Is sports betting legal in my state?

From Arkansas to Maryland and New York to Wyoming here's the latest legal sports betting situation in your state.

Online gambling in the US » Jul 2020

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Updated July 03, 2020

Georgia sports betting fails to pass; Tribes and state head for Supreme Court in Oklahoma

Where does my state stand on legal sports betting?

America continues to see state after state launch regulated sports betting and many more are seeking to enact proposed bills through 2020.

Whether your state is underway, legal but not yet live, considering a bill or ruled the idea out completely, here's the lowdown on the sports betting situation in all 50 states and Washington D.C.

Legal US Online Gambling: At a glance

Statewide online & mobile sports betting 📱

Limited online & mobile sports betting 📱⚠️

*In order of launch

Retail sports betting only 🏢

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Alabama

  • Not yet legal ❌

HB 315 was introduced in April 2019. The bill would create the Alabama Sports Wagering Commission to regulate the industry and allow for wagering on professional and collegiate events. Little movement since.

Alaska

  • Not yet legal ❌

It seems there’s no stopping the legal sports betting juggernaut! Even one of the least gambling industry-friendly states is set to join the ever-growing list with a sports betting bill active. Alaska sports betting would be operated by a yet-to-be-created, Alaska Lottery Corporation that would allow for any type of lottery game and feature sports betting. With there no land-based casinos in The Last Frontier, the market would primarily focus online.

Arizona

  • Not yet legal ❌

Introduced in February 2019, SB 1163 would legalize sports betting in Arizona. But the law would be for the state’s Indian tribes only.

Arkansas

  • Sports betting legal and live but limited to physical sportsbooks only ⚠️

      It’s possible to bet over the counter in The Natural State - legal sports betting officially launched on July 1, 2019, at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. Mobile sports wagering is not part of the framework at present.

      California

      • Not yet legal ❌

      It looked as if, finally, sports betting in the most populous state would actually be a thing. But the Californian Indian tribes put pay to that idea, strongly opposing the proposal that would’ve allowed sports betting online and mobile. The influential tribes want a sports betting market limited to casinos, horse racetracks with no online element at all. The tribes argue that sports wagering would financially harm land-based casinos. It’s their view players will be more inclined to bet online from home if given the option, rather than visit a casino in-person and play slot machines, which are a valuable source of income. According to Eilers & Krejcik, a CA based research company focussed on the global gaming industry, California sports betting would generate $282 million within the first six months. Sports leagues and many CA sports teams were behind the now shelved plan. While the tribes have openly admitted that sports betting is inevitable, they want any deal to be strictly on their terms.

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      Colorado

      • Statewide mobile and retail sports betting legal and live ✅

      After a November ballot that legalized sports betting in Colorado, The Centennial State fully launched on May 1, 2020. Statewide mobile betting is available as part of one of the most gambling-friendly laws created so far. FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM and BetRivers were among the first sportsbooks to launch. In mid-late May Bet365 entered CO sports betting. Many more are expected to launch through 2020 in what promises to be a highly competitive market.

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      Connecticut

      • Not yet legal ❌

        Try as they might, the lawmakers in the Nutmeg State are being held up in their attempt to legalize sports betting. A three-way lawsuit involving the tribal casinos, MGM Resorts and the Department of the Interior (DOI) needs to be resolved before sports betting becomes a possibility.

        Delaware

        • Sports betting legal and live but limited to physical sportsbooks only ⚠️

          As one of five states exempt from the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, basic NFL parlay betting was possible before the federal ban was overturned. The First State then acted by name pipping New Jersey to the post and expanding its gambling framework. There’s no mobile wagering though.

          Florida

          • Not yet legal ❌

            Not one, not two but three bills were filed November 18, 2019, going to show the appetite for sports betting in Florida. The proposed bills would allow for online betting, overseen by the state’s lottery. However, the Seminole tribe retains a great deal of power when it comes to gambling laws.

            Georgia

            • Not yet legal ❌

            There won't be sports betting in the Peach State before 2022 at the earliest. That’s after the latest attempt to legalize the industry failed to make it on the session agenda for 2020. Two bills were up for discussion, both of which would have permitted legal wagering on the state’s major league teams. However, with other more pressing issues up for discussion, sports betting was left on the sidelines and is not likely to be picked up until 2022.

            Hawaii

            • Not yet legal ❌

              A 21-page bill was proposed in January 2019 that’d permit regulated sports gambling through a private entity.

              Idaho

              • Gambling prohibited 🚫

                State law prohibits gambling and no sports betting legislation has been put forward. Next to no chance of introducing a legal industry.

                Illinois

                Statewide mobile and retail sports betting legal and live ✅

                BetRivers is the first mobile sportsbook to go live in Illinois. The online offering will operate via the license held by Rivers Casino Des Plaines, which accepted the first sports wager in-person earlier in 2020. Illinois becomes the eleventh state to launch a regulated online sports betting market. BetRivers, meanwhile, has added a fourth state to its collection following launches in Colorado, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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                Indiana

                • Statewide mobile and retail sports betting legal and live ✅

                  The launch of sports betting in Indiana was seamless. From being signed into law on May 8, 2019, to launch day on September 1, the whole process took a little over four months to complete. The Hoosier State became only the fourth state to offer full-scale mobile wagering (in-person and mobile).

                  Iowa

                  • Mobile sports betting legal and live but restricted to in-person registration ⚠️

                    In time for the football season, Iowa kicked off with both retail and mobile sports betting on August 15, 2019, barely three months after legalizing the industry. The deal comes with one proviso - until the first day of 2021, bettors must register for mobile betting accounts in-person.

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                    Kansas

                    • Not yet legal ❌

                    The outlook for legal betting in Kentucky appears bright after the state senate passed a sports betting bill that will allow for retail and statewide mobile wagering. As part of the legislation, revenue from online sports wagering will be taxed at 10%, brick-and-mortar casinos at 7.5%. Betting on high school sporting events will be off the menu as per the framework set to be overseen by the Kansas Lottery.

                    Kentucky

                    • Not yet legal ❌

                    A bill to legalize sports betting in Kentucky failed to pass in the state legislative session, ending hopes of a regulated in the Bluegrass State - at least for now. Having held high hopes for 2020 initially Kentuckians will have to wait until 2021 when the bill is expected to be revived.

                    Louisiana

                    • Not yet legal ❌

                    November 3 is the key date for Louisiana sports betting. State Governor John Bel Edwards has signed a bill into law which will see the matter voted on, parish-by-parish. If legal wagering is voted in, the next stage will see the Louisiana Gaming Control Board create the rules and regulations in 2021. Any potential market in the Pelican State is not expected to include full-scale mobile sports betting. Expect instead a similar framework to Mississippi where mobile wagering is limited to brick-and-mortar casinos. Louisiana is home to a population of around 4.6 million and two pro sports teams - The New Orleans Saints (NFL) and New Orleans Pelicans (NBA).

                    Maine

                    • Not yet legal ❌

                      It looks like Maine will not be getting legal sports betting after all! Following Gov. Mills' decision to veto legalized sports betting in early January (2020), it had been hoped the House could overturn the decision. However, with the U-turn failing to get the votes required, the original decision stands. Considering how far down the line sports betting in Maine progressed, the latest news is hugely disappointing and compounded by the likelihood of having to start over in 2021.

                      Maryland

                      • Not yet legal ❌

                      Momentum was building for legal sports betting with voters thought to be in favor of expansion. This could still be confirmed in a sports betting referendum penciled in for November 2020, though, it's believed many voters remain unconvinced of the benefits of a legal market.

                      Massachusetts

                      • Not yet legal ❌

                      There’s some momentum building towards online sports betting (at some point) in Massachusetts. For the Bay State, it’s widely believed to be a case of when not if sports betting arrives. But while the rest of the US rushes around to get legal, MA state legislators remain unflustered and keen to learn from the movements of other states. It’s believed the time for MA sports betting will come sooner rather than later though. And when it does expect Boston-based DraftKings to head the queue of operators in an appealing market for bettors and sportsbooks alike.

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                      Michigan

                      • Sports betting legal and live but limited to physical sportsbooks only ⚠️

                      The 20th state to approve sports betting in December 2019, Michigan, launched retail sports betting in March 2020. Bettors in the Wolverine State can place bets at three land-based casinos but will have to wait until 2021 to expand to full-scale online sports gambling. online. Such a timeframe is necessary to finalize rules required to regulate gambling online and follows the unofficial ‘land before online’ approach a large number of states have opted for.

                      Minnesota

                      • Not yet legal ❌

                        The issue of sports betting remains difficult while the state’s tribes continue to oppose the idea. A draft bill failed to get off the ground in May 2019 and there has been next-to-no movement since.

                        Mississippi

                        • Legal sports betting limited to retail casinos ⚠️

                          Since Mississippi sports betting launched in August 2018, bettors have been restricted to on-site wagering. Unsurprisingly, this has had a negative bearing on revenue generated. But state legislators have been casting an envious eye at the prosperous mobile markets in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Subsequently, a new bill that would legalize full-scale online sports betting has been filed. The chance to capitalize on bordering states and attract sports bettors from Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana - all without mobile sports betting - is believed to be a key factor behind the decision to push for unrestricted online wagering.

                          Missouri

                          • Not yet legal ❌

                            Hopes were high for Missouri sports betting to arrive in 2020 but those plans have now been temporarily shelved. In better news, the bills put forward included provisions for full-scale mobile wagering. One to watch for 2021.

                            Montana

                            • Sports betting legal and live but limited to licensed retail locations only ⚠️

                            Legal sports betting is officially a thing in Montana. As per legislation, bettors will need to visit a licensed retail location such as a bar or gas station to physically place a wager. Though, it’s possible to register and deposit via the Sports Bet Montana app operated by Intralot, one of the leading sports betting providers. However, a closed market - as this essentially is - will almost certainly limit Montana’s capacity to generate substantial revenue.

                            Nebraska

                            • Gambling prohibited 🚫

                              State law prohibits gambling and no sports betting legislation has been put forward as a result.

                              Nevada

                              • Mobile sports betting legal and live but restricted to in-person sign-up ⚠️

                              Having legalized sports betting in 1949, The Silver State held a legal monopoly of single-game wagering for over six decades. No longer is this the case of course. While the market is the most mature, it doesn’t come with the same flexibility as recently legalized states; bettors must register for an account in-person, likewise with collecting winnings.

                              New Hampshire

                              • Statewide mobile and retail sports betting legal and live ✅

                                Mobile sports betting in New Hampshire launched on December 30th. Governor Chris Sununu placed the first bet on Tom Brady and co. to win the Super Bowl, only for them to fall at the first hurdle. Nonetheless, New Hampshirites have full-scale mobile wagering (remote registration permitted) in place sooner than expected. DraftKings will operate as many as 10 retail locations across the state.

                                New Jersey

                                • Statewide mobile and retail sports betting legal and live ✅

                                  Almost solely responsible for removing the federal ban on sports betting, New Jersey wasted little time in legalizing online gambling and implementing a framework. NJ sports betting was signed into law on June 11, 2018, with the first online sportsbook launched two months later. The availability of both retail and full-scale mobile wagering in a gambling hotspot resulted in the Garden State becoming market leaders almost instantly.

                                  New Mexico

                                  • Retail sports betting limited to one tribal casino ⚠️

                                    Sports betting in New Mexico hasn’t been legalized. In one of the more unique cases a loophole in the law that permits all forms of Class III gambling, including sports betting, has been fully exploited by one tribal casino. The Santa Ana Casino Hotel operated by the Pueblo of Santa Ana (a tribe of around 500 people) remains the only legal sports betting location in NM. Wagering is permitted on-site only.

                                    New York

                                    • Legal sports betting legal and live but limited to physical sportsbooks only ⚠️

                                      Legal sports wagering in New York officially began on July 16, 2019. Four commercial and three tribal casinos kicked things off, albeit without mobile wagering. Subsequently, the Empire State is losing out on much-needed revenue to New Jersey. This is set to continue with Gov. Andrew Cuomo continuing to oppose online sports betting, going as far as to leave it out of his state budget.

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                                      North Carolina

                                      • Retail sports betting legal at two tribal casinos only ⚠️

                                      Sports betting was signed into law in July 2019 but limited to two tribal casinos. Bets are accepted in-person at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. Mobile wagering is not yet permitted although state lawmakers are believed to be considering the idea of a gambling expansion that’d permit sports betting statewide.

                                      North Dakota

                                      • Not yet legal ❌

                                        A bill introduced in January 2019 to legalize professional and collegiate sports was flattened almost without being debated.

                                        Ohio

                                        • Not yet legal ❌

                                        The Buckeye State has taken a giant leap forward in its bid to legalize sports betting after a sports gambling bill that went to and fro in the Statehouse for over a year was approved at the end of May. The bill still faces obstacles to be made law - let’s face it which US sports betting bill doesn’t! But if and when it does pass Ohioans - able to cross the border into Indiana to bet legally currently - can look forward to the idea of betting from home via a mobile device.

                                        Oklahoma

                                        • Not yet legal ❌

                                        There’s a right old ding-dong developing in Oklahoma over the approval of tribal gaming compacts. Despite opposition, Governor Kevin Stitt effectively made sports betting legal in Oklahoma when he signed deals with the Otoe-Missouria Tribes and the Comanche Nation. But the state argues that the governor did not have the authority to rewrite existing state law and failed to adhere to the Model Tribal gaming Act normally used to determine compacts. The subject is now one for the Oklahoma Supreme Court to sort.

                                        Oregon

                                        • Retail and mobile sports betting legal but limited (one physical sportsbook and one app) ⚠️

                                        One of a handful of states already with sports betting legislation having been grandfathered-in under PASPA, the practice of legal sports betting required no new legislation. Yet, it still took Oregon until August 2019 to offer legal sports betting, becoming the 12th state to do so. The market caters for both land-based and mobile wagering, albeit the latter is limited to a state-run lottery betting app.

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                                        Pennsylvania

                                        • Statewide mobile and retail sports betting legal and live ✅

                                          The Keystone State passed sports betting legislation in 2017 in hope of a favorable Supreme Court decision. Hollywood Casino took the state’s first legal sports bet in November 2018. Mobile sports betting in PA followed in May 2019 to open up a market second only to New Jersey.

                                          Rhode Island

                                          • Retail & mobile sports betting live and legal but limited (in-person registration required) ⚠️

                                            Legal sports betting in Rhode Island kicked off in November 2018, five months after the legislation was authorized. Wagering would only be permitted at two land-based casinos under the law, with the industry regulated by the state’s lottery. Lawmakers tweaked existing legislation in early 2019 to include online and mobile betting, which is limited to in-person registration.

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                                            South Carolina

                                            • Not yet legal ❌

                                              There has been a movement toward permitting betting on sports with a bill proposed. But a referendum is likely required to amend state constitution before South Carolina can move forward. Competition in the region increases the likelihood, albeit you’re looking at least mid-2021 before a legal bet is made.

                                              South Dakota

                                              • Not yet legal ❌

                                              We should discover the extent of South Dakota’s desire for a regulated betting market in November when the question of sports betting is decided by state voters. If there is enough in favor of the industry, legal sports betting will launch at retail establishments in Deadwood. Mobile apps could then follow statewide.

                                              Tennessee

                                              • Legal, waiting to go live 🔜

                                                The Volunteer State legalized sports betting in May 2019 courtesy of an unsigned bill. Tennessee sports betting will see the first online only model rolled out in the US, necessary of course because physical casinos do not exist in TN. The Tennessee Lottery, responsible for overseeing the industry, is in the process of drafting the rules with online sportsbooks set to be available between July and September.

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                                                Texas

                                                • Not yet legal ❌

                                                  One of a number of states looking to legalize this year with the aim of launching in 2021. A bill was introduced in February 2019 that’d require sports betting operators to pay a $250,000 fee and a 6.25% tax on each bet placed. Mobile wagering on pro and college sports would feature. But a referendum to amend state constitution is likely to delay matters.

                                                  Utah

                                                  • Gambling prohibited 🚫

                                                    As a state strictly against any form of gambling (as spelled out in the State Constitution), Utah ranks the most unlikely candidate to welcome sports betting.

                                                    Vermont

                                                    • Not yet legal ❌

                                                    The second smallest state is set to explore the possibility of legal sports betting. A committee dedicated to assessing how a regulated market would work in The Green Mountain State will soon get to work once the senate gives the green light, as expected. Whether the bill gets past the House though remains to be seen, though, there is the realisation betting is common already. The state may as well try to regulate the industry and generate tax revenue instead of helping to fund the illegal industry, while also seeing money exit the state through bettors crossing the border to wager legally in neighboring New Hampshire.

                                                    Virginia

                                                    • Legal, waiting to go live 🔜

                                                    The Old Dominion has legalized sports betting and could have a fully functioning market active by the end of the year and in time for the NFL play-offs. For this to happen, the Virginia Lottery Board must complete regulations by September 15. As for what the law includes, bettors will be able to wager online via mobile apps mobile device but won't be allowed to in bet on in-state colleges.

                                                    Washington

                                                    • Legal retail and mobile sports betting limited to tribal casinos ⚠️

                                                    Sports betting is officially legal after Gov. Jay Inslee put pen to paper and signed the bill through. The Evergreen State is the 21st to authorize legal sports betting and the first of 2020. But the market comes with its limitations - sports wagering can take place at tribal casinos only. Mobile betting is restricted to these properties.

                                                    Washington D.C

                                                    • Statewide mobile sports betting legal and live

                                                      The launch of DC sports betting has certainly experienced a few bumps in the road. But it is now officially live! Gambet DC, operated by the DC Lottery and powered by Intralot, is available through a web browser and will be available on iOS and Android apps at the start of June. Bettors will be allowed to wager from a mobile device but only in specific areas of D.C. Within two blocks of major sports stadiums such as Capital One Arena and Audi Field is forbidden for example. Retail sportsbooks meanwhile, were expected to follow but the launch has been put back to summer 2021.

                                                      West Virginia

                                                      • Statewide mobile and retail sports betting legal and live ✅

                                                      The fifth state to legalize sports gambling in August 2018, West Virginia had to contend with a temporary suspension of its online offering due to a dispute between the only online provider and its technology provider. The launch of both FanDuel and DraftKings has seen the mobile market back on track. Five land-based casinos offer legal sports betting in WV.

                                                      Wisconsin

                                                      • Gambling prohibited 🚫

                                                        Gambling is forbidden, as per State Constitution hence no legislation has been introduced.

                                                        Wyoming

                                                        • Not yet legal ❌

                                                        And just like that, the prospect of legal sports betting in the Equality State is back where it started. At zero. The bill introduced on February 12 which would’ve have made mobile sports betting legal in Wyoming failed to pass The House a little over two weeks later. Despite the potential to improve state coffers, it appears the idea of gambling is not deemed in the best interest of the state.

                                                        Legal sports betting in the US 2020

                                                        Where is sports betting legal?

                                                        These states have some form of regulated sports betting active:

                                                        (In order of launch)

                                                        • Nevada
                                                        • Delaware
                                                        • New Jersey
                                                        • Pennsylvania
                                                        • West Virginia
                                                        • Mississippi
                                                        • Rhode Island
                                                        • New Mexico
                                                        • Arkansas
                                                        • New York
                                                        • Iowa
                                                        • Oregon
                                                        • Indiana
                                                        • New Hampshire
                                                        • Illinois
                                                        • Michigan
                                                        • Montana
                                                        • Colorado

                                                        Which states allow statewide mobile sports betting?

                                                        In these states, you are able to bet anywhere in state lines:

                                                        • New Jersey
                                                        • Pennsylvania
                                                        • West Virginia
                                                        • Oregon
                                                        • Indiana
                                                        • New Hampshire

                                                        Where is DraftKings sportsbook legal via mobile?

                                                        These states have DraftKings sportsbook available as a mobile sports betting option:

                                                        • New Jersey
                                                        • West Virginia
                                                        • Indiana
                                                        • Pennsylvania
                                                        • New Hampshire
                                                        • Colorado

                                                        Is there legal sports betting in California?

                                                        No, not at the moment. It's also highly unlikely we will see CA sports betting launch in 2020.

                                                        When will New York launch mobile sport betting?

                                                        At this moment in time, there is no timeframe for when New York online sports betting is legalized. The subject continues to be the source of much debate.

                                                        For the time being, NY bettors can place wagers in-person at these retail casinos:

                                                        • DraftKings Sportsbook (del Lago resort Casino)
                                                        • Rivers Sportsbook (Schenectady)
                                                        • FanDuel Sportsbook (Tioga Downs)
                                                        • Turning Stone Resort Casino
                                                        • Resorts World Catskills Casino
                                                        • Point Place Casino
                                                        • Yellow Brick Road Casino

                                                        Which states are set to legalize sports betting in 2020?

                                                        These are are the states we foresee pushing forward with their respective sports betting bills:

                                                        • Virginia
                                                        • Tennessee
                                                        • Washington
                                                        • Maryland
                                                        • South Dakota

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