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Where Is Sports Betting Legal?

Joey Shadeck

Jul 16, 2021

The time was 2017, only a few short years ago, and the only way you could bet on the Yankees annihilating the Red Sox was to go to Vegas or bet your buddy while watching the game. But the sports betting scene is in the midst of massive change.

Following a 2018 Supreme Court ruling that struck down a longstanding restriction - the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, or PASPA - states have been lining up to legalize sports betting in some capacity. Some states have decided to legalize sports betting at casinos and online (via mobile apps); others have chosen to introduce it through betting kiosks.

So what's the sports betting situation in your state? Check out our map below, or scroll down to your state to see the odds of sports betting being legal.

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Where is sports betting legal?

Here’s a full breakdown of where sports betting is legal in the United States on a state-by-state basis:

  • Legal (20 plus Washington, D.C.) - Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, D.C., Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
  • Legal but not yet live (8) - Arizona, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
  • Not legal (22) - Alabama, Alaska, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Alabama

Legislation has been introduced

Alabamians looking to bet on sports could be voting on legalization as soon as November 2021. As of April 2021, the Alabama Senate has passed and sent a four-bill package to the House of Representatives. The package of bills would legalize sports betting on collegiate and professional sports. It would also allow nine new casinos, six spread across Alabama and three on Indiana land. If the House passes the package of bills, Gov. Kay Ivey has previously expressed interest in supporting gambling legislation. If both the House and the Governor pass the package, (SB 310), it will go to vote on the November 2021 ballot. Until then, keep your fingers crossed!

Alaska

No meaningful legislation in 2021

There has been no meaningful legislation in Alaska in regards to sports betting in 2021. In 2020 Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced a bill to implement a state lottery in Alaska, which would oversee sports betting operations, but the bill never got out of a committee in either chamber. There has not been any legislation introduced in 2021, which leaves Alaska as one of the least likely states to legalize sports betting anytime soon.

Arizona

Legal (launching in 2021), mobile apps + casinos

Gov. Doug Ducey signed HB 2772 on April 15, 2021. The bill legalized sports betting online at tribal casinos and arenas owned by professional sports teams. Daily fantasy sports were also legalized. There are 20 total licenses available, meaning Arizona residents will have a wide range of options to choose from. Residents can expect Arizona sports betting to launch before the start of the NFL season in September 2021.

Arkansas

Legal, only at physical locations (Casinos)

Arkansas is one of the few states to have legal sports betting exclusively at brick-and-mortar locations. Arkansas legislators approved sports betting in 2018 and the first bet was taken in 2019 at the Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. Sports betting is only available at the following locations: Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, Southland Casino Racing, Saracen Casino Resort, and an unnamed casino that has not yet been built.

California

Legislation has been introduced

Sports betting in the Golden State will not likely be available anytime soon, as most legislative efforts have been quashed. Tribal nations are fighting to limit sports betting exclusively to tribal casinos instead of online betting.

In April 2021, there were rumblings of attempts to get sports betting back on the ballot, but Californians will have to keep waiting patiently until it happens.

Colorado

Legal, mobile apps and casinos

Sports betting is legal in Colorado at retail locations — casinos — and online following voter approval in 2019. Anyone 21 or older and within state lines can bet on sports from a mobile device or at licensed Colorado casinos. Read our guide for a full breakdown of the best Colorado Sports Betting Apps.

Connecticut

Legal (launching in 2021), mobile apps + casinos

The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes struck a deal with Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont in March 2021 and the state legislature passed the measure in May. The agreement allows each tribe and the state lottery to open mobile sportsbooks throughout the state. With all parties on board, full-scale mobile betting and betting at casinos can be expected to be up and running by September 2021.

Delaware

Legal, only at physical locations (casinos)

Sports betting in Delaware is legal, but only at three locations: the Delaware Park Casino, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, and Murphy’s Race and Sportsbook. Online sports betting is not yet legal but has the potential to be introduced via new legislation.

Florida

Legislation has been introduced

As of April 2021, the Seminole Tribe of Florida agreed in principle with the Florida government to a deal that, if passed, would bring sports betting to certain tribal casinos in the state. It would also give the owners of those tribal casinos the ability to negotiate with companies such as DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM to offer online sports betting. If legalized, sports betting would likely be rolled out before the NFL kicks off in September of 2021, or by early 2022.

Georgia

Legislation has been introduced

Both the Georgia House and Senate recently have introduced legislation (HB 86, SB 142) to legalize sports betting, a promising sign for would-be bettors; but both bills died at the end of the legislative session in April of 2021. Georgia residents will likely have to wait a year or two before having the opportunity to vote on sports betting legislation. Estimated timeline: 2022 - 2024.

Hawaii

No meaningful legislation

Hawaii and Utah are the only states with zero forms of legal gambling. No casinos, lottery, sports betting, bingo, etc. That’s right — not even bingo! That being said, there are a few bills aimed at starting a discussion about sports betting in the Aloha State. SB 595 focuses on creating a gambling task force, while HB 736 seeks to exclude online gambling from the state’s definition of gambling. Proposed legislation for both bills wouldn’t occur until 2022 or 2023, so Hawaiians will have to wait a bit before getting any sports betting hopes up.

Idaho

No meaningful legislation

Since the repeal of PASPA in 2018, there has been no meaningful legislation introduced in Idaho to try and legalize sports betting, and as of April 2021, there was no timetable for when legalized sports betting could be expected. Each state surrounding Idaho has some sort of legal sports betting, so betting fans have the option to drive across state lines.

Illinois

Legal, mobile apps + casinos

Sports betting is now legal in Illinois at retail locations and online. Residents of the Land of Lincoln can bet on sports at brick-and-mortar casinos or on their mobile phones or laptops. View our full breakdown of the Illinois' best mobile sports betting apps.

Illinois passed sports betting legislation at the 11th hour of its 2019 legislative session, surprising many who doubted the bill would reach the governor's desk. Senate Bill 690 passed in 2019, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bill shortly afterward.

A notable provision of the measure is that sports betting operators will be mandated to purchase official league data for all in-play wagers, alongside wagers that aren't dependent on the event's final score. For the consumer, this could ultimately limit betting options and make lines more expensive. On the other hand, league data could offer new types of bets based on next-gen stats. It will take time to see whether or not this mandate is a plus or a minus for consumers.

Indiana

Legal, mobile apps and casinos

Sports betting is legal in Indiana at brick-and-mortar casinos and online. The first legal sports bet in Indiana took place on Sept. 1, 2019. For a full breakdown of the state's best mobile sports betting apps, read our guide.

Gov. Eric Holcomb endorsed House Bill 1015 on his final day to act on the bill. The bill approves sports wagering at licensed facilities, including casinos, racetracks, riverboats, and online sportsbooks and mobile apps. With online sports betting being legal, residents can register and bet from their phones or laptops with multiple sportsbooks.

Iowa

Legal, mobile apps + casinos

Iowa sports betting is legal online and at brick-and-mortar casinos. The first legal sports bet in Iowa took place on Aug. 15, 2019. Read our guide for a full breakdown of the state’s best mobile sports betting apps.

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed SF 617 into law in 2019. The bill legalized sports betting online and at Iowa gambling boats, racetracks, and casinos. The bill also allowed Daily Fantasy Sports sites to accept customers from Iowa. If you’re interested in Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS), read our DraftKings and FanDuel reviews.

Kansas

Legislation has been introduced

As of April 2021, legislation was pending to legalize sports betting in Kansas. HB 2444 and H Sub SB 84 aim to bring in-person and online sports betting to the Sunflower State. Legislation adjourned in May without reaching any consensus, so sports betting is on hold for the time being.

Kentucky

Legislation has been introduced

With strong support from Gov. Andy Beshear, the chances of some form of Kentucky sports betting in the next few years is good. Legislation was introduced (though not passed) in both 2020 and 2021. The legislative session concluded in April 2021, so residents will have to wait until at least 2022 before revisiting the possibility of legal online betting.

Louisiana

Legal, undecided, launching in 2021 or 2022

Louisiana took a unique approach to sports betting, allowing each parish to vote on legalization before ironing out any details. Voters in 55 of 64 parishes voted to legalize sports betting in Louisiana on the 2020 ballot. Lawmakers are now going back and forth between tax rates, deciding whether or not online betting will be included, and more.

Maine

Legal, undecided, launching in 2021 or 2022

Maine almost got to the finish line in 2020 when a bill made it to Gov. Janet Mills’ desk but was vetoed. Fast forward to 2021; the legalization of sports betting in Maine has been revived in SB 1352. Residents should stay tuned in to local news, as this bill has a good chance of making it back to the governor’s desk. Estimated timeline for legalization: 2021 to 2022.

Maryland

Legal, launching in 2021 (expected by September)

Maryland voters successfully legalized sports betting on the November ballot of 2020. The legislation was passed on April 12th, 2021. Maryland residents should look forward to potentially betting on sports as soon as September of this year.

Massachusetts

Legislation has been introduced

Although Gov. Charlie Baker supports the legalization of sports betting and legislation has been introduced, there is no prominent bill or clear timetable that suggests residents will see sports betting in the near future. Lawmakers are still debating what should be included in a potential bill to bring sports betting to the Bay State.

Michigan

Legal, mobile apps and casinos

Sports betting is legal in Michigan at both brick-and-mortar casinos and online. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the Lawful Sports Betting Act into law in December 2019 and the first legal sports bet in Michigan took place in 2020. Read our guide for a full breakdown of the state’s best mobile sports betting apps.

Minnesota

Discussion to introduce legislation

As of March 2021, Minnesota lawmakers are still discussing different options for what a sports betting bill would look like with tribal casinos. The state’s tribal nations want to limit sports betting to casinos rather than allowing online operators in the state. There is no current timetable for the legalization of sports betting in Minnesota.

Mississippi

Legal, at physical casinos and “online” at physical casinos

Sports betting is legal in Mississippi at over 20 casinos across the state, with the first bet taken in August 2018. While on casino property, you can bet on your phone, but only using the app of the casino where you are, which is less convenient than true online betting.

Missouri

Legislation has been introduced

Six different bills were introduced in 2020 surrounding sports betting, and three in 2021. With so many bills introduced over the last two years, it’s clear Missouri lawmakers want to bring sports betting into the state; but they’re struggling on the more minor details. Residents should follow legislation closely, and it’s likely that something will be passed in 2021 or 2022.

Montana

Legal, at physical casinos and “online” at physical casinos and kiosks

Sports betting is legal in Montana at casinos throughout the state, 142 betting kiosks, or the Sports Bet Montana app, which is only available to use when on casino property. Montana took one of the stricter approaches to sports betting, which affects the experience for bettors. Because sports betting is run through the state lottery — essentially a monopolistic single provider — the odds offered on games are terrible. Hopefully, Montana will offer a more formal version of mobile sports betting in the next few years.

Nevada

Legal, mobile apps and casinos

Sports betting is legal in Nevada at brick-and-mortar casinos and online, with the first legal online sports bet in Nevada having taken place back in 2010. Residents must register for online sports betting at a casino before being able to bet on sports online. Read our guide for a full breakdown of the state’s best mobile sports betting apps.

New Hampshire

Legal, only one mobile app

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed House Bill 480 into law in 2019, legalizing sports betting in New Hampshire. New Hampshire took a unique approach to legal sports betting, selecting DraftKings Sportsbook as the only sportsbook to take bets online after an intense bidding session. Since there are no casinos in New Hampshire, DraftKings is the only option for betting on sports.

New Jersey

Legal, mobile apps + casinos

New Jersey was at the forefront of fighting against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, or PASPA, which previously made sports betting illegal in all 50 states. New Jersey quickly legalized online sports betting, iGaming (online slots), and online poker. Read our guide for a full breakdown of the state’s best mobile sports betting apps.

New Mexico

Legal, only at physical locations (casinos)

New Mexico is a unique case among U.S. states in terms of sports betting. The state’s tribal casinos in the state have interpreted current gaming compacts as permitting legal sports betting. Although no legislation has been passed, tribal casinos throughout the state are taking bets. Residents can bet on sports at the following casinos: Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino, Isleta Resort & Casino, and Santa Ana Star Casino.

New York

Legal, mobile apps (2022) and casinos

Sports betting is currently legal at the following four casinos in New York: Del Lago Resort & Casino, Tioga Downs Casino, Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady, and Resorts World Catskills. In April 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation approving a model for mobile sports betting. Online sports betting will be available in 2022, but only to a select few operators that will have to bid to gain access to the state.

North Carolina

Legal, only at physical locations (casinos)

Sports betting is legal in North Carolina, but only at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River. Mobile sports betting legislation has been reintroduced in early 2021.

North Dakota

Legislation introduced, tribal casinos could take action

There have been failed efforts to pass sports betting bills in North Dakota in 2019, 2020, and 2021. That said, tribal casinos in the state have been considering opening sportsbooks, which they assert would be legal under existing compacts with the state. While nothing is up and running yet, stay tuned, as North Dakota does have the opportunity to legalize online betting in the near future.

Ohio

Legislation has been introduced

Legislation has been introduced and is expected to pass in 2021. The legislation introduced would legalize sports betting at physical locations such as casinos, as well as online.

Oklahoma

Legislation has been introduced

Oklahoma’s gambling is run by tribal entities, which will have to negotiate with the Oklahoma government on any type of sports betting. Legislation was introduced and squashed in 2020, and there have been no significant rumblings thus far in 2021.

Oregon

Legal, mobile app and tribal casinos

Oregon is taking a different approach to sports betting, offering it exclusively through the lottery. The Oregon Lottery launched Scoreboard, the lottery's online sportsbook, in October 2019. Residents of Oregon can bet on their mobile device or computer anywhere in state lines except on tribal grounds. Currently, Scoreboard is the only sports betting app in the state. Tribal casinos can also offer sports betting at their casinos.

Pennsylvania

Legal, mobile apps (2022) and casinos

Sports betting is legal in Pennsylvania at brick-and-mortar casinos and online. Gov. Tom Wolf signed HB 271 into law in October 2017 and the first legal sports bet took place the following month at Hollywood Casino. Read our guide for a full breakdown of the state’s best mobile sports betting apps.

Rhode Island

Legal, mobile apps and casinos

Since 2018 Rhode Island has been offering sports betting at its two casinos as well as online. Unfortunately, there is only one online option available, Sportsbook Rhode Island, which is run by gaming company William Hill. That said, as long as you are within state lines, you can use Sportsbook Rhode Island.

South Carolina

No meaningful legislation in 2021

One of the few states behind the eight ball, South Carolina has not introduced any sports betting legislation in 2021 and has not expressed much interest in passing legislation in the Palmetto State.

South Dakota

Legal, only at physical locations (casinos)

South Dakota legalized sports betting in late 2020, with a planned launch date of Sept. 1, 2021. Sports betting will be available at casinos in Deadwood. Residents must register at a casino before placing any bets. The state’s 11 tribal casinos might also offer sports betting, but there has not been any clear outline of when and if this will occur.

Tennessee

Legal, mobile apps only

Sports betting is legal in Tennessee; however, it is only legal online. Sports betting in brick-and-mortar casinos is not permitted. The first legal sports bet in Tennessee took place on Nov. 1, 2020. Read our guide for a full breakdown of the state’s best mobile sports betting apps.

Texas

Legislation has been introduced

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes sports betting. Although legislation stalled out in committee in 2021, House Bill 2070 aimed to bring legal sports betting, both mobile and in-person, to the Lone Star State.

Utah

No meaningful legislation

Utah and Hawaii are the only states with zero forms of legal gambling. Utah is not expected to introduce or pass legislation in regards to wagering on sports anytime soon. Sorry, Jazz fans!

Virginia

Legal, mobile apps and casinos

Sports betting is legal in Virginia online, with the first legal sports bet taking place on Jan. 21, 2021. Sports betting will also be legal at brick-and-mortar casinos in Virginia once they are built. HB 896, signed into law in April 2020, permitted five Virginia cities to build casinos — Bristol, Danville, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Richmond — which will also offer sports betting. Read our guide for a full breakdown of the state’s best mobile sports betting apps.

Washington

Legal, only at physical locations (casinos)

Though HB 2638 was signed into law in March 2020, logistics are still being worked out, with sports betting expected to launch in September 2021 at the state’s tribal casinos. While sports betting is currently legal only at casinos, legislation has been introduced that would also legalize mobile betting, if passed.

West Virginia

Legal, mobile apps and casinos

West Virginia sports betting is legal online and at brick-and-mortar casinos and racetracks. It became legal in March 2018 when Gov. Jim Justice allowed SB 415 and HB 4396 to proceed into law without his signature. Read our guide for a full breakdown of the state’s best mobile sports betting apps.

Wisconsin

No meaningful legislation

Similar to the situation in Idaho, Wisconsin does not currently have any legislation aimed at bringing sports betting to the Badger State. It’s possible that sports betting will eventually be offered at the state’s tribal casinos, but it’s likely still some time away.

Wyoming

Legal, mobile apps only

Wyoming legalized sports betting in April 2021 with HB 133. The measure will legalize mobile betting in Wyoming, with a target start date of September 2021.

Recommended reading for beginners

Pro tip: If you're new to sports betting we recommend reading our guides on how to read odds, spread bets as well as sports betting for beginners.

Where can I bet on sports online legally?

The following states all offer online sports betting:

  • Arizona (not yet live)
  • Colorado
  • Illinois (must register)
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Maryland (not yet live)
  • Michigan
  • Nevada (must register)
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York (not yet live)
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming (not yet live)

What states offer online casino games?

The following states have legalized online casino games: Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Online casino games consist of online slot machines, online blackjack, online roulette, online bingo, and online virtual poker (against a computer), amongst other games.

What states offer online poker games?

The following states have legalized online poker games: Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Online poker consists of wagering real money against other online poker players. Common games offered include cash games, daily tournaments, and sit-and-go tables.

What are the best sports betting apps?

For our 2021 review we collected more than 36,000 data points over five months from 20 sportsbooks. Our top sports betting mobile apps are DraftKings Sportsbook, Barstool Sportsbook, PointsBet, FanDuel Sportsbook, and BetMGM. To see which of these sportsbooks are legal in your state read our state guides.

Is Bovada legal?

Bovada, BetOnline, and MyBookie are considered offshore sportsbooks and are illegal. These sportsbooks are not approved by a U.S. regulator. Without any oversight or regulation, an offshore sportsbook could close a client’s account without explanation or withhold from paying out on a big bet. While it is unlikely that will happen given there is a brand reputation at stake, it’s not worth the risk when there are legal options available. Even if you have to wait for your state to pass legislation, legal options are better, offer more bonuses, have dedicated mobile apps, amongst many other benefits.

Is sports betting legal in California?

No, sports betting is not currently legal in California. Sports betting in the Golden State will not likely be available anytime soon, as most legislative efforts have been quashed in 2021. Tribal nations are fighting to limit sports betting exclusively to tribal casinos instead of online betting.

Is sports betting legal in Texas?

No, sports betting is not legal in Texas. Although there was legislation introduced in 2021, it did not pass out of committee.

Is sports betting legal in New York?

Yes, sports betting is legal in New York at the following four casinos: Del Lago Resort & Casino, Tioga Downs Casino, Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady, and Resorts World Catskills. Online sports betting will be available in 2022, but only to a select few operators that will have to bid to gain access to the state.

Methodology

For Moneyline.com’s annual best online sportsbooks review, we collected more than 36,000 data points over five months from 20 sportsbooks that serve 11 states where full-scale mobile betting is legalized. Hundreds of hours were spent testing and scoring each sportsbook (mobile and online/desktop) in seven core categories: sports and bets offered, odds, live betting, mobile betting, education, ease of use, and bonuses and promotions. The results determined each sportsbook’s overall rating.

Data from more than 1,700 bets (including moneyline, spread and total bets) was used to generate each sportsbook’s comparative odds ranking. Leagues and bet types collected include NCAA football moneyline bets, NCAA basketball moneyline bets, NFL moneyline, spread and total bets, NBA spread, moneyline and total bets, NHL moneyline, puckline and total bets, and soccer 3-way result (moneyline) bets. When collecting odds, we made sure to collect the same games at the same time for each sportsbook, ensuring data accuracy.

About Moneyline.com’s chief sportsbook researcher, Joey Shadeck: I’ve been a hobby sports bettor for more than six years, placing hundreds of bets on my favorite sports (football, basketball, MMA) and teams (Packers, Spartans, and whoever is playing the Lions). Beyond sports betting, I’m known for saying “Wanna bet on it?” in almost any situation and that is how I found out I can eat 42 chicken nuggets in less than 20 minutes.

As of February 2021, 22 different states have legalized sports betting to some capacity. Of those 22 states, the following 11 have legalized full-scale mobile betting: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada (must register in-person), New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.



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About the Author

Joey Shadeck

Joey Shadeck is the lead writer for Moneyline.com and content strategist for Reink Media Group. He has closely tracked sports betting in the United States for the last two years, compiling hundreds of data points across dozens of sportsbooks. He has 6 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.





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