all sports bet winnings. The state’s 5% share of the money goes to public education.