Official Betting

Official betting is the act of placing a bet on the result of a game or event. This can include over/under totals, point spreads and moneyline bets. The Over/Under total for a basketball game, for example, might be 48 points. If you think the game will be a close, low-scoring contest, place your bet on the Over. If you expect a blowout, bet on the Under.

The NHL hasn’t taken a stand on sports betting but does offer sponsorships with betting partners like William Hill and MGM Resorts International, who also provide real-time betting data. Other professional clubs with stadiums in states where legal betting exists have similar deals.

NBA players can place bets on non-NFL events, but may not do so from team or league facilities or when they’re on the road with their teams. The players’ union has a clause in its contracts that says they must acknowledge league rules governing gambling, and officials have the power to suspend any player who breaks those rules.

New Hampshire was among the first states to act following the Supreme Court ruling, with retail and online sportsbooks opening up in November 2019. BetRivers, PointsBet, DraftKings and FanDuel were among the first sportsbook apps to launch there. The state’s law tethers online betting to a licensed casino license holder, with each licensee permitted up to three sportsbook sites.

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