TENNESSEE — The first bets are being made as the first day of legal online sports gambling in Tennessee comes to a close.
Four sportsbooks are live—DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM and Tennessee Action 27/7—and are vying for a piece of your money.
It’s predicted to draw gamblers from other states to play.
Willie Knight, traveling from Mississippi to celebrate his birthday, usually plays poker online.
Sunday, while walking Beale Street, he said the beginning of online sports betting in the Volunteer State means he will now be taking part immediately.
“This is my first time on the betting circuit that way,” Knight said.
Unlike the other 18 states where online gambling is already legal, Tennessee did not require brick and mortar gambling sites before the law took effect, and puts it ahead of other states in the region, drawing people to Tennessee to play.
Tax revenue generated is forecast to yield a potential windfall of tens of millions of dollars for the state.
“Where I’m from, we don’t really have online sports betting. If it were on the table, I would be interested,” said Shawn Bosarge, visiting Memphis from Alabama.
“I think that’s great, I think, for school systems, especially in this day and age. I think it’s the perfect opportunity to get revenue.”
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