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NFL Draft Betting Rules: The States Where You Can and Can’t Bet It, Plus Michigan’s Weird Quirk

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The NFL Draft has long been a marquee offseason event, and it’s turning into betting event as well. The prop markets are robust, and change daily with news. It’s everything that’s fun about mock drafts, with a betting spin.

However, even in some legal betting states, you can’t wager on the NFL Draft because of state gaming regulations. Even stranger, in West Virginia and Michigan, there’s a cutoff to bet the NFL Draft, which happens to be the night before.

Here’s where you can and can’t bet the NFL Draft in already-legal online betting states.

NFL Draft Betting States

State Can You Bet the Draft?
New Jersey Yes
Pennsylvania No
Michigan Until Midnight Wednesday
Iowa No
Indiana Yes
Colorado Yes
Tennessee Yes
West Virginia Until 8 p.m. ET Wednesday
Illinois Yes
Virginia No
New Hampshire Yes

Why Can’t I Bet on the Draft in Some States?

For example, why can’t you bet on the NFL Draft in Pennsylvania? It centers around how the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board defines a sporting event — and it doesn’t consider the NFL Draft one:

“The business of accepting wagers on sporting events or on the individual performance statistics of athletes in a sporting event or combination of sporting events by any system or method of wagering, including over the Internet through websites and mobile applications.”

What’s With the Cutoffs?

Michigan, a state with otherwise strong betting regulations, has a bizarre quirk for the NFL Draft. Wagering for the first round will be cut off at midnight on Wednesday, so you can’t try to slip any last-minute, news-based bets in. Wagering for the second and third rounds will end Thursday night, and betting for the final day will end Friday night, according to a DraftKings spokesman.

West Virginia will also cut off wagering at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

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