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Where is DraftKings Sportsbook Legal?

15 April 2021

With several successful state launches to its name, no sportsbook can match DraftKings in terms of availability. But do you know where DraftKings is legal?

Where is DraftKings Sportsbook Legal?

As of August 2021, DraftKings sportsbook is legal and available in eleven states. In order of launch, these are New Jersey, West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, Michigan, and Virginia.

DraftKings was the first sportsbook in New Jersey in August 2018 with the company’s latest launch coming at the beginning of 2021 in Virginia.

Arizona, Maryland, and New York are three states where DraftKings is expected to go live going forwards, although this is subject to mobile sports betting being legalized in each state first.

DraftKings legal states

  1. 11 states including NJ, PA, IN, MI & VA

What states is DraftKings Sportsbook legal?

DraftKings Sportsbook New Jersey

  • Online launch: August 2018
  • Licensing partner: Resorts Atlantic City
  • Regulated by: New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE)

DraftKings Sportsbook became the first online option in New Jersey in August 2018, kicking off the US online betting industry in the process. Bettors need to be at least 21, have a valid Social Security Number, and be physically located in the Garden State to wager.

DraftKings Sportsbook West Virginia

  • Online launch: August 2019
  • Licensing partner: Penn National Gaming
  • Regulated by: West Virginia Lottery Commission

DraftKings’s second state launch took a whole twelve months to arrive. Access to the Mountain State came as a result of DraftKings’s partnership with Penn National Gaming. A dedicated mobile betting app and online website can be used anywhere within state lines when making a bet.

DraftKings Sportsbook Indiana

  • Online launch: October 2019
  • Licensing partner: Ameristar Casino
  • Regulated by: Indiana Gaming Commission

DraftKings was one of the first operators to go live in the Hoosier State in October 2019, and along with FanDuel, lead the way in terms of market share today. DraftKings’ Indiana Sportsbook operates under the license of Ameristar Casino.

DraftKings Sportsbook Pennsylvania

  • Online launch: November 2019
  • Licensing partner: Penn National Gaming
  • Regulated by: Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB)

DraftKings sportsbook operates under the license of Penn National Gaming and is available on mobile through the DraftKings betting app and online via the DraftKings Sportsbook website. Bettors need to be in PA at the time a bet is made but do not need to be a state resident.

DraftKings Sportsbook New Hampshire

  • Online launch: December 2019
  • Licensing partner: New Hampshire Lottery
  • Regulated by: New Hampshire Lottery Commission

DraftKings was chosen ahead of 12 other potential operators as the sole sportsbook operator by the New Hampshire Lottery in November 2019 and went live in the Granite State just a month later. Bettors can only use DraftKings to wager after the state decided against an open market and opted to have only one operator instead.

DraftKings Sportsbook Iowa

  • Online launch: February 2020
  • Licensing partner: Wild Rose Casino
  • Regulated by: Iowa Gaming Commission

In partnership with Wild Rose Casino, DraftKings became sportsbook number five in Iowa and DraftKings’s sixth live state. In-person registration had initially limited the market but this regulation expired on January 1, 2021.

DraftKings Sportsbook Colorado

  • Online launch: May 2020
  • Licensing partner: Bally’s Corporation
  • Regulated by: Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission

DraftKings was one of four sportsbooks that kicked off sports betting in Colorado in May 2020 and has captured a large portion of a highly competitive market. As in other states, bettors must be physically located in state lines to place a real money wager but state residency is not a requirement to bet.

DraftKings Sportsbook Illinois

  • Online launch: August 2020
  • Licensing partner: DraftKings at Casino Queen
  • Regulated by: Illinois Gaming Board

DraftKings was the second operator to get the go-ahead from Illinois Gaming Board and launch in the Prairie State. The issue of in-person registration for Illinois sports bettors has swung back and forth since DraftKings launched with the current situation leaving Illinoisans having to verify their identity and account at DraftKings Casino Queen in East St. Louis before they can bet

DraftKings Sportsbook Tennessee

  • Online launch: November 2020
  • Licensing partner: Tennessee Lottery
  • Regulated by: Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation

The Volunteer State was DraftKings’ ninth state launch in November 2020. The lack of physical casinos in Tennessee means DraftKings operates under one of the online-only licenses issued by the Tennessee Lottery.

DraftKings Sportsbook Michigan

  • Online launch: January 2021
  • Licensing partner: Bay Mills Resort Casino
  • Regulated by: Michigan Gaming Control Board

DraftKings brought its sportsbook to the Great Lakes State courtesy of the company’s partnership with Bay Mills Casino. Bettors can use DraftKings on mobile or online to place bets on their favorite sports team and events but need to be located in state lines for a bet to be accepted.

DraftKings Sportsbook Virginia

  • Online launch: January 2021
  • Licensing partner: Virginia Lottery
  • Regulated by: Virginia Lottery

DraftKings further strengthened its availability in the US by launching in The Old Dominion in January 2021, to date, the sportsbook’s most recent market. Bettors in VA can only access DraftKings sportsbook on mobile and online and must be located in Virginia when betting.

How DraftKings Sportsbook is Legal in the US

In each legal state, DraftKings operates under the casino license of a land-based (retail) casino establishment, or casino company, as per state regulations.

This includes Resorts Casino (NJ), Penn National Gaming (PA & WV), Ameristar Casino (IN), DraftKings at Casino Queen (IL), Wild Rose Casino (IA), Bally’s Corporation (CO), Bay Mills Resort Casino (MI).

In New Hampshire, DraftKings operate sports betting in partnership with the New Hampshire Lottery. In Tennessee and Virginia, DraftKings operates directly under the license it holds with the Tennessee Lottery and Virginia Lottery - neither TN nor VA have physical casinos to partner with.

DraftKings Sportsbook is overseen and regulated in each legal state by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, West Virginia Lottery Commission, Indiana Gaming Commission, New Hampshire Lottery Commission, Illinois Gaming Board, Iowa Gaming Commission, Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, Michigan Gaming Control Board and the Virginia Lottery.

DraftKings Sportsbook States: A look ahead

Is DraftKings Sportsbook legal in New York?

Not online but DraftKings do already serve New York sports bettors at its retail sportsbook at del Lago Resort & Casino Waterloo, NY.

And the agreement DraftKings and del Lago share also enables DraftKings to launch online sports betting when New York authorizes wagering online, which could be before the Super Bowl in 2022.

In short, DraftKings will add New York to its list of legal states, the question is when this will happen.

Is DraftKings Sportsbook legal in California?

Right now, no. California hasn't approved legal sports betting.

But when, as expected the Golden State does open a legal betting market, DraftKings could potentially gain access to California sports betting through its partnership with Caesars Entertainment who operates Harrah’s Resort Southern California.

The 2021 legislative session in CA will be crucial in how the state moves forward with plans for legal sports betting but given DraftKings’s success and countrywide appeal, one can expect DraftKings to feature heavily in any bidding process for a CA online sports betting license.

Is DraftKings Sportsbook legal in Texas?

No, at this moment legal sports betting in Texas doesn't exist.

But 2021 is a big year for many states considering sports betting bills and they don’t come any bigger than Texas. Like CA, it’s thought should one of the proposals come to pass, 2022 could be a potential timeframe for what will become one of the most lucrative sports betting states.

Any TX market is likely to be based solely online and will undoubtedly include DraftKings, as has been the case with every online betting market that has launched in the US to date.

About DraftKings

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Known initially as a Daily Fantasy Sports provider, Boston-based, DraftKings is now a major player in the recently launched and developing US sports betting industry.

DraftKings’ sportsbook has gained market access in a number of online betting states since 2018 including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana and, most recently, Virginia.

DraftKings was founded in 2012 by Jason Robins, Matthew Kalish, and Paul Liberman. In addition to the company's HQ in Boston, the company has offices in New York, New Jersey, California and in London, Dublin and Malta.


FAQs about where DraftKings is legal

Is DraftKings sportsbook legal?

The legality of DraftKings sportsbook depends on the state in question.

To date, DraftKings is an authorized sports betting operator in eleven online betting states. These are New Jersey, West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, Michigan, and Virginia.

Is DraftKings sportsbook safe?

Yes. DraftKings is an American-based company renowned as a DFS provider and sports betting operator. DraftKings is reputable, trustworthy, and safe to use in licensed states.

Can anyone use DraftKings sportsbook?

No. Only customers in authorized online betting states where DraftKings is licensed, can use DraftKings sportsbook. These states are: New Jersey, West Virginia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee, Michigan, and Virginia.

Where does DraftKings sportsbook work?

DraftKings sportsbook works in legal states only. You can create a DraftKings account and make a deposit in any American state. However, for the sportsbook to accept wagers and work fully, you need to be in one of the states where DraftKings is legal.

Who owns DraftKings?

DraftKings is owned by Jason Robins, Matt Kalish and Paul Liberman, the co founders of the company.

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