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Despite having a rich history in gambling through the lottery and horse racing, Maryland was a late bloomer when it came to casino gaming. But by passing a law to allow slot machines in 2008, Maryland set the wheels in motion to have casinos built across the state.

The state's progress in casino gaming is promising, but from an online perspective Maryland is not a great place for sports bettors to live. While rarely enforced, Maryland's laws call for harsh penalties against anyone who places any kind of bet outside of a casino in the state.


Home to the Kentucky Derby, the state of Kentucky hosts one of the biggest gambling events of the year on an annual basis. Unfortunately for residents of Kentucky, horse racing is the only form of legalized gambling that the state supports, with the exception of charitable events and the lottery.


Gambling in Kansas is legal through limited state-run casinos and tribal casinos. In addition, the state allows charitable games like bingo, regulated by the Kansas Department of Revenue, along with the lottery. While horse and dog racing are both deemed legal, there are currently no active tracks in Kansas.


Iowa is one of only five states in the country where all six major types of betting are allowed in at least some capacity, including charitable, parimutuel, commercial, tribal, racetrack and lotteries. In addition, Iowa is one of just six states to allow riverboat gambling – and the first to do so – along with Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi.


Betting in the state of Arkansas is very restricted, limited only to horse and dog racing through parimutuel wagering, bingo, raffles and the lottery. In addition, there are two “racinos” where some casino-style games are offered along with racing at tracks in Hot Springs and West Memphis.

Gaming Laws in Arkansas

Illegal gambling in Arkansas is defined as “a person betting any money or any valuable thing on any game of hazard or skill” in State Statute 5-66-101. If convicted, an individual is subject to be fined in any sum not less than $10 nor more than $25.

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NFL Draft Props: Winston, Mariota Odds

The 2015 NFL Draft gets underway in Chicago on Thursday night, and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been listed as the clear betting favorite at online sportsbook Bovada to be the top pick.


Finding Value in Kentucky Derby Betting

With just a week to go before the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah is the betting favorite at 13/5 at Bovada, looking to become the third consecutive favorite to win the Run for the Roses.

Orb got the job done as the lukewarm favorite in 2013, returning $12.80 for the win. California Chrome made chalk players happy last year, paying $7.00 as the betting favorite.


Mavs Have ATS Momentum vs Rockets

The Dallas Mavericks have now managed to cover the posted spread at the online sportsbooks in each of their last two games against the Houston Rockets in their first-round playoff series as the teams meet in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

The Mavericks cut the Rockets' series lead to 3-1 in Game 4 of the series on Sunday with a 121-109 victory as a 3.5-point home underdog on the NBA betting lines at the online sportsbooks. Dallas, though, is still just 3-7 SU and 4-6 ATS in its 10 most recent games against rival Houston.

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Kershaw is Back on Mound vs the Giants

The Los Angeles Dodgers have managed pick up five victories in Clayton Kershaw's last eight starts against the San Francisco Giants as those two division rivals continue a marquee baseball betting series at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.

Kershaw, though, is just 1-1 with a 4.07 ERA so far this season, and he had to settle for a no-decision against the Giants on April 22 when he gave up only two runs on three hits over six innings of work. Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 4.63 ERA) will take the mound for the Giants on Tuesday night.

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