Legalized sports betting is mushrooming around the country as we speak. Since the repeal of PASPA many states have taken it upon themselves to allow legal sports betting within their borders. The staff at The Odds Factory have created a comprehensive guide to show where each of the 50 states are on the road to legalized sports wagering.
UPDATES FOR 2020:
GREEN – These are states with legal on-line and physical locations for sports betting
Nevada – The granddaddy of sports betting with multiple operators on-line and with a plethora palatial sports-books.
New Jersey – Jersey led the legal battle (PASPA) that now allows states to determine if they want or don’t want sports betting. Jersey’s legalized online sports betting has been a huge success with revenues surpassing Nevada after just one year.
Pennsylvania – The Keystone state is now experiencing it’s first NFL season with legalized mobile sports betting and multiple sport-books across PA.
Iowa – Iowans have had legal on-line sports wagering since August and should be able to actually bet on sports by the time you are reading this.
Rhode Island – On September 4th the biggest little state in the country went live with mobile sports betting along with sports-books in the states 2 casinos.
Indiana – The Hoosier State is open for business for mobile and land-based sports betting.
Oregon – Oregon went live in November and is currently taking action through a state-operated website and app that is run by SB Tech.
New Hampshire – The Granite State has approved on-line sports betting and players are able to wager on sports here in 2020. Draft Kings is the sole operator in the state and has a deal with the New Hampshire State Lottery in which they hand over 51% of all revenue.
PURPLE – These are states with legal sports betting, but it can only be done in physical locations
New York – 4 upstate Native American casinos are up and running. There has been endless chatter about on-line with much of its fate in the hands of Govenor Cuomo.
New Mexico – Tribal only with mobile not even on the horizon.
Mississippi – In casinos only. They say they have mobile, but you can only use it inside the casinos.
West Virginia – They had on-line, but the one operator in the state decided he only wanted to be off-line. So now you can place a bet, but only in physical locations.
YELLOW – Legal, but not live for either physical or mobile at this time
Arkansas – Passed in 2018. It would be for off-line only and they still not passed out the licenses for the operators yet.
Delaware – Physical locations only for the Blue Hen state.
Michigan – Michigan has passed legislation that will allow online sports betting in early 2020. 15 racetracks and 3 casinos have been given the green-light to begin taking action in Michigan. Points Bet and The Stars Group have already made deals to run the books for casinos in the state and we should be seeing more players enter the scene before launch. The target for people to begin wagering is this year’s March Madness tourney.
GRAY – Legislation has been passed, but they do not currently have sports betting
Tennessee – Have passed laws that will only allow mobile sports betting with no physical locations. Early 2020 is the goal for launch.
Montana – 2019 legislation will allow the lottery to run sports betting in bars and taverns.
Illinois – Mobile will go live in late 2019 or early 2020, but for the first 18 months, players will have to go to a physical location to sign-up.
DC – The district passed mobile sports betting bill in 2018, but have not yet announced a date for launch.
BROWN – Legislation on the table, but nothing passed
Washington – Legislation on the table for betting at casinos and racetracks.
Arizona – Has an eye towards legal sports betting with federally recognized Native tribes.
North Dakota – Attempted to pass bills, but could not push through during 2019 session.
Minnesota – Bill about to put on the floor of state senate to allow sports betting on tribal lands.
Kansas – A plethora of bills that seem to be going nowhere.
Oklahoma – The state and native tribes are in the process of finding common ground.
Louisiana – Bill has passed state senate and now has to pass muster for individual parishes that would allow sports betting in casinos.
Florida – Lots of talk and everything related to any type of gambling in Florida must involve the Seminole tribe.
Virginia – Three bills on the table and they all have an eye towards mobile-only.
North Carolina – Bill on the table that would allow sports betting at 2 tribal casinos.
Ohio – Buckeye State is wrestling with 2 bills that would both allow land-based and mobile sports betting.
Maryland – Attempted to push through legislation, but it couldn’t find the end zone. Parties are re-grouping to make another run.
Connecticut – Powerful tribes are wrestling for control as the state tries to formulate legislation.
Massachusetts – Legislation is percolating in the Bay State that would allow both land-based and mobile gaming. Passage seems likely in either late 2019 or early 2020.
Maine – State is moving forward with a concept bill, information is sketchy at best.
Missouri – Bills that would include mobile and land-based are sitting on desks in Jefferson City.
BLACK – Nothing on the table, in the pipeline or on the horizon