Since the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, the list of states with legal sports betting is ever-increasing with as many 17 states that offer sports betting. But, now that sports betting is in the hands of the state legislature with differing levels of sports betting legalized. It can be confusing to know what you can legally bet on.

Fortunately, we have put this comprehensive guide together that examines the states with legal sports betting, such as, what, when, and how you can legally bet on sports in those states. Plus, we will show the landscape of states that plan to legalize sports betting and those with no current sports betting legislation.



States with Sports Betting Map

Overview Of States With Legal Sports Betting

Arkansas

Arkansas legalized sports betting in 2018. The legislation was voted in through a public referendum, but only in-person gambling is allowed for now.

Arkansas has three sports betting locations:

  • Southland Casino
  • Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort
  • Saracen Resort Casino

Colorado

Similar to Arkansas, Colorado legalized sports betting by passing legislation following a public referendum in 2019.

Soon Colorado might rival New Jersey for the choice of betting sites available. At present, there are thirteen Colorado sports betting sites compared to New Jersey’s eighteen. However, there are three more sportsbooks planned to enter the market, so Colorado is hot their tail.


Delaware

Delaware was the first state to legalize sports betting after the Supreme Court lifted the federal ban on sports betting.

However, online sports betting is not yet allowed, which means bettors must wager person for now.

You can wager at three locations in Delaware:

  • Delaware Park Casino
  • Dover Downs
  • Harrington Raceway.

Illinois

Illinois passed the Illinois Sports Wagering Act in 2019. As a result they became the 15th state with legal sports betting.

Therefore bettors who are 21 years of age or older and located in Illinois can legally bet on sports online or in person at a wide selection of casinos. In fact, there are five casinos where you can go and place sports wagers, as well as five online sportsbooks with Illinois Sports Betting Apps.

Like many other states with sports betting, Illinois sports betting law dictates that bettors must register in person at a licensed sportsbook. However, the global pandemic has led Governor J.B. Pritzker to allow remote registration for the time being.


Indiana

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.


Iowa

Iowa legalized sports betting in 2019, which is regulated by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

There are four Iowa sports betting apps licensed to accept sports bets. There are also fifteen retail sportsbooks in Iowa.

However, the registration process is much more convoluted compared to other states with legal sports betting due to the in-person registration required. Like sports betting in Illinois, Iowans must register at a licensed Iowa casino to open an account.


Michigan

In 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the sports betting bill into law. However, due to the pandemic, Michigan sports betting apps are not expected to launch until 2021.


Nevada

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 betting handle reaching $4 billion.

Much like sports betting in Iowa or Illinois, mobile wagering is legal, but bettors must register in person at a casino before they can place bets online.


New Hampshire

New Hampshire legalized sports betting in July 2019 with DraftKings sportsbook the only licensed sports betting app.


New Jersey

In 2012, the Garden State passed Bill A2578 to legalize sports betting in the state. However, the bill would spark a six-year legal battle between the state of New Jersey and the US Sports League who filed an injunction against the legalization of sports betting. 

Subsequently, the case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, who overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Act. Therefore removing the federal ban on sports betting in the United States.

As a result, sports betting was legalized in 2018 and they have not looked back since. For instance, the eighteen NJ betting sites operating in the state means bettors are spoilt for choice!

There are also eleven NJ sports betting locations with eight casinos that have sportsbook lounges, as well as three racetracks where you can place a sports bet in person.


New Mexico

New Mexico was the 6th state after West Virginia to legalize sports betting in the United States. Although, the state legislature has not yet passed a sports betting bill.

If you wish to place a sports wager in New Mexico, then you can place an in-person bet at the following locations:

  • Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel
  • Hilton Buffalo Thunder Sportsbook
  • The Sportsbook at the Inn of the Mountain Gods
  • The Isleta Resort and Casino Sportsbook

New York

In-person sports betting is legal in the state of New York, but mobile betting is not, currently. The first legal sports bet was placed by J. Gary Pretlow at the Rivers Casino.

There are seven NY sports betting locations:

  • Resorts World Catskills
  • Resorts World New York City
  • Del Lago Resort and Casino
  • Tioga Downs and Casino
  • Turning Stone Resort and Casino
  • Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino
  • Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway

Mississippi

In 2018, Mississippi partially legalized mobile sports betting, because bettors may only place a bet while inside a casino. However, Mississippi has twenty-four retail sportsbook locations, so bettors are not stuck for choice of where to bet.

Mississippi Gaming Commission oversees and regulates gambling in licensed casinos, who pay 12% tax on their earnings from sports bets.


Montana

Montana legalized sports betting in May 2019, but only at licensed bars and restaurants. For example, bettors can use their mobile to place wagers, but it will not work outside of the premise

The state lottery oversees gambling in the state.


Oregon

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

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.

More NJ sports betting apps are expected to enter the market in the next few years.


Rhode Island

Rhode Island was one of the first states with legal sports betting.

Rhode Island has two casinos that accept sports wagers, but mobile wagering is not yet live.


Tennessee

Tennessee launched sports betting in November 2020, with three TN sports betting apps licensed to accept sports bets.

However, with no retail sportsbooks currently operating in Tennessee. The Volunteer State is the only one in the Union that offer online wagering only.


Washington DC

Washington DC legalized sports betting in 2019, but the options are very limited. Intralot’s, Gambet DC, is the only sports betting app in the state.

Also, William Hill is the only retail sportsbook, which is situated inside the Capital One Arena.

West Virginia

In 2020, West Virginia became the fifth state to legalize sports betting. Subsequently, five sportsbooks obtained a license to operate a West Virginia sports betting app and accept wagers on sports.

Additionally, there are technically five sports betting locations in West Virginia, but as well as five sports betting locations in West Virginia.


The States with Sports Betting Bills Passed

  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Washington

The States with Sports Betting Bills Under Consideration

  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Vermont

The States With Failed Legislation States

There are currently seven states that have no sports betting legislation in place:

  • Idaho
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming