Legal US Sports Betting 2020

From Arkansas to Maryland and New York to Wyoming we have the latest legal sports betting situation in your state. Including that all-important question on mobile wagering.

US sports betting: Legal landscape

There's been a whirl of movement in the US since the federal ban on sports betting was overturned eighteen months ago.

That landmark day in May 2018 opened the floodgates for legal sports betting to be introduced on a state-by-state basis and it’s an opportunity many have taken up.

More than half the country has moved towards legalizing sports gambling in some form

The start of a brand new year provides us the perfect opportunity to run through the sports betting situation in all 50 states and Washington D.C.

Whether your state is up and running, legal but not yet live, considering a bill or ruled the idea out completely, we have all the answers.

Online gambling in the US » Jan 2020

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Where does my state stand on legal sports betting?

*Last updated 13th January

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

  • Gambling prohibited 🚫

Gambling is prohibited and no attempt has been made to legalize sports betting. Don’t expect this to change anytime soon.

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 ❌

    The most populous state in the US has moved toward giving the green light to sports betting. A constitutional amendment has been introduced with a sports betting hearing planned as soon as January. The bill needs to satisfy all industry stakeholders including the state’s tribes no less.

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    Colorado

    • Legal, waiting to go live 🔜

    The Centennial State became number 19 to legalize sports betting in November 2019. The legislative framework which includes online mobile betting is expected to go live May 1, 2020.

    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 is 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 ❌

    A bill that would allow 10 gambling licenses to offer sports betting on pro and college sports has been under consideration since early 2019.

    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

    • Not yet legal ❌

    A bill inclusive of mobile sports wagering was passed on June 2, 2019. A potential launch has recently moved a step closer with gambling regulators accepting applications from casinos, racetracks, and stadia wishing to open sportsbooks. When a launch will materialize is anybody’s guess though - getting to this stage has taken the best part of six months.

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    Indiana

    • Full-scale mobile and retail sports betting legal and live ✅

    Signed into law on May 8 and launched on September 1, the launch of sports betting in Indiana was almost seamless. 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.

    Kansas

    • Not yet legal ❌

    Five sports betting bills have been proposed, none of which were passed. The next legislative session will determine whether The Sunflower State will welcome sports betting in 2020.

    Kentucky

    • Not yet legal ❌

    Despite making plans to legalize sports betting before 2018, the Bluegrass State finds itself without legal sports wagering. But Kentucky sports betting stands a better chance in 2020 under a new state Governor pro-gambling. The bill will require in-person registration and for the time being, doesn’t include betting on collegiate teams in KY.

    Louisiana

    • Not yet legal ❌

    Despite attempts to get the proposed bill moving, sports betting in Louisiana remains some way off. Even when/if a sports betting comes to pass and a plan for a gambling expansion is in place, a referendum may still be needed for state residents to approve. Expect some movement during the next legislative session beginning in Spring.

    Maine

    • Not yet legal ❌

    Regulated sports betting will not be popping up in Maine anytime soon. State Governor Janet Mills rejected the proposed bill on January 13, 2019, choosing instead to monitor the industry in other states before it comes to Maine. Mobile betting would have been included as part of a free-market that will not require operators to partner with land-based casinos. One day, maybe. In the meantime, Mainers can take advantage of regulated sports betting in New England states Rhode Island and New Hampshire, which launched just before 2019.

    Maryland

    • Not yet legal ❌

    Marylanders hoping to place a wager on The Ravens or Redskins look set to wait another twelve months. One reason for a delay in proceedings is due to residents needing to vote regarding the expansion, as per the state constitution. Sports betting in Maryland could be legalized at the end of November 2020 at the earliest, providing the bill makes its way to the ballot. But even then, you’re looking at early 2021 before any launch date materializes.

    Massachusetts

    • Not yet legal ❌

    Will the wait and see approach sports betting taken by legislators in The Bay State during 2019 continue through 2020? It’s looking that way. Despite rival states, New Hampshire and Rhode Island rolling out mobile betting apps and an attractive looking bill that would not require operators to link-up with a brick and mortar casino, there appears no real rush to push legislation through.

    Michigan

    • Legal, waiting to go live 🔜

    March Madness 2020 is the goal for launch in Michigan after sports betting was signed into law in December 2019. In doing so, The Wolverine State became state number 20 to permit legal wagering since PASPA was ditched in May 2018. The law allows for all-important mobile wagering, although this will be introduced after the launch of retail sports betting.

    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

    • Retail and mobile sports betting legal and live but limited to on-site wagering

    Legal sports betting in Mississippi launched August 1, 2018. While sports betting handle continues to climb, the market fails to compete on a grander scale due to the lack of full-scale mobile wagering. Bettors can bet from a mobile device but only if physically present at a licensed casino, be it water or land-based.

    Missouri

    • Not yet legal ❌

    With two bills on the table, there’s real hope of Missouri introducing sports betting in 2020. But a couple of stumbling blocks could prevent lawmakers from getting anywhere fast, notably the subject of integrity fees. The good news is each proposal includes full-scale mobile wagering.

    Montana

    • Legal, waiting to go live 🔜

    Officially the first to legalize sports betting in 2019, the launch of Montana sports betting is not far away. Applications from establishments with a liquor license and wishing to offer legal sports betting are currently being considered. Mobile betting will be restricted to locations with a licensed kiosk first off. Statewide mobile wagering is likely to follow further down the line.

    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

    • Full-scale 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

    • Full-scale 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. Expect New York lawmakers to make every effort to expand its gambling offering in 2020.

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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 ❌

    Two bills have been put forward in the Buckeye State. The first proposes the lottery to regulate the industry, the other intending to give control to the Ohio Casino Commission. Both are still under consideration, as is the subject of mobile sports betting. Given the uncertainty, a 2020 launch seems unlikely at this stage.

    Oklahoma

    • Not yet legal ❌

    A proposed bill that would expand the tribal-state compact to include sports betting failed to pass the last legislative session. However, following news of the three dominant tribes filing a federal lawsuit against the Governor, legislation, for the time being, may have to take a backseat.

    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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    27 August 2019

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    Pennsylvania

    • Full-scale 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 and 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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    14 June 2019

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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

    • Sports gambling prohibited 🚫

    The start of 2019 saw lawmakers join forces to propose an amendment to the State Constitution that would legalize sports gambling, only for it to be rejected by the state government. There’s still a chance the idea could make it on the 2020 ballot.

    Tennessee

    • Legal, waiting to go live 🔜

    The Volunteer State legalized sports betting in May 2019 courtesy of a bill that remained unsigned by Governor Bill Lee. Since physical casinos do not exist in Tennessee, sports betting will be offered exclusively online, the first legal state to do so. The Tennessee Lottery, responsible for overseeing the industry, is in the midst of drafting the rules. March has been identified for a potential launch.

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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 Green Mountain State has jumped straight on board with the ‘new year, new me’ approach with a new mobile-only sports betting bill. It’s the first move toward legalizing sports betting in Vermont since early 2019. If the latest bill passes, a summer launch could be on the cards.

    Virginia

    • Not yet legal ❌

    With sports betting in Virginia defined under casino gaming, proposals to first amend casino gaming language need to be approved by Virginia communities who are intent on legalizing the industry. The next stage would then see the subject considered on the November 2020 ballot.

    Washington

    • Not yet legal ❌

    Neither of the two bills proposed in Washington State would feature mobile sports betting. One would restrict sports betting to tribal casinos, the other limit the industry to licensed horse racing tracks only.

    Washington D.C

    • Legal, waiting to go live 🔜

    The good news is sports betting has been approved in D.C - Bill 23-25 passed in December 2018. The not so good news is nobody has any idea when the market will begin. Having devised rules and regulations, it was believed license applications were being considered from December 2019 but the DC lottery has yet to complete the process. Expect a lottery operated framework similar to that of Delaware when the green light is eventually given.

    West Virginia

    • Full-scale 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. There are five land-based casinos that offer legal sports betting in WV.

    Wisconsin

    • Gambling prohibited 🚫

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

    Wyoming

    • Gambling prohibited 🚫

    No sports betting bills have been put forward since state law doesn’t permit state-regulated sports wagering.

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