Tennessee sports betting ramps up for March Madness

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee– For the first time ever people can legally bet in Tennessee on the NCAA college basketball tournament.

March Madness is here with play-in games happening Thursday night and the full college basketball tournament gets underway starting Friday.

Head of Sportsbook at DraftKings, Johnny Avello, said there is a huge demand for betting on March Madness especially with last year’s tournament being canceled due to COVID. 

He said throughout the tournament more money is wagered on March Madness than the amount of money bet on the Super Bowl. 

Avello said people want access to as many gambling options as possible. 

“Besides the spread, the total, and the money line is our free pool survivor pool. Where $1 million is going to the winner and any other since that happened in the first rounds were randomly going to pick two people who signed up and give them $10,000. That’s gonna be bad in any jurisdiction in the country,” said Avello.

This year picking the women’s college basketball bracket will be available from the sweet 16 and on. 

You can watch many of the Men’s College basketball games on News 12 Now. 

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