How Old do I have to Be – Minimum Age – to Place a Bet on the Kentucky Derby

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Don Shapiro
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How Old do I have to Be – Minimum Age – to Place a Bet on the Kentucky Derby

If you are looking to place a bet on the Kentucky Derby in Vegas, you’ll need to be at least 21.  Betting online you must be 18 years or older.  BetUS welcomes those 18 years or older with a generous welcome bonus (max bonus $2500)

The vast majority of online sportsbooks like a BetUS, which has operated since 1994, allow those who are 18 years or older to place bets via the Web as they follow local gambling laws, even if you reside in North America. 

BetUS, like most North American facing online gambling sites, operate from the beautiful Central American nation of Costa Rica.  The parent company runs a few land-based casinos in Central and South America.

It’s interesting to note that the United States is one of the few countries that requires gamblers to be 21 or older (of course this can be bypassed online).  Most European countries, including Great Britain, allow gambling at the age of 18.’s home base of Canada has a minimum gambling age of 19.

For those heading to Las Vegas, most college age students looking to place a bet will be out of luck.

- Don Shapiro,

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