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On-deck states - Where are we?

20 August 2019

Or should we say; OR, IL, MT, TN, NH where are you?

It’s mid-August and the big NFL kick-off is just around the corner.

A bunch of states have targeted the marquee opening weekend as the launchpad for some form of sports betting.

Iowa kept to their word and launched legal sports wagering on August 15. Indiana are close and looked set to make the deadline.

But what of the rest in the on-deck circle? Will Illinois, Oregon, Montana, Tennessee, North Carolina please stand up, please stand up..

Here’s the current state of play:

Indiana

Barring any last minute glitches, Indiana is poised to become legal sports betting state number 12 and will have at least two casinos with sportsbooks open pre September 5.

Caesars and Penn National Gaming head the queue, though, neither have confirmed whether their offerings will include mobile wagering.

The general consensus is of most operators launching retail operations initially, followed by statewide mobile wagering.

Oregon

One of four states grandfathered into PASPA when the law was passed in 1992, The Beaver State have no need to reintroduce legislation.

All going well then, Oregon can look forward to full-scale sports betting, kicking off with the launch of mobile gambling in time for the NFL season starting.

Retail operations will follow shortly after.

Illinois

Sandwiched between two fresh new sports betting markets in Iowa and soon-to-be-confirmed Indiana, Illinois face the double whammy of not being ready AND losing out on revenue to rival states.

Quite what’s contributed to a delay in proceedings two months on from bill S516 being signed, remains a mystery.

But the noise coming out of the Illinois Gaming Board points toward getting the industry, that’ll eventually allow for mobile wagering, right at the first time of asking.

Montana

The Treasure State became the first in 2019 to legalize sports betting.

But as we know passing legislative hurdles is one thing but implementing a workable framework is another entirely.

So where are we Montanans? At this time firmly In the Hopper; only the Montana lottery can accept legal sports bets and a launch date in time for NFL betting seems highly unlikely.

Tennessee

Owing to its lack of physical sportsbooks, the Volunteer State will become the first state to roll out an online only industry.

When the new law came into effect on July 1 the start of the new football season seemed a feasible deadline. But that now looks to have been put back.

Expect TN sports betting in November ready for the Super Bowl.

New Hampshire

The Granite State joined the sports betting party in June but were never considered to be a realistic runner in the race for NFL betting.

Mid-October was the deadline set aside initially for the state to decide its vendors followed by a 2020 launch. This remains the case.

Given the lack of physical sportsbooks, we can expect mobile wagering from the beginning of NH sports betting.

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