For local football fans wanting to navigate online sports betting, there are opportunities in some nearby states. Ever since the U-S Supreme Court paved the way for all states to legalize sports gambling, many have done it. Minnesota is still debating the idea, but neighbors such as Iowa and South Dakota allow it. Susan Sheridan Tucker, of the Minnesota Alliance on Problem Gambling, says if you plan to cross the border to place a wager, be mindful of how persuasive these apps can be through their advertising:
“Many of the ads are promoting free play, and free dollars to encourage people to open accounts. And so, we are very concerned about that.”
Under Iowa’s rules, the person has to physically be within state lines when placing the bet. But you can register for an account through an app and deposit funds before crossing the border. And Tucker warns some Minnesotans might not be aware of state-by-state laws and could wind up placing an online bet from home through an unregulated operator. She says those apps can be slow to pay winnings.