The 14th of May 2018 was a huge moment in the history of sports betting in the United States as the supreme court struck down a federal law that banned gambling in the country. The 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that barred state-authorized sports gambling (other than Nevada) was removed and some people were predicting that by 2023, at least 32 states would offer legalized sports betting.
The news was music to the ears of gambling brands, not only in the United States but around the world, as they gathered to offer their services as soon as states legalized sports betting. At the time of writing, there are several states where sports betting is legal, including Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
So, just two years after the lifting of the sports betting ban in the US, close to 75% of states have either legalized betting or introduced legislation to do so in the future. This is massive for the sports gambling industry and the biggest names are now in a battle to take it all in the legal sportsbook race.
You only have to look at the state of Indiana as an example, where you will now find seven sportsbooks are available. The DraftKings Sportsbook app was one of the first sportsbooks to go legal in the state of Indiana and the rapidly expanding operator is keen to offer their sports wagering service across the United States. For those who have played daily fantasy sports games in the US, the name DraftKings is nothing new and they have been at the forefront of online real money fantasy sports games for many years.
Therefore, it did not come as a surprise to see them develop a sportsbook app as soon as the opportunity became available in the US.
Having already gathered a strong following of real money fantasy sports players, DraftKings, along with FanDuel, was well-positioned to take full advantage of the change in legislation. For example, those who already have a DraftKings daily fantasy sports account can use the same details when logging into the DraftKings sportsbook app.
The app has received rave reviews in terms of design and navigation, and there are plenty of sports on which to wager. The sports include Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Darts, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Motorsports, Rugby Union, Soccer, and Tennis.
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In terms of bet types when using the DraftKings sportsbook you will find Point Spread, Money Line, Total Points, Match Betting, Futures, Player Props, Correct Score, Winning Margin, and many more.
DraftKings have certainly set their stall out to become the leading sportsbook, not only in Indiana, but the whole of the United States. However, they have plenty of competition in the race to become the number one legal sportsbook in the country. FanDuel, William Hill, Unibet, BetRivers, BetMGM, PointsBet, BetAmerica, and Caesars are all examples of high quality sportsbook apps now available in the US.