The state of Minnesota is seriously taking up enforcement to crack down illegal sports gambling in the state, starting the opening day of the NFL football season. As per the State Department of Public Safety, illegal betting is “risky and dangerous” as it lacks any consumer protection.
Terry Kelley, Gambling Enforcement Special Agent, expressed his concerns saying, “How do you know that if you win, you’re going to get paid? Who are the people you are dealing with during this? And what happens to you if you can’t pay?”
The state allows fantasy football leagues and online websites like DraftKings and FanDuel are also legal. Private bets with friends are legal too.
For most of the people betting on football is more like a social event. The problem begins when there is illegal betting with tip boards or online offshore sports bets.
Minnesota would be the focal point of the 2017 NFL season that ends in Minneapolis at the 2018 Super Bowl. The state officials are preparing to be extra vigilant as it would be the biggest betting day of the year.