Since the Supreme Court struck down the federal law prohibiting gambling on sports last year, more than half of the states have moved to legalize sports betting. In “The United Stakes,” ESPN The Magazine follows the money, policies and estimated windfalls to the border of this new frontier of legit sports gambling. “The Super Rise of the SuperContest” presents the oral history of how a little-known NFL betting competition for Las Vegas sharps became a national phenomenon for everyone else due to simple rules and a huge payoff. And for those thinking about placing a tidy sum on a sure-thing Super Bowl prop bet, senior writer Bill Barnwell’s “The Art and Agony of the Super Bowl Prop Bet” hopes to save readers on game day with this advice: Don’t do it!
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