As sports betting outlets pop up around the country, people in Idaho may wonder when they can start to wager with legal Idaho sports betting. They don’t have legal retail or online sports betting, and from the looks of their current laws and lack of legislation, offshore options may be the only form of sports betting for citizens in Idaho for the near future. Let’s get into the top-five things you need to know for Idaho sports betting and ID online sports betting apps.
1) Is Idaho Sports Betting Legal?
At this time, there are no laws legalizing Idaho sports betting. There are no legal domestic sportsbooks, and of course, no legal online sportsbooks either. Betting on fantasy sports (including apps like DraftKings and FanDuel) is currently illegal in Idaho, meaning there is likely a long road ahead for retail and online sportsbooks in the state.
2) What Bills are Currently Before the State Legislature?
Idaho is not one of the states that has a 2020 sports betting bill. They are very much lagging behind the other states and there is little light at the end of the tunnel.
In 2018, the US Supreme Court repealed a decades-old federal ban on sports betting. This move allowed lawmakers in every state to have the authority to make their own laws on sports betting, which could lead to a potential cash-in on a booming multi-billion dollar industry.
It’s believed that there is a fear that legalized online sports betting may lead to corruption, though, lawmakers do note that despite their concerns, the outcry from the public has the potential to create momentum toward legalizing sports betting.
3) What are the Next Steps for Idaho Sports Betting?
It’s unclear when we can expect sports betting to be legal in Idaho. They do not allow fantasy sports contest on DraftKings and FanDuel, so they are behind most states in the push to legalize sports betting and sports betting apps. If you want Idaho sports betting to be legalized and you are a citizen , make your voice heard to your local lawmaker, as there has been little progress in recent years on the push for legal sports betting in Idaho.
4) What are the Most Popular Teams to Bet on in North Dakota?
The biggest draw for Idaho sports bettors would likely be the Boise State Broncos football team. With no major pro sports teams, one of the biggest reasons for hesitation in legalizing sports betting is that it might hinder relations with the NCAA. If legalization does happen, expect a lot of action to be centered around local college teams and nearby pro teams in Washington and Oregon.
5) Is There Anything Else to Know About North Dakota Sports Betting?
Citizens of Idaho are able to wager in tribal casinos, state lotteries and pull tabs. There are a handful of tribal casinos in Idaho, including Clearwater River, Kootenai River and Sage Hill. With DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy sports contests being illegal (explicitly stated in Idaho Law), the aforementioned forms of gambling are the only options for Idahoans. They do allow for wagering on horse racing. Citizens of Idaho can wager on horse racing at Sandy Downs and Sage Raceway. As of May 16, Idaho was one of the states listed with legalized horse betting via the FanDuel Racing app. While it’s not a sports betting app, it’s a push in the right direction for Idahoans. Online poker is illegal.
If you have an issue with betting or a gambling problem, please contact 1-800-GAMBLER to speak with someone right now and get help.
What are the Most Common Types of Bets I Can Make in Idaho?
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.
Idaho Sports Betting FAQs
- Is Sports Betting Legal in State?
- How Can I bet in state?
- Will Idaho 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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