Official betting is the term used to describe the legal sports wagering offered in states that have passed laws to regulate it. After PASPA was struck down by the Supreme Court, many states jumped on the bandwagon and began offering legal sports betting services. The most popular types of bets involve football, basketball and baseball, but there are a wide variety of specialized wagers available for fans of all kinds.

One of the first things new bettors need to learn is how to read the odds. The terms can be confusing at first, but once you gain a little experience you will find it easy to figure out the best bets to make and which side of the spread is likely to win.

The state of Oregon didn’t need to pass new legislation in order to offer legal sports betting, as it was already regulated through the state lottery. The Beaver State launched its sportsbook in May 2020 and offers a mobile app as well as in-person betting options at the Oregon state capitol. In-state collegiate sports and player prop bets are prohibited, as are bets placed on NBA games or the NBA summer league, G-League, or Basketball Africa League. The NFL has also taken steps to make it easier for sportsbooks to spot unauthorized bets by beefing up technology and working with integrity firms to identify suspicious activity. In addition, the league has added in-house personnel to monitor activity at sportsbooks and at stadiums.