With more and more states getting into the action with sports betting, people in Utah may be wondering “Where can I get involved with all this sweet sports betting I’ve heard so much about?” We have you covered. Here are the top-five things you need to know about Utah sports betting and UT online sports betting apps.
1) Is Utah Sports Betting Legal?
No, sports betting is currently not legal in Utah. Utah is one of two states without any form of gambling, including casinos, poker or lotteries. Utah’s lack of gambling of any type is likely connected to its deeply rooted ties to the Mormon faith. Thus, it’s highly unlikely to come to Utah anytime soon. Utah is also one of only five states that does not have a state lottery.
2) What Bills are Currently Before the State Legislature?
With the strict guidelines glossed over in the previous section, there are currently no bills before the state legislature. Utah is so opposed to gambling that the code actually makes it a point to say that online gambling will stay illegal even if it’s legalized at the federal level (Chapter 10, part 11).
3) What are the Next Steps for UT Sports Betting?
It seems there aren’t any steps to be taken. With its stringent criminal code and desire to nix any type of sports betting, the future of sports betting doesn’t seem great. To take it a step further, there have been no attempts to legalize sports betting in 2020.
4) What are the Most Popular Teams to Bet on in UT?
There are two top options from a betting perspective, and they both happen to come from the same sport: basketball. The Utah Jazz has been a cornerstone in Utah sports, especially since the mid-90s with the great teams featuring John Stockton and Karl Malone. The other team? The Bringham Young University men’s basketball team. BYU seems to makes the NCAA Tournament year in and year out.
5) Is There Anything Else to Know About Utah Sports Betting?
Shockingly, Utah does not specifically outlaw the playing of daily fantasy sports. So, DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo — some of the biggest names in the DFS world — can accept tournament and contest entries from Utah residents.
There are also a handful of offshore books that accept bets from anywhere in the US — yes, even in Utah — but those websites can be dangerous for any consumer.
So while sports betting is and will likely remain off the table, there are still some choices for sports entertainment in Utah. However, you’d still likely be better driving or finding your way to one of Utah’s many borders to experience any sort of legal gambling.
What are the Most Common Types of Bets I Can Make in Utah?
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.
Utah Sports Betting FAQs
- Is Sports Betting Legal in State?
- How Can I bet in state?
- Will Utah 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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