For decades the only place you could legally wager on a basketball or football game was in Nevada. And to do it, you had to go to a casino “sports book”— in essence, a room where bettors sit in cushy seats while watching games on panoramic screens, and giant digital billboards tick out numbers to help them calculate how much they stand to win, or lose, on each match-up.
Kelly Stewart, a professional sports bettor, has spent hours of her life in sports books in Las Vegas. “College football season, I have no life,” she said. “I’m working 65 hours a week.”