There are fourteen states that have successfully legalized online sports betting.
Some states will require in-person registration before you can begin wagering online.
All legal betting sites will require bettors to download geolocations software to prove they are within state borders. Bettors do not have to reside in that state but must verify their location within state borders so the sportsbook can legally accept online sports wagers.
For example, someone who resides near the Louisiana/Tennessee border could travel into Tennessee to place a wager. As long as they have geolocation software that verifies they are in Tennessee, a Tennessee Sportsbook will accept the wager.
Let’s look at which states offer online sports wagering.
Where Online Sports Betting Is Legal
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States With Legalized Sports Betting
Colorado legalized sports betting by passing legislation following a public referendum in 2019.
Since the referendum, Colorado online sports betting has attracted many online sportsbooks. At present, there are thirteen Colorado sports betting sites with another three planned to enter the market.
Illinois passed the Illinois Sports Wagering Act in 2019 to become the 15th to legalize online sports wagering. As a result, bettors aged 21 years or above and located in Illinois can legally bet online or in person at a wide selection of casinos.
There are five Illinois sports betting apps that are licensed in The Prairie State. Initially, Illinois sports betting law dictated that bettors must register in person at a licensed sportsbook before they could wager online.
However, the global pandemic has led Governor J.B. Pritzker to allow remote registration for the time being.
Sports betting went live in the state of Indiana in September 2020, with mobile sports betting launching a month later.
Indiana has three licensed betting apps and eleven sportsbook locations to bet in person.
The Hawkeye State legalized sports wagering in 2019 and is regulated by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. Iowa online sports betting has grown rapidly with several online sportsbooks licensed to accept sports wagers.
Similar to Illinois, the registration process required bettors to register in-person.
In 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the sports betting bill into law. However, Michigan online sports betting didn’t arrive until January 2021.
For decades the Silver State was the only state with legal sports betting until the federal ban on sports betting was lifted by the Supreme Court.
In 2019, the sports betting handle in Nevada was $6 billion. However, Nevada’s position as the largest betting state is under threat with the NJ sports wagering handle reaching $4 billion. Much like Illinois, and Iowa, mobile wagering is legal, but bettors must register in person at a casino before they can place bets online.
In 2012, the Garden State passed Bill A2578 to legalize sports betting in the state. However, the US Sports League filed an injunction against the legalization of sports betting, which would spark a six-year legal battle between them and the state of New Jersey.
Subsequently, the case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, which overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Act. Therefore removing the federal ban on sports betting in the United States.
As a result, NJ online sports betting was legalized in 2018 and they have not looked back since. Bettors in The Garden State can choose from eighteen betting sites licensed and operating in the state.
Sports betting was legalized in July 2019 with DraftKings sportsbook the only licensed sports betting app.
Sports betting is legal in the state of Oregon, but the options are limited.
The State Lottery, who also regulates the industry, launched its sports wagering app called Scoreboard in 2019. Alternatively, you can place in-person wagers at the Chinook Winds casino.
Pennsylvania launched legal sports betting back in May 2019, but the first sportsbook to launch did not happen until November that year.
Since then, the Keystone State has wasted no time in becoming a leading state, generating a record $462.8m in bets, in September 2020.
SugarHouse Sportsbook was the first of the PA sports betting apps to launch, but now there are seven PA sportsbooks accepting mobile sports wagers.
Rhode Island launched legal sports wagering, but mobile sports betting didn’t arrive until 2019. The only mobile sports betting app is operated by Rhode Island Lottery and powered by William Hill and IGT.
Tennessee launched online sports betting in November 2020, with four TN sports betting apps licensed to accept sports bets. Interestingly, there are no retail sportsbooks currently operating in Tennessee. The Volunteer State is the only one in the Union that offers online wagering only.
Virginia passed the bill to legalize sports betting in 2020, but it officially launched at the start of 2021.