What Is Official Betting?

Official betting is the process of placing a bet that has been formally accepted by the official bookmaker of the match or event you are betting on. The FA and the betting providers have systems that can detect any breach of FA betting rules, including match-fixing or passing on inside information, which is illegal. This can be done verbally, by email or in writing and includes transfer news, injury or team selection. The FA and the gambling companies can interview you, ask for itemised phone bills and betting account statements to help identify breaches.

The NBA, MLB and NHL have challenged New Jersey’s move to deregulate sports betting in the state by arguing that it violated their antitrust laws, but the Supreme Court has yet to rule on the issue. The leagues’ arguments were rejected in a lower court ruling, and an appeal to the Third Circuit was denied last year.

Connecticut legalized sports betting in 2021, with retail and online options launching the following month. The state’s online market rolled out in January 2022, with DraftKings, FanDuel, PlaySugarhouse and BetRivers all offering apps for bettors.

Illinois passed sports betting legislation in 2019 and went live with online and retail sportsbooks in March 2020, although a requirement that bettors register in-person at a physical location expired on April 5, 2021. The state’s sportsbook market is dominated by SugarHouse, with online options from DraftKings, BetRivers and PointsBet following. New York legalized sports betting in 2019, with retail options opening up at the state’s commercial and tribal casinos. The online sportsbook market launched in January 2022, with online sportsbooks from Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel and BetRivers launching first, followed by PointsBet and BetMGM.