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🚨 Kentucky sports betting is LIVE! Check out the best Kentucky sportsbook welcome offers and start betting today! 

Betr Kentucky

Betr has recently acquired access to launch their Betr Sportsbook in Kentucky! We will update with more information once the official launch date of Betr Kentucky is announced.

21+ (18+ for some sportsbooks) and present in KY. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Kentucky?

Yes! Online sports betting fully launched last year and state bettors have multiple legalized sportsbooks to choose from!

Kentucky Sports Betting Key Takeaways

I compiled the most important key takeaways for sports betting in the Bluegrass State. Take a look before getting started!

πŸ€”  Is KY Sports Betting Legal? Yes, sportsbooks are legal and live in KY as of last September!
πŸš€  KY Mobile Sports Betting Launch Date

September 28

πŸ‘  Live KY Sportsbooks Fanatics Sportsbook, BetMGM, PointsBet, bet365, FanDuel, CaesarsESPN BET, Circa, and DraftKings 
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Latest Sports Betting Updates in Kentucky:

2023

  • September 28: 🚨 Sports betting is now live on available mobile apps and desktop betting sites! 
  • September 21: The KHRC announced new additions to the Kentucky sports betting catalog: Formula 1 (F1), National Rugby League (Australia), Professional Fighters League (PFL), Bellator MMA, and the Universal Tennis League
  • September 7: Retail sports betting officially launched on Sept. 7, 2023.
    • Fanatics began online pre-registration for KY users on Sept. 7 as well.
  • August 30: BetMGM opens mobile pre-registration in KY.
  • August 28: Pre-registration for sports betting in Kentucky opened on Aug. 28, 2023, (11 days) before its retail launch on Sept. 7 and online sports betting launch on Sept. 28. FanDuel and bet365 became the first sportsbooks to allow pre-registration in KY.
  • August 22: Approved online and retail sportsbooks are announced by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Who Can Bet on Sports in Kentucky?

Kentucky is one of the few states that permits legal sports betting for residents aged 18+. Keep in mind that bettors must be 21+ to use FanDuel, Caesars, and BetMGM in KY.

Who Regulates Kentucky Gambling?

For now, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission regulates gambling in the Bluegrass State, so bettors can trust their sportsbook accounts are secure.

Details of the Kentucky Sports Betting Bill

HB 551 is the law of the land in KY, and allows for:

    • Online and retail betting available (at racetracks)
    • Online betting is taxed at 14.25%
    • Nine licensed horse tracks are allowed to offer in-person betting and up to three sportsbook "skins"
    • Up to 27 possible sportsbooks can operate in KY
    • Betting is allowed for anyone 18+, but some books are keeping their player base 21 and older only.

KY Sports Betting Background

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed HB 551 into a law on March 31, 2023. Following the bill signing, there was a three-month wait for the law to officially take effect on June 28, 2023. On June 29, Gov. Beshear mentioned plans for launching by the start of the then-upcoming NFL season.

Once HB 551 was officially in place, the race for sports betting in Kentucky reached the home stretch as top mobile sportsbook companies have already made plays for in-state licensing. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, who was appointed the sports betting regulator, is confident that they're ready to go - and as of September 28, 2023, betting is live in the state both in-person (launched September 7, 2023) and online.

The legalization of sports betting in Kentucky has been a multi-year journey. Let's take a look at the process that led to HB 551, which delivered online sports betting to Kentucky.

2023

2023 saw representatives like Rep. Michael Meredith propose new sports betting bills after a collective failure to legalize the practice four years and counting. Fifth time's the charm, as HB 551 was able to get enough signatures on both sides of the aisle to advance, and was signed into law by Governor Andy Beshear in early April 2023. 

Then, all that was left to do was for regulators at the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to issue online sports betting licenses to eligible operators, which took some time.

In late June, Gov. Beshear announced plans of launching sports betting in Kentucky by the start of the upcoming NFL season, which has become a reality! Check out the promos above for info on how to sign up and start betting.

2022

The Kentucky General Assembly ended its 2022 session in mid-April without passing a bill to legalize sports betting, despite support from Gov. Andy Beshear and leadership in both chambers. It’s the fourth year in a row where legislation has fallen short, and passing a bill next year will be even harder.

Rep. Adam Koenig’s bill would have legalized retail and online sports betting through racetracks and casinos and generated an estimated $22.5 million in annual revenue for the state.

It passed the house in March but failed to get enough Republican support in the Senate. With most Senate Democrats on board, there appeared to be enough Senate Republicans in favor to meet the 20-vote threshold for passage. The Kentucky GOP typically doesn’t vote unless there’s consensus among themselves, and sources close to the legislature said they came up just four votes shy of meeting that majority. Lawmakers were forced wave the white flag for 2022.

Most of Kentucky’s neighbor states have already legalized sports betting. More than a third of Kentucky counties border its legal neighbor states, which is about 2.4 million people. Last year those states made a combined $173.1 million off sports betting taxes—about $34 million a state.

18+ Betting Allowed in KY

Like many other states, the minimum betting age is 18+. Despite this common law, FanDuel, Caesars Sportsbook, and BetMGM have all confirmed that their minimum betting age in Kentucky is 21+.

Count Kentucky among a strong minority of states that has extended sports betting privileges to persons just eighteen and up. As the sports betting in the US has scaled up, 21 was adopted as a near-universal age requirement. However, KY has bucked that trend.

Why you might ask? It comes down to horse racing. Kentucky has a strong horse racing tradition and the legal betting age for horse racing is 18. Therefore, regulators felt it didn't make sense for horse racing to have a lower age of entry than sports betting. 

Keep an eye on each specific online sportsbook in Kentucky, though. While they may be legally allowed to offer betting to those 18+, sportsbooks won't have to accept younger customers. Most KY online sportsbooks, in their continued focus on responsible gaming, have a minimum age of 21.

Alternatives to Online Sports Betting in Kentucky

As one of the newest online sports betting states, Kentucky also offers other gaming opportunities for state residents.

Retail Sports Betting

There are eight casinos & racetracks within Kentucky that have partnered with a sportsbook to offer in-person betting locations for residents.

Daily Fantasy Sports

Daily fantasy sports has been a topic of contention since last year, where we saw several states banning pick'em style games since they were considered a form of sports betting.

At this time, DFS hasn't been deemed illegal in Kentucky, so players can participate in DFS contests if they are 18+ years old, which is uncommon in legal betting states in North America.

Kentucky Horse Betting 

Kentucky is well known for it's legalized horse betting, as the state hosts the most popular horse race in North America - the Kentucky Derby. Legal horse betting can be done at several racetracks, OTB sites, and online racebooks in KY.

Lottery

The Kentucky Lottery Corporation regulates legalized lottery games within Kentucky.

Kentucky Sportsbooks

Kentucky will soon be home to as many as 27 different KY online sports betting apps, and there are already apps live today offering online sports betting to eligible bettors. There are currently nine horse racing tracks in the state of Kentucky, and each is now eligible to host as many as 3 online sports betting skins.

bet365 and DraftKings have teamed up with Action Network to offer BetSync, allowing you to link your existing (bet365 & DraftKings) accounts directly to your Action login. Once your sportsbook is connected, the bets made at the sportsbook will automatically sync to your Action profile. Action Network BetSync eliminates the process of manually entering your picks, so don't forget to read our BetSync guide.

As the landscape of sports betting in KY to continues to develop, we do have some information. The following nine online sportsbooks are live in the Bluegrass State:

Fanatics Sportsbook KY

Fanatics Sportsbook Kentucky

As expected, Fanatics Sportsbook Kentucky has joined another betting market as a mobile partner of Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel.

Fanatics Promo

Get up to $1,500 in Bonus Bets over Your First 11 Days!

Fanatics Promo Code

No promo code required

Action Network Score

9.8/10. See our Fanatics Sportsbook Promo Code review for more in-depth information and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.

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Fanatics Terms & Conditions

Must be 21+. GAMBLING PROBLEM? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (CO/IL/KS/KY/MD/OH/MI/NC/NJ/PA/TN/VA/VT/WV/WY), (800)-327-5050 or http://gamblinghelplinema.org (MA), Call (877-8-HOPENY) or text HOPENY (467369) (NY), 1-800-NEXT-STEP or text NEXTSTEP to 53342 (AZ), (888) 789-7777 or http://ccpg.org (CT), or 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA), or 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), or www.mdgamblinghelp.org (MD), or morethanagame.nc.gov (NC), or 1800gambler.net (WV)

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BetMGM

BetMGM Kentucky is now live for online betting in KY with two offers! The King of Sportsbooks secured a mobile and retail market access agreement with Revolutionary Racing Kentucky! Although BetMGM is providing their online sportsbook in Kentucky, there is also a new massive retail sportsbook planned in Ashland at Sandy's Racing and Gaming facility. 

BetMGM Bonus

Exclusive: 20% Deposit Match up to $1,600 in Sports Bonus!

OR

Get up to $1,500 Back in Bonus Bets if Your First Bet Doesn't Win!

BetMGM Bonus Code

ACTION1600

OR

AN1500

Action Network Score

9.8/10. See our BetMGM Bonus Code and review for more in-depth information about BetMGM and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.

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BetMGM Terms & Conditions

21+. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. AZ, CO, IA, IL, IN, LA, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, NJ, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV, WY. Call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369) (NY). Call 1-800-327-5050 (MA). 21+ to wager. Please Gamble Responsibly. Call 1-800-NEXT-STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (KS, NV), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA), 1-800-270-7117 for confidential help (MI), or 877-718-5543 (NC). Visit BetMGM.com for Terms & Conditions. Bonus Bets Expire in 7 Days. One New Customer Offer Only. Add’l terms.

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FanDuel

Online registration for FanDuel Kentucky is now open! FanDuel is a major sports betting operator in Kentucky due to its partnerships with Churchill Downs Racetrack and Turfway Park Racing & Gaming (casino and racetrack). There are excellent FanDuel Kentucky Derby promos , and now, not only can you bet on the Derby, you can bet on the NFL, NBA, and pretty much any sport you can watch! 

FanDuel Promo 

Bet $5, Get $200 in Bonus Bets If Your Bet Wins + Bonus/Boosts Everyday!

This promo ends soon - sign up now!

FanDuel Promo Code

There is no promo code required to claim the FanDuel offer.

Action Network Score

9.6/10. See our FanDuel Promo Code and review for more in-depth information about FanDuel and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.

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FanDuel Terms & Conditions

New players only, 21+. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. Available in AZ, CT, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV, WY only. Full T&C apply.

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bet365

Bettors can now register online for bet365 Kentucky! This launch is bet365’s sixth legal online betting state in the U.S. Additionally, bet365 is partnered with Sandy’s Racing & Gaming (owned by Revolutionary Racing).

bet365 Bonus

Get a First Bet Safety Net up to $1,000 in Bonus Bets!

OR

Bet $5, Get $150 in Bonus Bets!

bet365 Bonus Code

TAN365

Terms & Conditions

New players only, 21+ (18+ in KY). Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. Available in AZ, NJ, IA, CO, KY, IN, LA, NC, VA, OH only. Place a qualifying bet of up to $1000 to be eligible for a matched refund in Bonus Bets if your qualifying bet loses. A deposit (minimum $10) is required to participate in this offer. T&Cs, time limits and exclusions apply. Registration required.

New players only, 21+ (18+ in KY). Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. Available in AZ, NJ, IA, KY, IN, LA, CO, NC, VA, OH only. Bet $5 and Get $150 in Bonus Bets at bet365. Deposit required. Bet Credits wager excluded from returns. T&Cs, time limits and exclusions apply. Registration required.

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9.5/10. See our bet365 Bonus Code and review for more sportsbook details and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.

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Caesars Sportsbook

Caesars Kentucky brings its exceptional sports betting app to the Bluegrass State through a mobile & retail market access agreement with the Red Mile and Keeneland race tracks. Notably, Caesars is among the majority of betting apps that will only allow customers who are 21+ to bet through them, despite the legal age for KY betting being set at just 18. 

Caesars Sportsbook Promo

Get up to $1,000 Back in Bonus Bets if Your First Bet Doesn't Win!

Caesars Sportsbook Promo Code

ACTION221000

Action Network Score

9.3/10. See our Caesars Sportsbook Promo Code and review for more in-depth information about Caesars and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.

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Caesars Sportsbook Terms & Conditions

21+ only. New users and first $10+ wager only. Offer valid and must be physically present in AZ, CO, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV, and WY only. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? IL, MD, NJ, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV: Call 1-800-GAMBLER. MA: CALL 1-800-327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org. NY: Call 877-8-HOPENY or text HOPENY (467369)

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ESPN BET

ESPN BET is the coolest new sportsbook to add to your portfolio. They already boast many daily boosts and special event promos throughout the app. Check out our promo details below on how to get the ESPN BET new user bonus!

ESPN BET Promo

Get a $1,000 First Bet Reset!

ESPN BET Promo Code

TANBONUS 

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9.5/10. See our ESPN BET Promo Code and review for more in-depth information about ESPN BET and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.

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ESPN BET Terms & Conditions

New users only, 21+. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. Must be physically present in AZ, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, NJ, NC, OH, PA, TN, VA, or WV in order to wager. Please Gamble Responsibly.

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DraftKings Kentucky

DraftKings Sportsbook is partnered with ECL Corbin (Cumberland Run and the Mint Gaming Hall) to operate it's mobile and retail sports betting platform alongside it's DFS offerings in Kentucky. Sign up and redeem the exciting offer below today!

DraftKings Promo

Bet $5, Get $150 in Bonus Bets - Instantly!

DraftKings Promo Code

No promo code is required to claim the DraftKings sign-up offer.

Action Network Score

9.2/10. See our DraftKings Promo Code and review for more in-depth information about DraftKings and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.

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DraftKings Terms & Conditions

21+. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (CO/IL/IN/KS/LA/MD/ME/MI/NJ/NC/OH/PA/TN/VA/VT/WV/WY), (800) 327-5050 or visit gamblinghelplinema.org (MA). Call 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY).

Circa Sportsbook Kentucky 

Circa Sports has partnered with Cumberland Run to offer its mobile app to users in KY! Las Vegas-based sportsbook Circa launched in Kentucky on April 1. With their existing presence in Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, and Iowa, the Bluegrass State is now Circa's fifth market. 

Kentucky DFS Apps

Residents of Kentucky can also play multiple DFS apps in addition to online sportsbooks.

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PrizePicks Kentucky

Users can play PrizePicks in Kentucky. Sign up with the exciting offer below!

PrizePicks Bonus

Get a $100 INSTANT Deposit Match!

PrizePicks Promo Code

ACTION6

Action Network Score

9.4/10. See our PrizePicks promo code and reivew for more in-depth information about PrizePicks and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.

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Betr Picks Kentucky

Betr Picks is an exciting option for players to select over and unders on players from several sports leagues.

Betr Sportsbook Promo 

Get a 100% First Deposit Match up to $250!

Betr Promo Code

ACTION2

Action Network Score

8.9/10. Check out our Betr Promo Code review for more info on how the mico-betting app works.

Dabble Fantasy Kentucky

Dabble is one of the newest DFS apps that offers up to 100X your entry amount if you win!

Dabble Fantasy Promo 

Get $10 When You Sign-Up to Dabble!

Dabble Fantasy Promo Code

ACTION

Action Network Score

8.9/10. We recommend reading our Dabble Promo Code and review for more details on this new DFS app.

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OwnersBox Fantasy Kentucky

OwnersBox Fantasy is another great DFS option that offers all features Kentucky players.

OwnersBox Promo

Get a 100% Deposit Match up to $500 with your First Deposit!

OwnersBox Promo Code

ACTION

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Boom Fantasy Kentucky

Boom Fantasy offers Pick ‘Em: Toss-Ups (Over/Under), Longshots, Favorites, and Matchups.

Boom Fantasy Promo 

Get a $100 New User Offer!

Boom Fantasy Promo Code

ACTION

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Vivid Picks Kentucky

Vivid Picks offers pick'em games where you can compete with your friends and earn badges!

Vivid Picks Promo 

Get a Deposit Match up to $250 + $25 Secured Play!

Vivid Picks Promo Code

ACTION

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SuperDraft Kentucky

SuperDraft is an exciting DFS option that offers Multiplier, Champion Mode, Super 15, and Salary Cap contest for users!

SuperDraft DFS Promo 

Sign Up & Get A Free Pick For A Chance To Win $2,500!

SuperDraft Promo Code

ACTION

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StatHero Kentucky

StatHero is another great option for sports fans!

StatHero Promo 

Get up to a $250 Deposit Match Bonus!

StatHero Promo Code

ACTION

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Social Sportsbooks in Kentucky

Social sportsbooks are similar to traditional sportsbooks - but players can only place wagers with sweepstakes coins.

Fliff Social Sportsbook Kentucky

Fliff Social Sportsbook is the closest platform to a sportsbook that residents and visitors can use. As one of the first of its kind, Fliff offers betting lines and XP Rewards.

Fliff Sportsbook Promo

Get a 100% Match up to 600,000 Fliff Coins + $100 Fliff Cash!

Fliff Promo Code

ACTION

Action Network Score

8.6/10. We recommend reading our Fliff Promo Code and review for more details on the social sportsbook app.

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Thrillzz Social Sportsbook Kentucky

Thrillzz is a new social sportsbook that offers similar betting markets that can be found on other legal sportsbooks.

Thrillzz Fantasy Promo

Get a 100% Deposit Match up to $25 in Sweeps Coins + Free Coins on Your First Purchase!

Thrillzz Promo Code

ACTION1

Action Network Score

8.8/10. We recommend reading our Thrillzz Promo Code and review for more details on this new social sportsbook

Sportsbooks Partnered with Kentucky Sports Teams or Venues

Below, you'll find the seven (out of nine) retail betting locations that have the approval to open physical sportsbooks in Kentucky. Most of these are open for in-person betting: 

BetMGM 🎰 Sandy's Gaming & Racing
BetRivers 🎰 Ellis Park Racing & Gaming, Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel, Turfway Park Racing & Gaming
Caesars 🎰 Red Mile Racetrack, Keeneland Racecourse
DraftKings 🎰 Cumberland Run Harness Track
ESPN BET 🎰 Ellis Park Racing & Gaming
Fanatics Sportsbook 🎰 Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel
FanDuel 🎰 Churchill Downs Racetrack, Turfway Park Racing & Gaming

Why Sign Up for KY Sports Betting Sites?

Kentucky sports betting sites are regulated and safe to use, so you can rest assured your sportsbook accounts are safe!.

Banking with KY Sports Betting Sites

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Legal Retail Sportsbooks in KY

Kentucky has eight retail sportsbooks available in the state. Take a look at the best retail betting options below!

  • Churchill Downs Racetrack
  • Cumberland Run Harness Track
  • Ellis Park Racing & Gaming
  • Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel
  • Red Mile Racetrack
  • Keeneland Racecourse
  • Sandy's Gaming & Racing
  • Turfway Park Racing & Gaming

Kentucky Sports Betting Revenue

Since launching last year, Kentucky sports betting handle has generated over one billion dollars in sports betting handle for the state. 

Kentucky Sports Betting Tips

Take a look at our sports betting tips in Kentucky below!

Basketball icon Sports Betting for Beginners

If you’re new to sports betting, you likely have questions: How much should you be betting? Where should you be betting on the Kentucky Wildcats? How do you find the best odds? Every sport and bet type comes with different nuances. Our sports betting tips for beginners can help you make savvier decisions come game time.

Baseball icon Sports Betting Glossary

Sports betting comes with its own language and terminology -- favorites and underdogs, spreads and money lines, over/unders and props, juice and vig and so much more. It can all be a bit overwhelming and intimidating for newer betting enthusiasts, so be sure to consult our sports betting glossary for detailed definitions on all the main terms.

Football icon Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid

Sports betting isn't easy. It’s important to stay disciplined and not overextend yourself. There will always be ups and downs, but if you stay true to our sports betting mistakes to avoid, your sports betting experience will be a much more enjoyable one.

Kentucky Teams
Kentucky team logo Kentucky Wildcats
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Louisville football Louisville Cardinals
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Eastern Kentucky logo Eastern Kentucky Colonels
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Most Popular Kentucky Teams to Bet on

While Kentucky is yet to be home to a professional sports team, it has no shortage of college teams to bet on.

Latest Sports News in Kentucky:

  • Top high school basketball recruit Jasper Johnson is anticipated to announce his college decision soon. The Kentucky Wildcats, North Carolina, and Alabama are the leading contenders for the 5-star shooting guard. Johnson is expected to make his decision after a key AAU tournament concludes on July 21st.

  • The Cincinnati Reds couldn't maintain a 2-2 tie in the 8th inning as Xavier Edwards' single drove in the winning run for the Marlins. Trevor Rogers pitched effectively for Miami, keeping the Reds' bats mostly quiet. Despite a home run from Elly De La Cruz, Cincinnati fell short, losing 3-2.

Upcoming Sports Events in Kentucky:

  • The Cincinnati Reds are set to square off against the Washington Nationals on Friday, July 19th. The game will take place at Nationals Park in the nation's capital, with the first pitch scheduled for 5:45 PM. This matchup marks the beginning of a weekend series between the two National League teams.

 

MLB Game Odds: Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals

Below is a selection of odds for the upcoming MLB game: Updated July 21, 2024 - Odds Provided by BetMGM - Subject to Change

Team

Spread 

Moneyline 

Total

Cincinnati Reds

TBA

-120

TBA

Washington Nationals

TBA

+100

TBA

College Sports Teams in KY

Kentucky is a hub for college basketball and football. The Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals consistently field great teams –– which allows for interesting bet opportunities.

NCAA football icon logo College Football Betting in KY

Kentucky is often overshadowed in college football circles by neighbors Louisiana and Alabama, but the Bluegrass State is on the rise. Kentucky has been a rising force in the SEC with Mark Stoops at the helm, and Louisville is showing signs of life in the ACC. Plus, there are a number of smaller schools sprinkled throughout the state that are available for college football betting in the state.

Kentucky team logo Kentucky Wildcats Football

Kentucky Wildcats football finished with a 7-6 record last season and a Gator Bowl appearance. The Wildcats are coached by Mark Stoops and play their home games at Kroger Field.

Kentucky Wildcats Odds

Louisville football Louisville Cardinals Football

Jeff Brohm led the the Louisville Cardinals in his first season as the coach to a 10-4 record and Holiday Bowl appearance. The Cards host their opponents at the L&N Stadium.

Louisville Cardinals Odds

Western Kentucky logo Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Football

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football had a successful season last year after finishing with a 8-5 record and a Famous Toastery Bowl win. The Hilltoppers are coached by Tyson Helton and play their home games at the Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds

Eastern Kentucky logo Eastern Kentucky Colonels Football

Eastern Kentucky Colonels football and head coach Walt Wells finished with a 5-6 record last season. The Colonels play their home games at Roy Kidd Stadium.

Eastern Kentucky Colonels Odds

NCAA Basketball LogoCollege Basketball Betting in Kentucky

Kentucky, at its core, is a basketball state. The Wildcats are second to UCLA in Mens Basketball National Titles with 8, and Louisville has had been excellent over the years.

Kentucky team logo Kentucky Wildcats Men's Basketball

Mark Pope and the Kentucky Wildcats finished last season with a 23-10 record and second round exit from the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats play their home games at Rupp Arena.

Kentucky Wildcats Odds

Louisville basketball logo Louisville Cardinals Men's Basketball

The Cardinals finished last season with a disappointing 8-24 record. The Cards will enter the new season with their new coach Pat Kelsey. Louisville hosts their opponents at the KFC Yum! Center/

Louisville Cardinals Odds

Murray State logo Murray State Racers Men's Basketball

The 12-20 Murray State Racers look to bounce back with their head coach Steve Prohm. The Racers' home arena is the CFSB Center.

Murray State Racers Odds

Other Sports Events in Kentucky

Each May, thousands of people flock to the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, for the world-famous Kentucky Derby. The most talented Thoroughbred horses in the world compete in the one and one-fourth mile-long race. Because of this, a ridiculous amount of bets are placed on it. Horse gambling is legal in Kentucky, so betters can easily gamble on which horse they think will win.

Kentucky Sports Gambling Locations

Kentucky Derby

The most popular horse race in the world takes place at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. The Kentucky Derby has ran annually since 1875. The most talented Thoroughbred horses compete in the one and one-fourth mile-long race. Horse gambling is legal in Kentucky, so gamblers can easily bet on which horse they think will win.

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Steve Petrella is a senior editor for The Action Network covering college football, among other things. He’s a Penn State grad now based in Atlanta who enjoys great punting, clock-killing drives and turnovers in the red zone.
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Kentucky Sports Betting FAQ
Commonly asked questions about sports betting in The Bluegrass State.
Is online sports betting legal in Kentucky?

Yes, online sports betting is legal and live in Kentucky, and you can register today with sportsbooks like Fanatics, BetMGM, FanDuel, Circa, and bet365 in Kentucky.

Are there any current legal options for sports betting in Kentucky?

Yes, there are eight legal options to sports bet in Kentucky. Horse race betting is also legal, which makes sense due to the state’s popular race: the Kentucky Derby.

In addition to sports betting, you can play PrizePicks, a DFS provider that is currently available in over 30 states. Bettors simply select their favorite players like Steph Curry or LeBron James, select over or under, and they're entered in to win cash prizes.

Sign up for the PrizePicks app using the promo code ACTION6 to get started.

Is it legal to bet on horse racing in Kentucky?

Yes, it is legal to bet on horse races in Kentucky. Thanks to the Kentucky Derby, horse gambling is a popular industry in the state.