USA Legal Sportsbetting

usa legal sports betting

Everything you need to know about the legal aspects of gambling in the USA – on a state by state level – covering both online and land-based sportsbooks, casinos, race-books and racinos.


3 U.S states currently offer in-person gambling only inside licensed casinos

1 U.S states currently offer mobile or online sports-betting only


Where is sports betting legal in the United States?

Illinois

Available: In Person and Online

Illinois made sports betting legal in 2019 and on March 9, 2020, the first bets were placed. Less than a year after the state passed legislation that allowed for both online and retail betting with Governor J.B.


Iowa

Available: In Person and Online

Get the latest information on legal sports betting in Iowa including local sportsbooks, mobile sports betting apps, the betting conditions in place, and anything new in the works for Iowa.


Colorado

Available: In Person and Online

Online sports betting is once again legal in the state of Colorado for the first time since 1992 when it was outlawed. As of May 1, 2020, the state has approved regulated sports betting, and there are now around twenty websites where consumers can sign up to place sports wagers.


Michigan

Available: In Person and Online

As of December 2019, Governor Whitmer signed a series of acts that allows not only sports betting to be legalized, but fantasy sports and casino bets. This was all possible due to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) being deemed unconstitutional in 2018 by the Supreme court. 


New York

Available: In Person and Online

New York has had commercial casinos made legal as far back as 2013, but it was only when the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 was deemed unlawful that these casinos could launch sportsbooks. Since then New Yorkers have been able to place sports bets in brick and mortar casinos, however, the online sports betting details are still to be finalized.


New Jersey

Available: In Person and Online

Online Sports Betting is now legal within the state of New Jersey. On June 11, 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed assembly, which legalized sports betting at casinos and racetracks in New Jersey. 


Tennessee

Available: In Person and Online

You can legally bet on sports in the state of Tennessee. However, you can only wager on sporting events online and not at brick-and-mortar establishments. The Volunteer State's online-only approach to sports betting is unique in the US.


Pennsylvania

Available: In Person and Online

Despite the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) still being in place, 2017 saw the state of Pennsylvania pass House Bill 519 that legalized sports betting, daily fantasy sports, and online poker. However, with the federal ban still in place, the state would have to wait until the PASPA was deemed unconstitutional in May 2018 until they could move forward with their online betting plans. 


West Virginia

Available: In Person and Online

Sports betting has been legal within the state of West Virginia since March 2018 when Senate Bill 415 was passed. It took a little while for the state's lottery commission to come up with the framework, but in August 2018 the first retail and online bets were taken. 


Virginia

Available: In Person and Online

Sports betting in the state of Virginia became legal as of April 2020 when both the Senate Bill (SB 384) and House bill (HB 896) were passed. Since legalizing gambling in the state, Virginia has had billions of dollars wagered in 2021 alone, bringing in huge amounts of tax for the state. 


Nevada

Available: In Person and Online

Nevada legalized sports betting on March 29, 1949, and was exempt from the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) which came into place in 1992 outlawing sports betting from every other state.


Indiana

Available: In Person and Online

The State of Indiana would wait a year after the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was deemed to be unconstitutional to move towards legalizing sports bets in the Hoosier State. On May 8th, 2019 Governor Eric Halcomb signed House Bill 1015 to allow sports bets, making Indiana the tenth state to legalize sports betting.


Arizona

Available: In Person

Arizona legalized sporting betting in April 2021 and it will launch at the start of the NFL season on September 9, 2021, if everything goes to plan. Arizona legalized sporting betting in April 2021 and it will launch at the start of the NFL season on September 9, 2021, if everything goes to plan.


Mississippi

Available: In Person and Online

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) have been legal within the state of Mississippi as far back as 2017 when Act H 967 was passed. Since the Supreme Court ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional the state moved to legalize sports betting. The first legal bets were placed in Mississippi on August 1, 2018.


New Hampshire

Available: In Person and Online

New Hampshire moved to legalize sports betting in the state around a year after the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme court. Sports betting became legal in July 2019, with House Bill 480 being passed earlier in the year. The launching of online betting would come in the shape of the DraftKings mobile app going online in December that year.


New Mexico

Available: In Person

New Mexico is a unique state when it comes to the legality of sports betting. Despite there being no laws passed in the state allowing gaming, there are actually multiple sportsbooks and casinos that operate within the state. This is due to the state's tribal gaming compacts allow all forms of Class III Gaming. This includes common casino games like slots, craps, roulette, blackjack.


Rhode Island

Available: In Person and Online

Pari-mutuel horse race betting has been legalized as far back as 1934 within the state lines of Rhode Island, in addition to that daily fantasy sports (DFS) was also made legal in 2016. It wouldn't be until 2018 though that the state would pass legislation to legalize betting on sporting events. With Senate Bill 2045 being introduced in January, this finally allowed sports betting within the state's casinos.


Wyoming

Available: In Person and Online

Wyoming is one of the most recent states to legalize sports betting. With Governor Mark Gordon signing House Bill 0133 that has completely legalized online sports betting effective as of September 2021.


Washington DC

Available: In Person and Online

The legalization of sports betting within the capital of the United States, Washington DC was certainly a drawn-out one, however, the state now offers a variety of legalized betting apps as well as some retail options.


Oregon

Available: In Person and Online

The state of Oregon offered sports betting from 1989 until 2007, but it shut down these operations when it became an issue in hosting the NCAA basketball tournament. Oregon saw a return of sports betting 12 years later in Augst 2019, after the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was deemed unconstitutional a year earlier.


Arkansas

Available: In Person

Soon after the Supreme Court ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was unconstitutional, Arkansas allowed the state's residents to vote on whether they should allow sports betting again. The answer that came in November of 2018 was a resounding yes from the population and the first bets would be placed the following year.


Delaware

Available: In Person

Once the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was deemed unconstitutional in May of 2018, the state of Delaware was quick to look to legalize sports betting. With no amendments to laws necessary Delaware became the first state besides Nevada to offer sports bets again, with Governor Carney placing the first bet at Delaware Park on June 5th, 2018.


Montana

Available: In Person

Montana has had some sort of gambling for some time, being one of the four states that got an exemption from the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA). Allowing basic sports bets as well as charitable gaming, state lottery, keno, poker, slots, and horse betting


Washington

Available: In Person

The state of Washington legalized sports betting on March 25th, 2020 when Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2638 into law. This change in the law allows for wagering at Class III tribal casinos, which means that retail sports bets are live, but online bets can only be placed on tribal lands.


South Dakota

Available: In Person

Sports betting in the state of South Dakota is now legalized, thanks to a vote that took place on November 3rd, 2020, and an amendment to the state legislature in the way of Senate Bill 44 being signed by the Governor on March 18th, 2021. Kristi Noem would then allow the state's gaming commission to set up regulations and launch the first retail sportsbooks on September 9th, 2021, just in time for the start of the NFL season.


Connecticut

Available: In Person and Online

Connecticut has become the sixth state to launch legal, regulated online sports betting with DraftKings and FanDuel partnering up with the Mohegan Tribe and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation to offer online sportsbooks with a hard launch on October 19th, 2021. The Connecticut Lottery is getting in on the action too, partnering with PlaySugarHouse.


Which states will be next to legalize sportsbetting and gambling in the U.S.A?

Maryland

Sports betting is now legal in the state of Maryland. On Monday, April 12, 2021, both the Senate and House voted to pass the bill and set the rules for sports betting. The bill, which is one of the largest ever to pass in the USA, allows 60 online sportsbooks and 40 retailers to operate within Maryland.


Louisiana

Sports betting in Louisiana has been approved by voters during the election of 2020, with 55 of the 64 parishes in the state agreeing to legalize betting. Following this, June 7th, 2021 saw Governor John Bel Edwards sign House Bill 697 into law. This bill ensures that the Louisiana Lottery Corporation regulates and controls the local sports betting, with a 10% tax on revenues going to the state.


Nebraska

After years of being prohibited, sports betting became legal after governor Pete Ricketts signed the state’s first-ever commercial casino gaming bill in May 2021. LB 561 permits retail sportsbooks at pari-mutuel race tracks and casinos. The same establishments can now also offer “Las Vegas-style” gambling games. However, the bill prohibits bets on college sporting games, such as football and basketball. Learn more about gambling laws in the Cornhusker State.


In which U.S states is gambling currently not legal?

Hawaii

Hawaii is unlikely to see sports betting legalized any time soon, with some of the strictest laws of any of the United States in place and gambling is no exception, after being made illegal in 1959.


North Dakota

Right now sports betting including in-state apps and retail bets are not available within the state of North Dakota. Despite this, there are many international sportsbooks that operate legally and can cater to North Dakota residents, due to them being based offshore and outside of the US jurisdiction on sports betting laws.


South Carolina

South Carolina hasn't had an update in its sports betting laws for hundreds of years. They have some of the strictest laws within the whole of the United States, with every kind of lottery or game of chance including dice, cards, balls, numbers, figures or tickets being illegal in public and private.

In recent years there have been some developments with regards to the strict ban on sports betting in the state. 2019 saw legislators attempt to legalize sports betting to bring in some extra tax revenue in a state that is struggling financially. Sadly though, House Resolution 3395 and Senate Resolution 98 would not end up being passed.


Which states are unlikely to legalize sports betting?

Idaho

Sportsbetting is not legal in Idaho and there have been no moves by lawmakers in the state that show any promise of changing this anytime soon. Since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was deemed unconstitutional in 2018, there hasn't been a single Bill submitted which looks to allows sports betting in the state.

This may have been bad timing with the Coronavirus pandemic not exactly being the easiest timing to look to open up new businesses within state lines, however, the state is certainly missing out on plenty of extra tax dollars. Neighboring states such as Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Montana have all launched sports betting, leaving Idaho well behind the pace.


Wisconsin

Sports betting in Wisconsin is not legal. Despite having 27 gaming locations by Native American Tribes and a state lottery, Wisconsinites are unable to bet on sports.

This shows little promise of changing any time soon, with not a single legal effort to pass Bills that will allow sports bets in the state since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was deemed as unconstitutional in 2018.


Utah

There is little hope for Utah having legalized sportsbooks any time soon. With the state's deep religious roots tied to the Mormon faith, it's extremely unlikely that you will be able to place bets in a state that doesn't even allow a lottery.

Utah and its lawmakers are so opposed to offering sports bets within the state, that the state's criminal code even claims that online gambling will remain illegal in Utah, even if it's legalized fully at the federal level.