With sports betting becoming more and more mainstream it seems like every week a new state is passing legislation to legalize betting within state lines. This is going to be a rapidly evolving space which is why we are making sure you have all the information you need regardless of where you live. We have broken down the betting landscape for all 50 states so that you can find out if your state has any legalized betting, or where they are at in the process. Keep in mind this is a fluid situation that will be changing on the fly as more and more states decide to enter the sports betting landscape. here are the five things you need to know about Hawaii sports betting and HI sports betting apps.
1) Is Hawaii Sports Betting Legal?
Unfortunately, this is one of the least likely states to ever get sports betting as Hawaii is just one of two states without gambling of any kind. They do not even have the lottery so the appetite for passing a bill seems unlikely in the near future. There was a proposal in early 2019 to create a Hawaii Sports Wagering Corporation that would oversee future betting, but there doesn’t seem to be much movement on the issue.
As previously mentioned, Hawaiian gamblers do not have access to any legal sports betting sites. Their only option is to wager through offshore betting sites that accept players from the United States. While betting with these sites isn’t technically illegal, it is risky. These sites aren’t regulated by the U.S. which can be a problem if you run into any issues.
2) What Bills are Currently Before the State Legislature?
With how strict the state is with gambling and wagering in any form, it comes as no surprise that there are currently no bills before the state legislature to change that.
Hawaii is one of two states (Utah being the other) that strictly prohibits gambling, which, sadly, includes daily fantasy sports (so no DraftKings, FanDuel, SuperDraft, etc.), racetracks and all types of sports betting. The state also doesn’t allow tribal casinos, charitable gaming, or any kind of casino gambling. They don’t even have a state lottery.
Though there has been federal legislation passed recently that could’ve opened the door for Hawaii to legalize sports betting in the state, the current outlook looks pretty dire.
3) What are the Next Steps for HI Sports Betting?
It will likely be baby steps, if anything. As previously outlined, the harsh restrictions on betting and gambling make it quite tough to get any traction going. So, any step would be the first step in Hawaii.
4) What are the Most Popular Teams to Bet on in HI?
With no professional sports teams being located in Hawaii, it seems most of the play would go on the state’s college football team. With some success in the recent past, the program draws decent interest and it would likely be the lone local program to get much handle.
Outside of the state, being close to California and its slew of professional squads, it’s the next most likely option. So, that leaves the big teams in the four major sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) that would get most of the love.
5) Is There Anything Else to Know About Hawaii Sports Betting?
In 2010 and 2011 Hawaii considered, but ultimately denied two casino-related changes. First, they discussed opening a land-based casino in Waikiki. Then they debated legalizing poker by virtue of defining it a game of skill rather than chance and, therefore, not gambling.
As of 2018, Hawaii and every other state in the US was given a huge opportunity to legalize sports gambling.
The US Supreme Court found in favor of New Jersey in their lawsuit to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. PASPA had been in place since 1992 and banned sports gambling in all states with the main exception of Nevada. When SCOTUS repealed PASPA, each state was given the authority to decide their own rules for governing sports betting within their jurisdiction. Many states have already moved towards legalization with a handful already accepting legal bets.
For Hawaii, however, it may take some time to see any changes. One motivating factor may come in the form of other states earning large amounts of tax revenue after legalizing it.
What are the Most Common Types of Bets I Can Make in Hawaii?
This is the most common bet type and it is just a straight up single bet on a game. A point spread is determined by the oddsmakers with one team being favored by a certain amount of points. Let’s take a look at an example line below to give a clear indication of what a straight bet would be:
Boston Celtics -6.5 (-110), moneyline -320
at Cleveland Cavaliers +6.5 (-110), moneyline +260
The Celtics are favored by 6.5 points in this example. This means that if you bet the Cavaliers, you are getting 6.5 points, so if the Cavaliers win the game, or lose by fewer than seven points, you will win the bet because of your 6.5-point cushion. On the other side, when you are laying 6.5 points as the favorite, you would need the Celtics to win by seven or more to win the bet.
Final Score: Celtics 102 Cavaliers 98. Cavaliers would cover even though the Celtics won the game because the +6.5 point spread is enough to cover a four-point defeat.
The moneyline is a bet where there is no spread; you are just picking the winner of the game. In the example above, the Cavaliers ML is +260, which means that for every $100 wagered, you win $260 if the Cavaliers win the game outright. They receive the plus side of the moneyline since they are the underdog and picking them rewards you with nice odds since they are projected to likely lose the game. On the flip side, if you bet the Celtics ML at -320, you have to bet $320 to win $100. They are the favorites so if you decide to bet the moneyline instead of the point spread, you are forced to bet additional money to win $100.
In the example above, the Celtics ML would be the winner as they won the game outright. The spread is irrelevant for a moneyline wager.
This is a straight bet wagering on how many total combined points will be scored in a game by both teams. For example, an NBA game may have an over/under of 210 points, which means that the oddsmakers are projecting a combined points total of 210 between the two teams. If you think the teams are going to score more than 210 points total, you bet the over, and conversely, if you think it’s going to be a defensive struggle, you can bet the under hoping that the total points scored equals 209 points or less.
A parlay is a bet where you combine multiple bets into one bet and you get increased odds because you only win your parlay wager if all of your bets win. If you do a three-team parlay, you select three different teams from three different games and if you win all three of the bets you hit your parlay for longshot odds (6-1 so $100 to win $600). Going 0/3, 1/3, or 2/3 is all the same and you lose the parlay bet. It’s all or nothing which makes them tough to hit and is more of a home run type bet than a regular straight bet since there’s a chance for a big payoff.
Hawaii Sports Betting FAQs
- Is Sports Betting Legal in State?
- How Can I bet in state?
- Will Hawaii have Online Sports Betting or Sports Betting Apps?
- How Do I Open an Account?
- How Do I Deposit and Withdraw?
- Do I have to be in state to place a bet?
- What Games Can I bet on?
- What Companies Will be Offering Sports Betting?
- What Kind of Taxes Do I have to Pay?
- How Old Do I have to Be to Bet in State?
- What are the Betting Limits?
- Where Do I go if I have a problem?
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