Kentucky has had legalized sports betting for almost three weeks — and online and mobile wagering starts Thursday, Sept. 28. Here’s a quick look at what to know:
Previously, horse racing was the only sport Kentuckians could place bets on, but now the world of wagering is open to a whole gamut of sports. Anyone 18+ can place a bet online through approved online sportsbooks — including major companies like FanDuel, DraftKings and BetMGM, among others.
In-person sports betting began on Sept. 7, allowing Kentuckians to wager on sports like the NBA, NFL, college football and basketball. Here are a few places in Louisville to go:
Derby City Gaming & Hotel | 4520 Poplar Level Rd.
This gaming hall and hotel opened in 2018, and just added a sportsbook, which includes a 300-ft video board.
Terms to know
- The Point Spread — AKA “the line": You’re betting on how many points one team will win (or lose) by in a game. Louisville is a three-point favorite this weekend, so if you bet on the Cards to win, you’re saying that they will win by more than three points.
- Parlay: This is when you combine multiple bets. Think: I bet that Louisville will win and that Kentucky will lose on Saturday (sorry LEXToday). All parts of the bet have to be correct for you to win.
- Over/under: You’re betting on the the total number of points in a game. If you think there will be lots of touchdowns this weekend, take the over.
As Kenny Rogers sang, “You gotta know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away.”