Why You Can’t Legally Bet On First LIV Golf Event In Most States

Written By Stephen Andress on June 8, 2022
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It’s the day before the first LIV Golf event in London, as the list grows of PGA TOUR players defecting to the controversial tour financed by Saudi oligarchs accused of various human rights violations. But for golf fans in the United States interested in making bets, only a small list of states have approved LIV golf betting.

That means unless you are in those states, you cannot legally place real money wagers on anything related to LIV golf odds. Here’s why.

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Legal Difference Between PGA TOUR and LIV Golf

So why can you bet on RBC Canadian Open odds from the PGA TOUR this week, or US Open odds from the USGA for next week’s major but not LIV golf?

TheLines reached out to several sportsbooks for clarification on the legal differences between these golf odds.

“Regulators vary from state to state and make different rules in each. Most (leagues) need a governing body and other specific things in place to allow us to offer. Until recently, LIV did not have that available,” BetMGM trader Christian Cipollini told TheLines. “Some states only approve one (sportsbook) at a time.”

In other words, because LIV golf didn’t have a governing body or an integrity policy until recently, the sportsbooks even asking states to approve LIV golf betting was a non-starter.

“Those are the two big ones that most regulators need to see in order to approve any event,” said Cipollini. “If it doesn’t have both of those, it will typically be a no from every regulator.”

Where Can You Bet On LIV Golf Legally?

As of Wednesday afternoon, FanDuel was only approved in three states for LIV golf betting, according to one FanDuel Sportsbook official. So, the nation’s largest operator opted not to post odds at all ahead of Thursday’s opening round.

BetMGM was approved in more states, but another rep for the sportsbook told TheLines Wednesday it was not offering odds to bettors.

DraftKings has only received the green light in Illinois, Oregon, Ontario, Connecticut, Arizona, and Wyoming.

BetRivers/PlaySugarHouse only has LIV golf London betting in Connecticut and Ontario for both traditional golf markets and winner of the four-man team format.

The event will look different than the PGA TOUR – with only three rounds of play and shotgun starts in which the entire field tees off at the same time at different holes around the course. There’s also some type of unusual four-man team element as well with team logos that look like they were designed in a high school Photoshop class.

GolferDK Odds
Dustin Johnson+400
Louis Oosthuizen+900
Talor Gooch+1000
Kevin Na+1200
Sergio Garcia+1200
Sam Horsfield+1800
Bernd Wiesberger+2000
Phil Mickelson+2200
Justin Harding+2500
Pablo Larrazabal+2500
Charl Schwartzel+2800
Ian Poulter+2800
Lee Westwood+2800
Matt Jones+2800
Scott Vincent+3000
Hennie Du Plessis+3500
Hudson Swafford+3500
Laurie Canter+3500
Richard Bland+3500
Oliver Bekker+4000
Adrian Otaegui+5000
Branden Grace+5000
Graeme McDowell+5000
Martin Kaymer+5000
Sadom Kaewkanjana+5000
Shaun Norris+5000
Sihwan Kim+5000
Wade Ormsby+5000
Peter Uihlein+6000
Phachara Khongwatmai+6500
Hideto Tanihara+8000
Ryosuke Kinoshita+8000
J.C. Ritchie+8000
Chase Koepka+10000
Jinichiro Kozuma+10000
Travis Smyth+10000
Andy Ogltree+13000
Jediah Morgan+13000
Blake Windred+15000
David Puig+20000
Oliver Fisher+20000
Ratchanon Chantananuwat+20000
Turk Pettit+20000
James Piot+25000
Ian Snyman+25000
Itthipat Buranatanyarat+30000
Kevin Yuan+30000
Viraj Madappa+30000

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Stephen Andress joined Catena Media as Managing Editor of TheLines.com in March 2021. He began his career as a sports anchor and reporter in Eugene, OR before moving to Louisville, KY. There he covered the Kentucky Derby, Sugar Bowl and three consecutive Final Fours. Stephen later won an Emmy award while working for the Indianapolis Colts. More recently, he produced content for the PGA TOUR and multiple fantasy football and sports betting websites. Nothing has excited him more in his career than seeing legalized sports betting in the United States and the opportunity to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for it. His hobbies include kicking his high school friends' butts in fantasy football, Japanese whisky and Kentucky bourbon, golf outrights and supporting RIP Medical Debt, a charity which works to wipe out medical bills for those who have been unable to cover the cost of getting sick.

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