The Borgata in Atlantic City booked sports bets 30 minutes later. Other sportsbooks in New Jersey opened soon thereafter. For example, FanDuel's first sportsbook at the Meadowlands opened its doors on July Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile Notable prohibitions: No betting on games involving in-state college teams and collegiate events held within the state Number of casinos as of Dec. Mississippi enacted a new law in that allowed for sports betting pending a favorable decision by the Supreme Court.
In June , the Mississippi Gaming Commission adopted implementing regulations that require all betting to take place in person, with mobile wagering to be considered later. On Aug. The move came six months after the West Virginia legislature passed a new bill with the West Virginia Lottery Commission serving as the chief regulator. On Oct. According to Nedra Darling, spokeswoman at the Department of the Interior's Office of Indian Affairs -- the federal agency in Washington, DC that oversees tribal gaming compacts -- the New Mexico compacts permit "any or all forms of Class III Gaming," a category in the federal regulations that specifically includes "[a]ny sports betting and pari-mutuel wagering.
The move came just over a year after Gov. Tom Wolf signed a new sports betting bill as part of a broad legislation push that included online poker and DFS. The October bill became effective after the Supreme Court's May ruling upending the federal ban on single-game betting outside of Nevada.
The move came five months after Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the state budget, which included language allowing sports betting. Only two locations would be allowed to offer sports betting under the law, with the state's lottery providing regulatory oversight. In early , the law was tweaked to provide for mobile betting. Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile Notable prohibitions: No betting on games involving in-state college teams Number of casinos as of Dec.
Two other retail locations opened sportsbooks in the subsequent months. Sports betting is regulated by the Arkansas Racing Commission. On July 16, , the first legal sports bets were placed in New York. Gary Pretlow -- a New York lawmaker and chair of the state's racing and wagering committee -- was among the first to place a wager at the Rivers Casino in Schenectady. The opening of a legal sportsbook came six years after New York passed a law to allow sports betting at four on-site locations, all in upstate New York.
After lying dormant for years, the law was revived after the Supreme Court ruling in and the issuance of regulations earlier this year. The current law does not allow for mobile wagering. Legal sports betting arrived in Iowa on Aug. The move came three months after Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed into a law a comprehensive bill to legalize sports betting in the Hawkeye State.
The new law permits mobile wagering. Betting on college sports is permitted, but certain kinds of in-game prop bets involving college games are banned. The new law bestows the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission with authority to regulate sports betting. Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile Notable prohibitions: No prop betting on in-state college athletics Number of casinos as of Dec. Legal sports betting returned to Oregon on Aug.
Oregon is one of a small number of states that already had a law on the books permitting some forms of sports betting, so the resumption of wagering did not require the legislature to pass any new law or have the governor amend an existing tribal-state compact.
In mid-October, mobile sports betting arrived in Oregon too, with the state-run lottery overseeing the launch of a new website and app. Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile Notable prohibitions: None at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort, but sportsbook operated by the Oregon Lottery does not permit betting on games involving in-state colleges Number of casinos as of Dec. Legal sports betting opened up at a number of locations in Indiana on Sept.
The Indiana Gaming Commission oversees all sports betting regulations and has issued licenses to operators across the state. Wagering on both college and pro sports is permitted, but betting on esports and high school sports is banned. Indiana's new law allows for both mobile and in-person wagering. Regulations permit sports leagues or colleges to request "to utilize a geofence to prohibit wagers at the location of a particular sporting event. The state's lottery is in charge of regulatory of regulatory oversight.
Both retail and mobile sports betting will be permitted on a wide variety of sports, although no betting on New Hampshire's in-state colleges is allowed. Type of wagering permitted: Mobile Notable prohibitions: No betting on in-state colleges Number of casinos as of Dec.
Legal sports betting arrived in Illinois on March 9, The move came less than a year after the Illinois legislature passed a broad gaming bill that allowed for both online and in-person sports betting. With Governor J. Pritzker's signature, the new law also provided for betting on-location at venues such as Wrigley Field. Operators and certain data providers are required to obtain a license under the new law.
Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile Notable prohibitions: No wagering on minor leagues or Illinois college teams Number of casinos as of Dec. Legal sports betting in Michigan commenced on March 11, , with two Detroit-area casinos launching on the same day. The new law provides for wagering on a wide variety of sports, including college contests. Legal sports betting arrived in Montana in March The move came after Governor Steve Bullock formally signed into law a page bill that brought sports wagering to Big Sky country via the state's lottery.
Governor Bullock cited the Montana Lottery's "proven track record of responsibility and integrity" when signing the bill. May 1, marked the launch of legal sports betting in Colorado, with multiple operators allowing residents to open accounts online and place wagers. The move came less than six months after Colorado voters -- by a narrow margin -- approved a ballot measure that would provide "for the regulation of sports betting through licensed casinos.
Tax revenue from sports betting will help fund various state water projects. In June , the D. Lottery launched its "GameBetDC" platform allowing consumers "to wager while in the District on major sports worldwide" via computer or mobile device. Sports betting in nation's capital followed the passage of the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of and a Congressional review period during which time Congress did not formally object. The Office of Lottery and Gaming provides regulatory oversight of all sports wagering in D.
Type of wagering permitted: In-person and mobile Notable prohibitions: No betting on games involving colleges located in D. Number of casinos as of Dec. Regulated sports wagering -- all online -- launched on November 1, in Tennessee with four licensed operators offering a wide variety of options.
The "Tennessee Sports Gaming Act" permits statewide mobile sports betting without any brick-and-mortar anchor. As such, there are no in-person retail sports betting locations in the state. Subject to an exception, Tennessee's new law requires all licensed operators to "exclusively use official league data for purposes of live betting. On July 26, , Governor Roy Cooper signed into a law a bill to "allow sports and horse race wagering on tribal lands," with such betting designated as a 'Class III' gaming activity under the state compact.
The new law permits betting on both college and professional sports, but all bettors must place their wagers in-person at one of two retail locations. Governor Jay Inslee signed Washington's sports betting bill into law on March 25, The new law permits sports wagering at Class III tribal casinos in the state.
Mobile sports wagering is not allowed statewide, but is permitted when on-site at a licensed tribal casino. These will be points of contention in Montana legalized sports betting, including mobile gambling in May of The launch of sports betting happened in March of with Sports Bet Montana. Currently, sports betting is operational under the Montana Lottery, acting as a monopoly. Mobile betting is also limited to within certain distances of retail sports betting outlets.
Sports betting in Nebraska has failed to even get a bill on the floor so far. In , despite multiple attempts, a bill was not even able to get past the committee stage. It is not looking promising for Nebraska residents who would like to wager on sports. It seems that Iowa legalizing sports gambling has failed to cause any sense of urgency by legislators in Nebraska as they lose potential tax revenue to their bordering state.
Nevada is the original place to bet on sports. Currently, Nevada is the hotbed for physical and mobile sports betting. Despite the low population, due to tourism, the state has consistently produced hundreds of millions in revenue. New Hampshire passed legislation to allow for sports wagering in July of New Hampshire has decided to go with a one operator setup. New Hampshire partnered with DraftKings Sportsbook and for the foreseeable future and they will be the only Sportsbook for New Hampshire.
Fortunately for residents, this deal emphasizes mobile betting, so as long as you are anywhere in New Hampshire you can use the app. Soon after the decision, they took the lead in the new wave of sports betting. They have attracted every major sportsbook, and it certainly has to do with their openness to mobile sports betting. They have led the way when it comes to online sports gambling.
Now they are one of the flourishing sports betting locations in the country. New Mexico probably has the most obscure laws when it comes to this list. Tribal Casinos in New Mexico began taking sports wagers in However, there is no legislation allowing for legal sports betting, there just happens to also be no laws stating that it is illegal.
Currently, New Mexico does not seem to have a plan to widen or restrict betting. New York legalized sport betting on Jan 28th of and launched operations on July 17th of the same year. Currently, upstate casinos are the only place you can go to bet on sports. Mobile sports gambling has had many attempts at passing through the house; however, the latest attempts have all felt short. New York has a huge untapped market with online gambling currently illegal in the state, and it seems only a matter of time before the votes will be there to make them legal.
Currently, only Native American tribal casinos are legally allowed to offer sports wagering. Since then there have not been any attempts, in terms of legislation, when it comes to expanding sports gambling to the online and mobile market. The Cherokee tribe is the only group that legally is allowed to operate gambling operations in North Carolina. This makes legislation extremely tricky and it does not look promising for expanded and mobile betting in the near future.
However, even the Cherokee tribe is struggling to get things done as they still are awaiting a final green light to launch their Caesars Sportsbook. North Dakota is one of the quietest states when it comes to sports betting news. Not a single bill was submitted, even to a committee, that had to do with sports betting in the state. There is little in the way of news or support from lawmakers. The last bit we have gotten was from when an attempt was made to legalize sports wagering for charitable gaming locations.
The bill failed rather quickly and nothing has poked its head in terms of legislation since. Ohio talks have ramped up this year when it comes to sports betting. The House and Senate have met during the second half of to find compromises when it comes to tax rates, licensing, etc. The last bill to hit the committee was HB This bill is going to need major revisions, but talks are a good step.
Things are looking promising for Ohio; however, I think the first third of is a realistic date for bills to hit the floor. Governor Kevin Sitt attempted to offer Native American casinos compacts and authorized sports gambling in However, the Supreme Court of Oklahoma State ruled that the governor had overstepped his boundaries.
They claim legislation needs to be written before the governor can just partake in negotiations. Basically, Oklahoma is going to have to go the route of every other state, through the state House and Senate. Currently, there is no timeline as no bills have been proposed. The new ruling allowed for gambling to be expanded to single-game bets.
However, Oregon has gone the single-player route only allowing the Oregon Lottery to control all sports betting. The Scoreboard sports betting app, which launched in October , after legislation was signed on August 27th of that year, is the one place you can bet on sports online in Oregon. Currently, there is one tribal sportsbook open, which launched in September of Pennsylvania passed legal sports betting, including mobile betting on November 16, They would start to let sportsbooks go live in May of , as they began to test the product.
Pennsylvania now operates at full capacity with several physical and online sportsbooks for all your wager needs. SugarHouse was the lucky sportsbook app to launch first; however, several competitors have teamed up with tracks and casinos in the following months, including DraftKings.
On November 26, , Rhode Island legalized sports gambling within the state. However, the initial language of the legislation did not leave room for mobile and online sports wagers. In early the House and Senate expanded on the law to include online and mobile sports gambling, which was a huge step in the right direction.
Originally in September of , you needed to register in person for mobile betting; however, finally, the process has moved completely online. Following a failed bill in the earlier days of , South Carolina legislators have failed to bring up any kind of bill to do with sports betting in the state.
Even in the first attempt at some kind of commercial gaming for sports wagers, nothing in the bill hinted at legalizing online wagering. It does not look like South Carolina is anywhere close to legalized sports betting in the near future. A bill was passed in March of this year to allow voters in South Dakota to decide if sports betting should be legalized and regulated by the state.
If the proposition passes it will allow the legislature to set the rules in the season. If everything goes perfectly we could see sports betting legalized in South Dakota and launched by August of An important thing to note is that South Dakota will be only allowing mobile betting in casinos. Tennessee passed legislation on April 20th of to legalize sports gambling. Going against the grain Tennessee will only be offering online sports betting in their state.
There will be no physical locations to go to bet. The first wave of apps will launch on November 1st, It has taken some time for the regulatory bodies to figure out all the rules and restrictions they would like to put into place. However, it does make sense as this will really be the first of its kind as an online-only betting state. Several online sportsbooks will surely be looking to get in on the action in the next wave of approval. Texas legislators in the Senate offered an extremely detailed bill in the first half of ; however, the bill never was voted on and has since faded away.
Unfortunately, since then there has been no solid attempt at getting sports betting on another piece of legislation. Texas has a massive opportunity to unleash a monstrous revenue stream for the state by legalizing sports gambling. However, for now, the hope is just to see some kind of idea pushed from the State lawmakers for Utah has no gambling of any kind in the state.
Due to the States deep ties with the Church, specifically the Mormon religion, it is highly unlikely that the state legislator overturns any kind of gambling. It will take a massive culture shift over many years for Utah to legalize gambling. While Vermont currently has no timeline or bill in place to legalize sports betting, there has been some good news.
In early a Senate bill was proposed to create a Study Committee for sports betting. These kinds of committees are created to develop and understand a certain topic of law and usually end up leading to legislation down the line. Covid has delayed the bill to create said the committee, but there is hope for it in the latter half of Virginia legalized sports betting, including online sportsbooks, on July 1st, Since then there have been many steps for the Virginia Lottery, the body overseeing the legalization process, having to approve regulations and licensing formats.
Sportsbooks will be looking to team up with one of the 5 casino operators in the state to launch their online sports betting. However, those who do not team up will still have the opportunity to launch their app, they will just need separate approval from the Virginia Lottery Committee. The application process for both begian on Oct 15th of On March 25th of sports betting became legalized in the State of Washington.
However, it is currently limited to only tribal casinos, and it can only take place on their property. This bill has been a bit of a catch for those hoping for online betting and expanded sports wagers. While it is nice to finally have some way to bet on sports in Washington, the bill is so restrictive due to tribal lobbying that many would have waited longer to get a more comprehensive and expansive piece of legislation through.
Sports gambling was legalized for West Virginia during March West Virginia does offer mobile and physical betting, though oddly enough, only three sportsbooks are currently in play. DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM have all teamed up with a casino to have physical locations, as well as offering online betting apps to play on. There is no current timeline for sports betting in the state since there has yet to be an attempt at legalization. The hope is as more states legalize sports betting through we will begin to see rumblings in the State legislature for Wisconsin, and start to get an idea at where their heads are at.
A bill that would have legalized sports betting in Wyoming failed on the house floor during March of this year. The vote was lost right before the pandemic hit and killed any chance of legalization in However, the good news is that the bill did focus on mobile and online gambling.
Since Wyoming has basically no casinos, or betting facilities it would only make sense to focus on the mobile side of sports betting. Check out our Betting Strategy section for training courses, betting picks, and daily fantasy picks. Once you feel good about your approach, read our Sportsbook Reviews, and find the biggest bonus for the sportsbooks you want to register on. One of our missions is to help people make smarter bets. We have a qualified team of daily fantasy and sports bettors to help you learn some tips and find your winning formula.
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Single Game Bets: Single game bets are the most common ways to wager on sports. These are bets based on the outcome of a single game between two teams or players. Moneylines: This is the first kind of single-game bet, and it is the easiest to understand. Here you will be given odds for either team to win the match and you simply select the team that you think will win.
If the team you wagered on does win, then you win your bet! Total Points: A popular single-game bet that takes the combined point total of two teams at the end of their match as the thing that you are betting on. Oddsmakers will provide a number and you can either bet the over or under on that number. If the total points is over the set amount, then the over wins.
If the total points is under the set amount, then the under wins. A spread is how much a team either needs to win by or can lose by. In this case, the favorite needs to win by over 4. The underdog can win, tie, or lose by up to 4. Team Futures: Other ways to bet include team futures, where you are betting on a certain result to happen at the end of the season. Prop Bets: Prop bets are fun bets that have to do with specific things happening in a game.
You can bet on which team you think will score first, or even which player! You can also bet halftime spreads or total points, as well as being able to bet on how many yards a running back will rush for in a game, or if a baseball player will hit a home run in their game. Live Betting: Live-betting is betting on games that are currently live at that very moment. These are always fun as you watch the odds and spreads shift throughout the game based on how it is going.
Against the Spread Record Betting : This is using the past to your advantage. Oftentimes, a team will, for one reason or another, perform very well against the spreads that oddsmakers give them. This team does not even necessarily have to be talented, it is more about their perception.
If the public constantly underestimates or overestimates a team, oddsmakers will tend to lean towards that belief. For you, this means that you can go against the grain, and with history on your side make a confident bet. An example of this was the Patriots who were against the spread. Meaning that Vegas constantly underrated the team, despite their great performances. On the opposite side of the spectrum, you have the Bears who were against the spread.
Do not buy points : Another tip you often see from experts is to avoid buying points. This refers to buying extra points in a spread i. Sportsbooks often overcharge for this compared to the benefit that you are getting for that one point. While it is not completely useless I advise simply staying away from the spread if you feel the need to buy points.
Instead, do some more digging and find a game that you are more confident about! Gambling in America has historically gone through eras of sentiment. The mixed feelings of the average citizen are reflected in swings of public opinion, which have alternated between prohibitions of wagering and the relaxing of restrictions.
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The iconic Caesars name is well-known to both online and brick-and-mortar casino patrons. The sportsbook has launched in a trio of states to date. This is a newer offering that has made its debut in the Colorado market. The company also has its sights set on entering the New Jersey, Indiana and Iowa markets as soon as possible.
As the name implies, the site is solely focused on sports betting. Unibet is an international operator that has a big presence on the global scene. This is a basic offering without a lot of bells and whistles, but solid for just getting down to business. Michigan is next up on the launch watch list. The current timeline calls for MI to be live in early Plans call for retail only in both states, but the fact that sports betting legislation has been passed in at least some form can be seen as a glimmer of hope on the online front.
A handful of states have opened up sports betting on a retail basis without launching online. Efforts to legalize online betting in these states have stalled to date, but it remains a work in progress. There are another 20 states that are at least considering some form of sports betting legislation. The list of states in which there has been absolutely no movement stands at eight.
For decades, the only state in which you could legally place a sports bet in person was Nevada. Washington and North Carolina are expected to be the next states to open brick-and-mortar sportsbooks at tribal casinos. Sports betting legislation has at least been introduced in 20 states that have yet to act on the matter. The next legal sports betting states are likely coming from the above list at some point. Meanwhile, these states are still holding out and have yet to introduce legislation to legalize sports betting.
The best options available for US sports bettors come via the sites that have been approved for operations in the respective states. Gaining acceptance and approval is not easy, and those who have joined the list of approved operators have invested heavily to do so.
Here are some of the main points to understand. There are a few easy ways to spot which sites are on the up and up versus those that are not. For starters, the majority of legal states maintain a running list of approved operators on their websites under the division of gambling section or its equivalent. When an operator is legit, it will point users to the right places for information on things such as legality and responsible gambling.
Each of the individual states is responsible for setting its own rules and regulations for sports betting. As a result, not every piece of legislation that has been passed to date reads in the exact same fashion. The standard stuff, such as team-based professional sports and major individual competitions, are good to go at all legal and regulated sportsbooks. Each of the operators will also offer various niche sports, but the list of options may vary.
One of the biggest points of difference has been on college sports. While you can bet on college football and basketball in several states, some have expressly prohibited wagering on in-state teams or on amateur events that take place in the state. In general, the legal sportsbooks stay away from non-sports events.
That means no wagering on the weather, reality television outcomes or on elections. However, wagering on the Oscars has been allowed here and there. While there is often chatter about the betting odds for major political events such as the US presidential election , it remains illegal to bet on the outcome of that. Legal and regulated operators offer odds and markets on sporting events. Before and after the Supreme Court decision, NBA officials spent most of trying to get a cut of sports betting money from various state legislatures.
The same policy existed when an NBA team played in Vancouver. Provinces that do not host NBA teams offer parlay cards on games for the sport. The NHL largely let other leagues take the lead on sports betting issues prior to signing a data and marketing agreement with MGM Resorts in November NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman also weighed in during the Stanley Cup Final in Las Vegas : the league wants federal legislation or state-level equivalents and a slice of sports betting money.
The Vegas Golden Knights drew heavy betting interest through their inaugural season. It has no issues with the activity in Canada. Some teams participate with lotteries that sell NHL parlay cards. The NHL also opposed new sports betting legislation in Canada. Major League Baseball is sensitive to betting on its games. It will provide the company with exclusive rights to advanced data for in-play betting. Pete Rose betting on his games and the aftermath involved in that scandal is another black eye MLB never wants to see again.
The Montreal Expos were also on parlay cards when that team existed. Interestingly, the NFL is not advocating for integrity fees. The NFL is the only major professional sports league with no direct investment into daily fantasy sports, although 28 of its 32 teams are involved in sponsorships. The NFL plays games in London , where betting shops are on every corner, and the league seems to have no issues with that. The organization detests sports betting despite the fact that college football and March Madness college betting are two of the largest drivers of handle.
The NCAA instituted a de facto ban on national championship contests being held in states with legal sports betting, namely Nevada. But it reversed course after the Supreme Court decision, at least temporarily. That is in part because it already awarded future championships to states that will have sports betting.
The NCAA similarly does not like fantasy sports. It does not permit student-athletes to enter contests. Many conferences do not accept advertising from daily fantasy sites. Professional golf jumped into the sports betting fray by supporting the integrity fee concept along with MLB and the NBA.
The tour also wants sports betting operators to pay for official data from its ShotLink system. The data question also comes up with other leagues, but the PGA Tour claims to have a different case with proprietary data.
In-play betting that relies on data can easily be gleaned from TV broadcasts in many sports. The same can be said for golf with scoring, but anything more in-depth driving distance, length of putts, etc. New Jersey voters passed a non-binding referendum in November that instructed the state legislature to legalize sports betting.
The legislature quickly passed a bill that would have regulated sports betting at New Jersey racetracks and Atlantic City casinos. Governor Chris Christie signed the bill into law. The major sports leagues challenged New Jersey in court, claiming that the state was not exempted by PASPA; therefore it could not legalize sports betting.
A lower court ruling sided with the leagues, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed it. The US Supreme Court at that time refused to hear the case. New Jersey tried another angle. The state attempted to deregulate and decriminalize sports betting in the same venues as before. The sports leagues returned to court and challenged the new approach to sports betting.
The sports leagues prevailed in the lower court and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. It maintains the black market of illegal gambling is too lucrative and thrives in the unregulated environment. Daily fantasy sports is believed to be legal in at least 40 states , according to the companies that promote the product.
Daily fantasy sports is generally considered to be legal in about 40 states , with laws on the books in about half of those. Nevada requires a gaming license to operate a daily fantasy sports site. FanDuel does not serve Texas , but DraftKings does. Yes, but it depends on where you are located. Legal sports betting can be done online in many of the states mentioned above. You do not have to be a resident of a state to bet there, but you do need to be physically located within the state to place a legal online sports bet.
It made payment processing of illegal gambling transactions a federal crime. It exempted gaming specifically legalized at the state level, horse racing and some forms of fantasy sports. Online sports betting is legal throughout most of Europe including the UK.
This includes betting shops, mobile apps and over the Internet. Some of the best online betting sites in Europe are now operating in the US. Canada lotteries offer parlay cards on a variety of sports, including football, basketball, baseball and hockey. There is a push to expand betting to straight wagers. Maine Mary. Ohio Okla. Texas Utah Ver.
Virginia Wash. An additional sportsbook was added in October at the Saracen Casino Resort. It could be a while before Arkansas has full mobile betting. Colorado accepted its first online and retail wagers in and has quickly turned into one of the most robust markets with all the major players involved, including DraftKings , FanDuel , BetMGM and BetRivers from day one.
In Sept. Australian-based PointsBet opened its North American headquarters in Denver, helping what could be a major player in U. Colorado has one of the most operator-friendly setups in the country and more than two-dozen digital sportsbooks are expected to be live there in the coming years. Delaware was the first state outside Nevada to accept a legal single-game sports bet, beating New Jersey by a few weeks after the Supreme Court struck down the federal wagering ban in May Its small size, population and the proliferation of digital sports betting options in its neighboring states will leave Delaware a relative afterthought despite its quick start.
However, market participation has been slow, in part due to limited online skin counts and stiff taxes and fees. More importantly, Illinois bettors are required to register at a retail sportsbook before betting with an online option, though this requirement has been waived on a month-by-month basis by Gov.
As more sportsbooks enter — and as long as the in-person registration requirements are waived — Illinois should continue to grow. The registration mandate sunsets permanently in , and marquee sports venues such as Wrigley Field and the United Center could open sportsbooks in coming years.
Indiana went live Sept. It took just a few months from legalization to first bet, and Indiana has continued its fast start with a well-rounded market. The biggest players, including FanDuel and DraftKings, take up most of the market share within the state, but a dozen or so sportsbooks are expected to make noise in the coming years. Iowa started accepting bets on Aug. The in-person registration requirement set to sunset in should help the market even further.
Though it has a smaller in population and has no professional sports teams, it could still be among the more lucrative per capita markets in the country. Online books such as BetMGM could launch before the end of or very early in Michigan has the potential to be one of the biggest sports betting and online gaming markets in the country, and its legislation allows for a competitive market with multiple operators. The state technically has mobile wagering, but you can only place bets while inside a casino.
This has hurt its market share, despite being one of the few legal Southern betting states. The initial retail sports betting legislation was passed as a corollary to a fantasy sports bill at a time when the federal ban appeared it would not be lifted. Passing a statewide online betting bill in conservative Mississippi will be a far more difficult task. Montana officially started taking bets in March with a sports betting app run by the company that runs the state lottery.
This government-run monopoly keeps out other top sportsbooks and can jeopardize competitive prices. It also only works in licensed gaming properties. The state requires bettors to come into a casino to register in person before placing via the Internet. Nevada will always hold a special spot for American gaming, but it is already just the second-most lucrative sports betting state and it could continue to fall down the ranks as more and more populated states with statewide mobile wagering launch in the coming years.
Online wagering began on Dec. DraftKings is the sole mobile operator in the state, though there are a handful of retail betting locations that have opened or intend to do so. New Hampshire has done decently well despite its limited market, but this could end when or if Massachusetts launches mobile wagering. New Jersey, the state to bring the sports gambling case to the Supreme Court, is now enjoying the fruits of its labor.
A New York mobile launch could cut into these massive numbers, but New Jersey will still continue as a marquee market for years to come. No bills have been passed, but Native American tribes have interpreted that sportsbooks are legal at tribal casinos under existing state tribal gaming compacts.
There are only a handful of retail sportsbooks spread across the state and it appears the first state to take a bet without an act of the legislature or voters will continue to do so. However, Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the first time on Jan.
Thanks to a limited exemption in the federal sports betting ban that allowed it to offer parlay cards, Oregon officials determined the state lottery could begin taking bets without a separate act of the legislature. The state lottery app took its first bet in , but with only one legal mobile wagering option, it has not been able to match competitive markets.
Notably, in-state college betting is prohibited via the lottery app. A handful of Native American casinos have opened retail sportsbooks, which permit college betting as well, but these too are small revenue generators.
Pennsylvania was among a handful of states to accept a legal retail sports bet in and, beginning with its digital launch, has been among the biggest markets in the country. Rhode Island has been offering legal sports betting since when retail sportsbooks opened at its two commercial casinos. William Hill now owned by Caesars is the only legal retail and online sportsbook in the state. Since it has no casinos, Tennessee is the only state that has online-only sports betting.
Virginia took its first online sports bet in January and as many as a dozen options could be available by the end of the year. The lone legal District-wide mobile app, GamBet, is run by the lottery and, partially because it has no legal competition, has offered lines worse than market averages. Another entrant, Handle 19, is readying to enter the marketplace with a retail location.
Overall, D. It will never rival some of the larger markets, but bettors at least have several legal options to place a bet from anywhere within the state. Louisiana is the first to approve sports betting at a county or parish level, so it remains to be seen what sports betting will look like when it launches in or Lawmakers will also need to determine key regulatory details — including allowing online access — which could be a complex legislative process. Retail casinos will almost assuredly be able to open retail sportsbooks as early as , but it remains to be seen how or if online wagering would be conducted in Louisiana.
The voters of Maryland said yes to legalizing sports gambling in the Nov. But there is widespread, bipartisan support for online and retail betting , meaning Marylanders should expect the launch of a competitive, digital marketplace as early as North Carolina legalized in-person sports betting in July for two tribal casinos in the western portion of the state, but both are still working towards opening their respective sportsbooks.
While that bill did not permit any mobile wagering, the state is expected to consider statewide mobile wagering in Lawmakers still need to pass follow-up legislation, but bettors should expect retail books to open in the historic gaming community of Deadwood as well as tribal casinos as early as The state constitution only permits wagering within Deadwood and tribal lands, but some believe statewide mobile wagering could be approved as long as the servers are placed in Deadwood.
This is far from a sure bet, but could open an interesting new digital market. Washington legalized sports betting on March 25, , though no bets have been taken because the state is in compact negotiations with tribal representatives to come up with terms of a new agreement that will allow sports betting to take place on tribal lands.
Arizona officials have touched on sports betting proposals the last few years and are still considering a path for state tribes to take sports bets. Key details would still need to be resolved, but officials from both parties are bullish on a deal, possibly as early as Online betting may be a tougher endeavor, but Arizona seems on solid footing for some sort of legal wagering sooner than later. With politicians largely supportive, Connecticut remains one of the more plausible states to pass a sports betting bill.
But until, or if, stakeholders can reach a deal, sports betting remains illegal. Some Florida politicians have come out in support of legal wagering, but a host of legal and logistical obstacles have thwarted any legislative efforts. Miami-based sports betting legislation expert Daniel Wallach said a constitutional amendment that prohibits lawmakers from passing gaming legislation without a voter referendum would not necessarily stop the legislature from authorizing sports gambling.
It could still be a major legal stumbling block. The other major concern is the interests of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Though the Seminoles would almost assuredly support the right to open sportsbooks in Florida, as they have in other states, any authorization would have to come on their terms, which may not include online betting.
Online casinos are also legal, meaning New Jersey-ites can enjoy new slot games in as well as betting on a wide array of sports. Online sports betting is possible in Nevada, but you must first create your account while inside a physical casino first. Sports betting websites have been operating since , with a broad selection of bookmakers to choose from. Users can sign up, deposit and place wagers from their computer or mobile device, but there are some restrictions on in-game betting.
Most major online bookmakers operate in Pennsylvania where online wagering has been allowed since The state is a big market since it has one of the biggest populations in the country and a high proportion of sports fans. First allowed in May , sports fans in Colorado already have a good selection of sports books to choose from. It also has some of the most liberal rules surrounding sports betting, with online registration and depositing, no in-game restrictions and wagers on college teams allowed.
Existing physical casinos in the state have an month head start over national online brands. After sports betting was permitted in May , several sports books have begun operating in the state. However, until fans must visit a sports book or casino in-person to create their account. Mississippi first legalized sports betting in , but it requires bets to be placed inside a casino, even if the customer wants to use their smartphone.
Only a handful of brands operate in the state right now, but more are expected to open soon. In short, there are two sets of laws we must address in any discussion of sports betting or gambling. First, there are federal betting laws that apply to all states across the nation. These are the big picture laws that have an impact across all fifty states.
Federal laws set the general tone for gambling, but tend not to be too specific in nature. State betting laws impact things on the state level and cover everything not already covered by federal gambling laws. State laws tend to be more specific in nature as they fill in the gaps left by federal law. This is why, for example, when PASPA a federal law was in effect, states had no option to legalize and regulate sports betting.
Some states have since chosen to legalize and regulate sports betting. In other states, sports betting is still prohibited by state law. State laws also tend to deal with the nitty gritty details of gambling regulation. This is where state gambling commissions come into play and spell out all the rules for legal forms of gambling within each state. It is state law that determines things such as accepted business hours for casinos, how quickly winning sports wagers must be paid and so on.
This all goes to explain why we have a page dedicated to the betting laws of every US state. The laws and legal forms of gambling vary from state to state. Overall, the general tone in the United States today is drifting to a more accepting view of gambling. No states have moved to clamp down on gambling to any major degree in recent years, but many states have instead chosen to expand legal gambling options for their citizens.
As new developments take place in the US, we will update our state-by-state pages to keep you informed and up to date. Individual states now have the right to legalize and regulate sports betting as they see fit. Of those four states, only Nevada had a complete exemption allowing true, single-game sports betting. Beyond that, no state was allowed any form of sports betting. Each state must now alter its own laws to bring sports betting back into play.
Lawmakers in nearly two dozen states have introduced legislation seeking to legalize and regulate sports betting. To date, the following states have passed laws and either already have sportsbooks in operation or will soon. We will update this list and cover the latest legislative actions taking place across the United States as more states legalize sports betting,. This page describes what types of wagers are legal right now , along with a preview of things to come based on legal issues playing out in legislatures across the country.
That said, not all states are created equal when it comes to sports betting, and many high-value states are still sitting on the legal sports betting sidelines. The good news is several of these states are actively trying to get in the game. Federal law largely leaves the regulation of online horse racing betting to the states. Some states expressly prohibit horse racing betting in all its forms, but most either passively allow the activity or have laws on the books to regulate in-person and online horse racing betting.
Furthermore, exemptions written into federal gambling laws allow horse racing betting operators that are licensed in one state to offer their services in other states provided the activity is legal in both jurisdictions. As a result, a handful of operators run by well-known brands in the horse racing industry offer their services across most of the country. The confounding factor in all of this is that the law in many states is outdated and unclear on the legality of online horse racing betting, leaving it up to individual operators to interpret the law in each state and determine whether or not they are comfortable offering their services there.
As a result, not all horse racing betting sites are active in all states. Readers can visit each state page on BettingUSA for up to date legal information where they live and a list of safe, legal betting sites that are available in that state. The daily fantasy sports DFS industry has received carveouts from federal anti-gambling laws that result in the activity being regulated primarily at the state level.
The legality of online DFS was unclear in the majority of US states during the early years of the DFS boom, but much progress has been made on the legislative front since then. Today, most states have laws on the books that specifically legalize and regulate DFS operators. A small number of states still prohibit the activity, but most states have either passed legislation to regulate fantasy sports sites or permit DFS under existing law.
Sports fans can read more about the legality of DFS in each state, as well as see which fantasy sports sites are active in each state, here:. States were prohibited from legalizing and regulating online gambling up until due to the Federal Wire Act previously being interpreted as applying to all forms of gambling.
The Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Nation believe they have exclusive rights to offer sports betting in Connectiut , while OTB providers like Sportech and the Connecticut Lottery — and big hitters like Caesars Entertainment — are all angling for a piece of the action. Until a functional operational agreement can be hammered out, no land-based sports wagering venues will open inside the state. Land-based sports betting was legalized in Arkansas in November via voter referendum Issue 4.
Sports wagering is overseen by the Arkansas Racing Commission, and bettors must be 21 or older in order to participate. The Oaklawn venue was first to market, accepting its first bets on July 1, Saracen Casino was the second having launched its sports betting annex on October 1, , while the resort itself is still under construction. Southland Racing has yet to launch an AR sportsbook and a casino licensee for Pope County has yet to be named. There is no provision in the existing AR law for state-licensed online sports betting.
In order for any Internet-based domestic sportsbooks to open, a new law will have to be crafted and passed. It is unclear if such an expansion would require statewide voter approval. Sports wagering was legalized in Illinois on June 28, , when Gov. Pritzker signed SB into law. Lottery retail locations could also offer sports betting under the law. Additionally, SB allows for online and mobile sports betting statewide, and it also creates 6 new casino licenses to expand gambling in the state.
These licenses are good for four years. After SB passed on June 28, , sports betting in Illinois technically became legal. The law also authorizes Illinois to issue sports betting licenses to casinos as well. In March , the first retail sportsbooks in the state. Three casinos, two in the greater Chicago area and one near St. Louis, were issued preliminary licenses. These licenses last for four years. For the first 18 months of operation, bettors will need to register in-person at a partnered casino in order to place bets online.
The law authorizes up to 10 in-state retail betting licenses and up to 5 online betting licenses for statewide mobile wagering. License fees are not specified in the New Hampshire sports betting law, and sportsbook applicants will be selected based on a bidding process. New Hampshire will select the operators that offer the largest revenue-sharing proposals to the state. Currently, Hew Hampshire offers its residents mobile and internet sports betting platforms with DraftKings Sportsbook.
The launch of the state-affiliated sports betting outlet occurred in December Sports bettors must be 21 years old to use this application for wagering on sports. There is no concrete timeline for when retail sports betting will formally launch in NH. The only restrictions of the new sports betting law is no in-state NCAA team or game being played within state lines can be wagered on at state-licensed books.
Collegiate games that include non-NH teams and which are played outside state borders can be wagered on at New Hampshire sportsbooks. The Indiana legislature passed legislation to legalize sports wagering in late April , and it was signed by the governor on May 8, Laws regulating sports betting in Indiana also allows state-wide online sports wagering, making the state one of the most comprehensive sports wagering destinations on the map. On September 1, , sports betting launched in three retail locations.
Since then more and more gambling establishments have joined and have launched Indiana sportsbooks themselves. The law only allows for internet and mobile sports betting platforms, meaning no land-based locations are available as they are not specified as such within the law. Four sportsbook operators launched on the official date with more to come in the future. Having just the four initial sports wagering businesses, Tennesseans still jumped at the chance to bet on sports matchups using local outlets.
That number is expected to grow as the popularity of the activity does and more sports betting operations open. During each meeting held by the Tennessee Education Lottery TEL , the committee can issue licenses to applicants for sports betting businesses. Three closely-related sports wagering bills have been passed by the IA legislature and were signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on May 13, Online sports betting is authorized under the law, but it will require in-person registration at a qualified casino venue until January 1, Both land-based and state-wide online sports betting apps were launched on August 15, Oregon was originally one of four states that were exempt from the federal ban on sports betting known as PASPA.
There was no need for any Oregon sports betting bills to pass through the legislature in order to authorize sports betting because of that pre-existing exception. Oregon did, however, still need to put appropriate infrastructure in place to support sports betting. Tribal casinos can only offer land-based sports betting options, but they can also offer collegiate betting. To counter that, the state lottery launched a state-wide mobile betting app—called Scoreboard— in the fall of but limits it to only betting on professional sports such as the NFL, NBA, and MLB.
Legal sports betting in Minnesota is an idea that lawmakers in the state have not warmed up to yet but has been long-awaited by many residents of the state. There is no doubt that people in the Land of 10, Lakes love sports and love betting on their favorite teams even more.
The state as a whole is known to be a pro-gambling state and federal laws have changed to allow legal sports betting all across the nation. In a state with high activity of gambling and sports teams, it is assumed that legal MN sports betting gain traction and be a legitimate option sooner rather than later.
Not to worry as we collected all of that information and compiled it in this guide to ensure you fully comprehend every aspect of the gambling industry. After reading through this, you should be able to understand your rights to legally place bets on your favorite sports teams or against your least favorite and locations of where to get it done. Our goal is to ensure you are comfortable with all of the information presented and can safely and legally make a wager without the question of its legality.
Legal sports betting in Colorado had to jump through some hoops but, alas, it is officially here! Colorado residents and visitors of the state will now have a chance to go to a retail sportsbook in one of three towns. Casinos in those towns that receive a license to conduct sports betting in CO will also be able to offer statewide mobile sports wagering apps.
At the tail end of , Michigan legalized sports betting on December The battle to legalize sports wagering in Michigan was a battle. In , lawmakers actually did end up passing sports betting legislation. Then when it went to the previous Governors desk, he decided to veto the bill. He was concerned that legalizing sports betting in Michigan would undercut the School Aid Fund in Michigan.
Current Gov. Whitmer had similar concerns. She indicated that she would not sign a sports betting bill that would undercut the School Aid Fund. To prevent that from happening, lawmakers and the governor worked together to find a tax sweet spot to help sportsbooks remain profitable while keeping the School Aid Fund funded. Sports betting is taxed at an 8. Once sportsbooks open, 26 casinos in the state will be able to open retails and online sportsbooks. Online sportsbooks will be available statewide and remote registration for mobile sportsbooks will be allowed as well.
Michigan legalized sports betting on December 20, when it passed HB The new bill addressed his concern with a healthy, but reasonable, 8. There are currently 26 casinos throughout Michigan, and all will be authorized to open retail and online sportsbooks. Three casinos, all in Detroit, opened their sportsbooks to the public in early March. Michigan state and casino officials had been working around the clock since December to prepare sportsbooks for a pre-March Madness launch, but widespread sports cancellations in response to the COVID pandemic will likely stunt any potential growth for Michigan sports betting over the next several months.
Still, the industry is in a good place moving forward, especially now that large sports betting firms like William Hill have begun signing deals to operate online sportsbooks for major casinos. Legal sports betting in Virginia went through a bit of a non-traditional way to get here but it is finally up and running.
In , the state passed a sports betting bill. However the stipulations of the bill required that a study be conducted about Virginia sports betting and that it had to pass again in before it was officially legalized. Fast forward to April of and the state passed that very bill that not only legalized land-based sports betting but also online sports betting in VA. These land-based venues are still in construction while online sportsbooks launched in January of In-person registration is not required for online sportsbooks.
However, one thing to note is that the law does not allow betting on in-state college teams so Virginia sports bettors will still have to turn to overseas-based online sportsbooks to bet on the Virginia Cavaliers and Virginia Tech Hokies. Indiana sportsbooks will also not offer betting lines on high school events or esports tournaments.
In addition to land-based sports betting, mobile and online sports betting is also a massive draw for sports bettors. Many states have begun regulated online sports betting but that number is far less than those that have land-based sports betting. With regulated online sports betting, you are able to wager at your local sportsbook without physically having to be there. You will find betting lines online and on mobile apps that offer the same betting lines that you would find if you entered these sportsbooks.
Many top US-based mobile sportsbooks have curated deals with states all over to bring mobile sports betting. Many states, however, have not regulated online betting and in some cases, online and mobile betting is still restricted to being on the casino floor. In addition, even states that offer true mobile on the go sports betting can only be accessed from within the state.
This means if you travel outside of the state you cannot access your sportsbook. Fortunately, there is a solution, online international sportsbooks bring sports betting to all sports bettors across the country. This means no matter where you are you will be able to bet on your favorite sport. No, the Wire Act does not make sports betting illegal. The Wire Act actually makes it unlawful for someone to take your bet, rather than to place one.
The law was written this way in order to prevent interstate sports wagering from occurring. Federal lawmakers knew that if they made betting illegal, people would find a way around it. They figured that going after the person who takes the bets would be the more prudent course of action because people would just try to keep themselves out of trouble and stop taking bets on the phone or online.
They were right because the Wire Act still prevents interstate sports betting from occurring today. Fortunately, though, the Wire Act is a US federal law, and so it has no jurisdiction over online sportsbooks that are located overseas. US laws cannot tell people in other countries what to do. Because of this, the Wire Act has no effect over online, offshore sportsbooks taking your wagers.
As you know, regulated online sports betting is now a state-by-state matter. With no more federal interference, states can individually decide how, when, and where to offer their own sports wagering products. In the case of offshore online sports betting sites, state regulations — as well as federal regulations including PASPA, when it was still active — have no impact whatsoever on those businesses or your freedom to enjoy their sports wagering products. Offshore books exist outside the scope of US regulatory oversight and legal jurisdiction.
Because all these US and state laws criminalize only unlicensed domestic sportsbook operators, offshore operators are unaffected. And since individuals in the US are not criminalized for placing wagers with real money sportsbooks , nobody is breaking any laws. All that said, do not make the mistake of thinking that these offshore books are not regulated. As such, it remains against the law for these books to cheat their customers, and they are all held to as high a standard as any licensed, domestic US book.
These books are safe and legitimate, provided you choose the most respected, long-lived providers in the business. Betting on sports has grown from an occasional hobby to one of the most impactful economic activities in the world.
Sports betting is a multi-billion dollar industry across the United Kingdom and in countries such as Spain, Australia, and Macau. In the United States, only a handful of states have legalized sports betting, and even fewer have legalized online sports betting, meaning that states are leaving hundreds of millions of dollars on the table. Sports betting is extremely popular in the United States, and the lack of legal land-based options has not diminished the demand for the product in any way.
This means that in over 30 years of effectively having a legal sports betting monopoly in the US, Nevada plus the few states currently also offering sports wagering services took in a total handle that US bettors regularly surpass in a single half-year of sports betting. The figures above prove that by not expanding government regulated sports betting, the states of the US — and the federal government itself — are depriving their coffers of billions of dollars in potential tax revenue.
Americans want to bet on sports, and their spending behaviors show that the activity will be continued and continue to grow with or without regulations. Now that PASPA is no more, it is time for states to overcome any obstacles that currently prevent them from regulating sports betting on their own soil. Mobile sports betting has made its way to a quite a bit of the states that have passed measures to legalize sports betting.
The states that have domestic i. Mississippi has mobile betting, but this is limited only to the grounds of licensed casinos that have operational books. Several other states — particularly those without existing casino districts or robust land-based gambling industries — are legalizing mobile betting as a matter of course whenever they pass otherwise standard sports betting legislation.
Delaware is something of a special case, as it is legally able to offer mobile sports betting via its state lottery, but that product has not yet rolled out. Tennessee is in a unique position as the only state that has legalized mobile betting but not land-based betting. Eventually, of course, almost all states that establish their own legal sports betting industries will. We've seen that this can change as well, as Hawaii already has a pending sports gambling bill in its legislature.
This freed up states to issue legislation that would legalize online casinos and poker. Now the Act simply prohibits any interstate gambling transmissions for all state-regulated gambling, meaning that state gambling businesses are not permitted to accept wagers across state lines. This interpretation is being challenged in court, so the application of the Wire Act could change yet again.
PASPA prohibited states from authorizing or licensing sports betting enterprises themselves. New Jersey was victorious in their historic Supreme Court case where they are argued that PASPA violates their rights as they tried to authorize sports betting in SCOTUS ruled that PASPA was indeed unconstitutional and rendered the law null and void and has therefore placed the authority to regulate sports wagering into the hands of the individual states.
You can help with the ongoing US sports betting legal disputes by contacting your state representatives and encouraging them to vote on matters you support. Contact your state representatives and tell them to support sports betting legislation. If you visit our state bill tracker page - you will see a map with all the states.
If you click on that map you will see a list of all pending bills for any given state. If a state is not 'clickable', you will know there are no sports betting bills pending for that state. One of the most stringent protocols for any gambling sector is age verification. States have gambling age requirements to prevent minors from gaining access to both brick-and-mortar and online gambling platforms.
Most states have a minimum gambling age somewhere between 18 and However, most state-regulated sports betting platforms that we've seen launched require participants to be at least 21 years old, but there are a few exceptions. This depends on whether the DOJ opinion on the Wire Act will be challenged in court though it has received a temporary injunction on its new "interpretation".
However, New Hampshire and other states are attempting to challenge this opinion in court, and so far things are looking good. Be the legal situation as it may, sports betting still happens. American bettors are flocking to regulated offshore sportsbooks or illegal online and offline bookies to place their wagers.
Sports gambling is a billion-dollar industry. To put things in perspective, check out this information provided by the American Gaming Association of sports betting statistics from Super Bowl LIV Imagine if this type of revenue was being regulated. Since the market already exists, why not put regulations on it to make it work towards our mutual benefit?
Nearly three times as many NFL fans believed the federal government should lift the ban on sports betting. The majority also believed that individual states should have the power to decide if they want sports betting, not the federal government. Americans want to bet on sports, and they've made it clear. Connect with us. List Of U. States That Don't Criminalize Offshore Betting Even if you don't live in one of the above states which have passed legislation to legalize sports betting, there are still plenty of options to bet on sports while remaining within the confines of the U.
States Where Online Sports Betting Is Considered Illegal A few states have taken an extra measure to strengthen their enforcement of anti-gambling laws to keep their residents from engaging in any form of gambling on the Internet, including online sports betting: Washington Connecticut These two states are the only ones that have taken this approach as of early There are also a few states that have enacted laws specifically to prohibit state-regulated sports wagering, including: Utah Vermont Alaska Hawaii We've seen that this can change as well, as Hawaii already has a pending sports gambling bill in its legislature.
Make Your Voice Heard You can help with the ongoing US sports betting legal disputes by contacting your state representatives and encouraging them to vote on matters you support.