Sports betting online is sweeping the nation as legal US sportsbooks popped up in states such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Mexico, Nevada, Delaware and others. Where is sports betting legal? Where can I bet online? Look no further than this guide to legal US sports betting - starting with a quick and easy to use map of the US.
Sports betting became legal within the United States on May 14, 2018. The Supreme Court struck down PASPA, a 1992 ruling, that opened the floodgates for legal sports betting within the United States.The PASPA overturn gave each state the ability to make their own laws about sports betting. Many states acted quickly to pass laws, drastically changing the experience of watching sports for residents and people visiting.
Sports betting is still illegal in most US States, with many rogue brands soliciting gamblers to unsafe, unmonitored, and illegal sites. Beware, you could easily be betting with an unregulated bookie, which is why we put together this all-encompassing guide on legal sports betting in the US. Just find your state below to see where you can bet in person and where you can bet online or on an app; legally, safely, and securely.
But first, we’ll answer some frequently asked questions.
In the first year of operations, legal sports betting wagers has surpassed even the highest of expectations. Led by NJ online casinos, New Jersey gaming establishments have seen 22% growth since 2017. But it isn’t just thanks to online casino games and live dealer, as NJ sports betting profits hit the tune of $8 million in August 2018, $6.059 million of which came from land-based NJ sportsbooks. In fact, some believe New Jersey could surpass Nevada in the sports betting market.
Now with sports betting being firmly established in the US, the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL are all set to capitalize. What is lining up to be a win-win situation for everyone, studies have shown revenue from sports wagering could escalate into the billions for these major sports. This all leads us to the question, what’s next for US sports betting?
There are currently 16 states (including DC for simplicity) that have legalized sports betting, but more states could have sports betting up and running by the end of 2019 or at some point in 2020. Only two states have made sports betting apps legal.
Here is a list of states (including DC) that have legal sports betting in the US:
Many people ask, “Where can I bet on sports?” or “Where can I bet on sports online?”. BonusSeeker will provide the most up-to-date answers to these questions. And as previously mentioned, New Jersey sportsbooks have hit the ground running, following in the footsteps of Nevada sports betting. NJ has both in-person sports betting and online sports betting. But it doesn’t just end with New Jersey.
Scroll up to the table at the top of this page and choose your state from the drop-down to generate a list of legal sportsbooks.
There are currently three states where you can sports bet online:
Currently there is online sports betting only available at New Jersey (as mentioned above), Nevada and Pennsylvania. Though it launched briefly, West Virginia online sports betting is currently on hold, but it is expected to be back and running again at some point in the summer of 2019. Other states expected to have online sports betting shortly are Tennessee, Indiana, New Hampshire and Iowa.
Here is a list of all current sports betting sites in the US:
Sports betting in Arkansas officially went live on July 1 at the Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, making the Land Of Opportunity one of the latest to enter the ever-growing market that now includes nearly 20 states with legislation passed.
Voters in Arkansas originally approved a constitutional amendment that allows select casinos to offer sports betting in November 2018. In mid-June 2019, the Arkansas Racing Commission granted Oaklawn the opportunity to commence operations on July 1 after previously approving a set of rules for AR sports betting to abide by. Efforts to bring online wagering into the fold officially fell apart during the springtime, making this a strictly land-based venture for the time being.
On June 5, 2018, Delaware sports betting went live, beating out New Jersey as the first state to join Nevada with legal sports betting. Currently, you can place sports bets with Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway casinos, and although Delaware officials have not yet authorized online sports betting, it is expected that DE online sports betting apps will be set up similarly to Delaware online casinos.
The legal sports betting industry is due to arrive in the American Midwest in the Fall of 2019 after the bill to allow Indiana sports betting in the state was officially signed into law by Governor Eric Holcomb in May. Indiana became the 10th state to offer sports betting and will officially go live on September 1 under the Indiana Gaming Commission, which began accepting sports betting applications on July 1.
In addition to land-based venues, Indiana sports betting will be offered on mobile devices as well after Indiana Senators worked to have online betting language re-inserted into the legislation. This will be the first time Indiana allows mobile gambling of any time.
Governor Kim Reynolds signed the measure for sports betting in Iowa into law on May 13 as the Hawkeye State joined a series of others jumping into sports betting around the same time. The law went into effect on July 1, but rules and regulations are still being written. Expectations are that the necessary framework will be in place by fall 2019 in time for NFL and NCAA football season.
Online sports betting is set to be included as well, along with the legalization of daily fantasy sports platforms such as DraftKings and FanDuel. Under the new legislation, Iowans will be allowed to wager at any of the state’s 19 casinos and online after going in-person to a casino to verify being at least 21 years of age.
Led by MGM Resorts, Mississippi sports betting opened up in October 2018. MS sportsbooks are only allowed to offer in-person betting as of right now, but Mississippi online sports betting is currently only for on-site customers, but some believe MS online sports betting will arrive eventually. There are at least 27 MS sportsbooks, including those at coastal casinos. In fact, DraftKings Sportsbook just opened its first land-based sportsbook at Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort. Other MS sportsbooks include Golden Nugget Sportsbook, Beau Rivage Sportsbook, Gold Strike Sportsbook and Harrah’s Gulf Coast Sportsbook.
Montana became the first to legalize sports betting in 2019, with Gov. Steve Bullock signing the measure (HB 725) into law on May 3. The Treasure State is one of the few that has put forth legislation to legalize sports betting across the board both online and at land-based venues.
As a result, Montana sports betting and MT online sports betting are arriving at the exact same time and are being run by Intralot, the state lottery provider. The one-provider monopoly modelis the same one that is currently in place in our nation’s capital with DC sports betting, which passed sports betting legislation in 2018. The Montana state lottery projects that more than $65 million will be wagered in MT sports betting during its first year. At an 8.5 percent tax rate, the government is expected to generate $3.7 million in tax revenue over the first 12 months.
Due to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, the Montana Lottery previously offered certain types of sports betting, including a fantasy-type sports pool for football and auto racing.
Some form of sports betting in Nevada has been legal since 1949, and it used to be the only show in town until recently. Oh, but don’t feel too bad because Nevada hit an all-time high when they made total revenue of $56.3 million with a total handle of $571 million in September. So things are going just fine, and these days, the Silver State has put its focus into iGaming, expanding online poker and online sports betting, including the revamped WSOP.com.
Just about every Nevada casino has a sportsbook. They range in size and grandeur depending on the sportsbooks location. In 2010, the first Nevada sports betting app was released. Mobile apps on the iPhone, iPad and Android devices are all available to locals and tourists, and are especially useful during major sporting events like March Madness and the Super Bowl.
New Hampshire is closer than it has ever been to legalizing sports betting after a bill to allow land-based and online sports betting passed through the state legislature. It requires just one more signature, that of Governor Chris Sununu, who has already made it known that he supports the measure. The bill is expected to be signed at some point in July by Sununu, who has included $10 million in sports betting revenue as part of his yearly budget plan.
NH sports betting will be overseen by the Division of Sports Wagering, a newly-created brand of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. Amendments to the original bill dictate that mobile sports operators in New Hampshire will be permitted, but will not exceed five in total while the amount of land-based operators is capped at 10.
Unlike other states with recently passed legislation of this kind, New Hampshire will allow anyone over the age of 18 to wager on professional and collegiate sporting events in which teams from inside the state are not competing.
As we discussed, New Jersey sports betting has greatly benefited from both online and with land-based casinos. What is even more exciting is the innovation brought on by companies such as DraftKings Sportsbook NJ and PointsBet, as they make sports betting easier and offer news ways to play.
Not to mention that the industry continues to grow as they offer new types of bonuses for players in what is called risk-free bets. And of course, NJ online casinos such as Borgata Online Casino and Golden Nugget Online continue to make waves, bringing new ways to play such as Live Dealer games.
Check out how to deposit for NJ sports betting below.
New Mexico has stepped into the sports betting community. Although no new legislation has been enacted, the tribal gaming compact does cover Class III gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which creates the opportunity for legal New Mexico sports betting. Some disagree with the current agreement, but land-based sports betting can be found in New Mexico’s Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel Sportsbook. Due to the language of the agreement, it implies some work will need to be done to allow New Mexico online sports betting.
The New York State Gaming Commission finally approved rules to regulate sports betting and allow it at four upstate locations (Resorts World Casino, Rivers Sportsbook, Tioga Downs and del Lago Sportsbook) in addition to all tribal casinos for the time being.
The new regulations were published into the state register on June 26th, but do not cover mobile wagering. Currently, an assembly bill that covers NY online sports betting is in the state legislature. With the success of New Jersey and neighboring states legalizing sports gambling, it is only a matter of time before the Big Apple gets into the action at all land-based locations as well as online. After all, New York has racinos in place and a long history with horse racing.
PA sports betting is finally here, as the first PA sports bet happened on Nov. 15. And the first PA sportsbook to take the first sports bet was Hollywood Casino. Some other casinos expecting to join in the act are Parx Casino, The SugarHouse Online Casino NJ and Golden Nugget Online Casino are both expected to be involved with PA sports betting as well, creating SugarHouse Online Casino PA and the Golden Nugget Online Casino PA.
On Nov. 26, 2018, Rhode Island became the eighth state to offer sports betting, with Twin Rivers Sportsbook opening its doors to the first RI Sports betting lounge. In December 2018, Twin Rivers Tiverton Casino will open its in-person sportsbook. Twin Rivers Lincoln and Tiverton Casino join a large field of NJ sports betting operators to gain first-mover advantage in the newly-legal gambling climate of the USA.
Based on what we've seen in New Jersey and West Virginia, by the end of March 2019, we expect Twin Rivers Sportsbook Online and William Hill Sportsbook to launch sports betting apps in Rhode Island.
State legislature approved the Tennessee online sports betting measure with a Senate vote following a successful pass through the House of Representatives in late April.
Senate Bill 16 made its way through the house by obtaining 19 of 31 votes after previously receiving 58 of 95 votes in the House. Despite his opposition to legal gambling, Governor Bill Lee has expressed he’s prepared to allow the TN sports betting measure to become law without his signature.
TN online sports betting, governed by the Tennessee Lottery Commission, could begin sometime during the summer of 2019 prior to the sports betting revenue-generating season in the fall. Despite there being no legislation for land-based sports betting in The Volunteer State, TN sports betting online could produce as much as $50 million in taxes at a 22.5 percent rate. Portions of revenue earned will be put toward local government, education and treatment for gambling addiction, among other services.
Okay, so technically not a state, DC passed the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act on Dec. 18, which legalizes online sports betting. So why split hairs? The DC Lottery is expected to regulate DC sports betting and operations should begin by spring of 2019.
On August 30, 2018, West Virginia became the fifth state to offer legal sports betting when Hollywood Casino Sportsbook opened its doors. The law permits both in-person sports betting, as well as WV sports betting apps. As of October, the state has accumulated over $10 million in wagers involving sports, and that number will only rise as more casinos, like Hollywood Casino, and sportsbooks open up for business. However, WV online sports betting was put on hold due to a legal dispute, but sports wagering is expected to come online during the summer of 2019.
Election Day in 2018 only added to the hope that these following states will see legal sports betting at some point in 2019. The pressure also continues to mount as these states watch their neighbors reap the rewards of legal sports gambling.
Assemblymember Adam Gray of California introduced a constitutional amendment that would allow the state "to permit sports wagering only if a change in federal law occurs” in July of 2017. Well, the Supreme Court’s ruling opens up the possibility for this amendment to bring legalized sports wagering to California. There is also a voter referendum for 2020 being discussed that would legalize sports betting.
And if you enjoy reading tea leaves, casino operator MGM Resorts and online gambling operator GVC Holdings have struck a sports betting deal with California’s United Auburn Indian Community, which operates the Thunder Valley Casino Resort near Lincoln, California. When it comes to sports gambling in California, it feels like only a matter of time.
Colorado Rep. Cole Wist expressed that legalized sports betting in the state is a “no-brainer,” but would like to further discuss the matter before progressing toward legalization. However, with New Mexico sports betting becoming a reality, it may be time for the Centennial State to act sooner rather than later.
Governor-elect Ned Lamont recently mentions that it is time for Connecticut to establish regulations and bring legalized sports betting to the state. It is likely that lawmakers would have to sit down with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and Mohegan Tribe, which own and operate Foxwoods Resorts Casino and Mohegan Sun, respectively. But there seems to be motivation on all fronts that should lead to the legalization of Connecticut sports betting before the end of 2019.
In 2018, Illinois lawmakers introduced bills and held hearings for online gambling and sports betting, but no formal vote was taken. Now, with newly Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker, that all may change. Pritzker wants to expand gambling and legalize sports betting in the state. Illinois is one to watch as we head into 2019.
Kansas held hearings on sports betting earlier in the year and there seems to be growing support for sports wagering. It could take some time, however, as there hasn't been much movement in the legislature since the Supreme Court allowed states to legalize sports gambling. Representative Jan Kessinger of Overland Park would like to expand sports betting beyond local casinos, including sports bars, and has also suggested the idea of allowing people to place bets on their mobile devices.
Senator Julian Carroll refiled an updated version of the Kentucky sports betting bill on November 9, 2018. The bill would create an independent Kentucky Gaming Commission and would place a 25 percent tax on nets sports betting revenue. The bill will likely be considered by Kentucky lawmakers in 2019.
On 2018’s Election Day, 47 out of 64 parishes in Louisiana voted to legalize daily fantasy sports betting, but the implementation of the new proposal may not happen until late 2019. After the majority of parishes spoke in favor of legalized daily fantasy sports wagering, the hope is that Louisiana will begin to consider sports betting as a whole.
Sports wagering must be approved via state referendum in Maryland, and sadly, it was not on the ballot this past Election Day. The residents of Maryland must now wait until 2020 to vote on legalizing sports betting, but the expectation is that sports wagering will pass and arrive in Maryland by 2021.
DraftKings has ramped up sports betting lobbying efforts in Massachusetts, kicking off a public relations campaign before lawmakers return in January. Luckily for DraftKings, Governor Charlie Baker is an advocate for sports wagering and lawmakers in both the House and Senate have expressed interest in bringing sports gambling to the state of Massachusetts. Operators and regulators would like to get sports betting in place by September of 2019.
Representative Brandt Iden won re-election on November 6, 2018, which is an important victory for those who want Michigan sports betting. The House of Representatives gained traction in relation to internet gaming, passing three bills on the matter. The next step will be for Iden and others to come to an agreement with tribal casinos and pursue legalized sports betting when the session begins for the House and Senate in January.
Minnesota Representative Pat Garofalo is optimistic that the state will legalize sports betting at some point in the near future. In June, a 14-page draft bill circulated the state legislature, which would have led to sports wagering and created an overseeing commission. It would have also enabled mobile betting as well, but the draft bill was never voted upon.
Legislative hearings were held in Missouri prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling and a bill was introduced by Representative Bart Korman in January. Unfortunately, no advancements were made to legalize sports betting and Korman was unable to run for re-election due to term limits. We will see if the man replacing Korman, Jeff Porter will drive Missouri toward legalized sports wagering.
NC sports betting could be making headway toward legalization. Last year, Rep. John Hardister, the North Carolina House majority whip and a Guilford County Republican, co-sponsored legislation to regulate fantasy sports betting in North Carolina. Fast-forward to 2018 and it looks as if NC sports betting may become legal in 2019.
Rep. John Hardister states legalized sports betting is “something North Carolina needs to address.” And adds, “We need to (legalize) sports betting and create a framework to regulate it. I’ve talked to colleagues, and there is a willingness to address the issue. We need to study it and see what other states are doing.”
Some naysayers don't expect it to happen. NC Senate leader Phil Berger gave his thoughts on the matter, “I expect that the proper role for the state will be discussed as we enter the new session next year,” but did not offer any supportive comments to the possibilities.
Rep. Carla Cunningham, a Democrat from Mecklenburg County who co-sponsored the fantasy sports bill last year, said she would be open to discussing sports betting more in the future if it’s positioned as something that benefits areas of need.
Considering the potential revenue, one can say it indeed benefits areas of need for the state.
Senator John Eklund and Representative David Greenspan introduced a pair of placeholder bills in hopes to get the ball rolling for Ohio sports betting. Both men agree that legislation is in the very early stages, but they believe there is plenty of interest to bring legal sports betting to Ohio.
Governor-elect Kevin Stitt has expressed that Oklahoma would benefit from gambling, which would include sports betting. The state has previously floated a bill that would approve tribal sports wagering, which makes it safe to assume that Oklahoma is slowly working their way to legalized sports betting.
Oregon permits some form of sports betting due to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. But unlike other states covered by that legislation, the Oregon Lottery does not need new legislation to expand sports wagering. The Lottery has also launched a mobile app, which will bring an enhanced gambling experience to users, and should eventually offer the ability to place sports bets. It would not be a surprise to see Oregon take the leap into legalized sports betting as soon as 2020.
South Carolina introduced a bill last year that would have amended the state’s constitution to allow SC sports betting apps to offer legal gambling on professional & college sports. The legislative session ended before a vote could be taken, but there is already excited to push the bill forwarded in the upcoming session following the success of NJ sportsbooks during the 2018 NFL season.
SC House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford said he “absolutely will introduce” legislation again to legalize sports betting in the state. Rutherford went on to highlight illegal sports wagers and said, “Why not allow them to do legally what they’ve been doing illegally, but tax them on it?”
The possibility of making Virginia sports betting legal in 2019 is inching toward reality. House Bill 1638 has been pre-filed with the Virginia General Assembly by Delegate Mark Sickles on November 20, as the bill looks to repeal Virginia's prohibition of sports betting and online sportsbooks.
Diving deep into the house bill shows that they're looking more toward online sports betting under the umbrella of the Virginia Lottery, spotlighting websites, apps or other online platforms for sports bettors to utilize. Legislators think these moves will create more jobs and allow state university research projects to be funded by the income brought in from sports betting.
There are some proposed limits to VA sports betting bill, beyond a minimum age of 21 to place bets within the state. Any sporting event, college or professional, that would involve any team from Virginia cannot be bet on. Also, any member of a team, including employees, trainers, and referees are excluded from betting on games and events in Virginia.
If your state wasn’t mentioned above, you may have to wait longer than 2020 to delve into the world of sports betting. But fear not, as more and more places make sports betting legal, it will only increase the likelihood that your state will do the same for both online and land-based sports betting.
Alabama does not have a state lottery and it has been 19 years since voters last had a chance to decide on one. There are three tribal land casinos in Alabama, all owned by Wind Creek, and a racino called Victoryland, but all four locations are not allowed to provide table games such as blackjack or roulette. The state is one of nine that prohibits daily fantasy sports. Currently, there is no word of a sports betting bill as Alabama heads to its 2019 legislative session.
Currently, Alaska doesn’t have any casino locations and there is no sign of a sports betting bill being discussed in the state’s upcoming legislative session.
Arizona will have to sort out its tribal gaming compact if it wants to pursue legal sports betting.
It currently does not appear that Florida has any plans to pass sports betting. In fact, after voters said yes to Amendment 3, it may actually be more difficult for Florida sports betting to become legal.
There is no sign of a sports betting bill being discussed in Georgia’s upcoming legislative session.
Hawaii does not have any casinos and there appears to be no push toward legal sports betting.
Idaho would have to amend its State Constitution to allow betting on any sports, with the exception of horse racing. “To me, it’s so uphill that I haven’t even heard a whisper of a proponent,” said Brian Kane, Idaho assistant chief deputy attorney general. “The Constitution is very clear.” This pretty much sums it up.
There are some murmurs that Maine is open to legal sports betting. If that happens, we will be sure to update. In saying that, even if lawmakers move forward with sports betting, the Gambling Control Board estimates it would take six months to a year to go through the rule-making and licensing process.
There is currently no sports betting bill being considered by Nebraska lawmakers.
Much like Maine, New Hampshire sports betting may become a reality, and if it is, we will provide an update.
District 7 Republican Rep. Jason Dockter is writing a bill to legalize sports betting. "I will be bringing that to the 2019 session," District 7 Republican Rep. His proposal would be to offer it as an extension of the state's charitable gaming. Therefore, significant revenue from sports betting would go toward charity.
If South Dakota pushes for legal sports betting, it would be placed on the ballot for voters in 2020.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton oppose the expansion of legalized gambling. There is currently no plan to have legal sports betting in Texas.
Vermont has remained opposed to any new gambling expansion.
There are currently no plans for the Washington legislature to pursue legal sports betting.
If you want legal sports betting to remain, then a politician like Wisconsin. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner is someone you don't want in office. Sensenbrenner wants federal oversight on sports betting and has asked the DOJ to provide a fresh interpretation of relevant laws, including the Wire Act. If it were up to him, sports betting would not be legal anywhere.
There is currently to sports betting bill being considered by the Wyoming legislature.
No matter what state you are in, you can feel good about the progress the US has taken when it comes to sports betting and online gaming. Over the next few years, it will be difficult to not be passionate over all the possibilities that will allow us to not only find entertainment and win money, but connect as people. Over time, iGaming innovations will only grow, bringing together those from far distances, while delivering power right into the palm of a person’s hand or to the comfort of their home. It truly is a time to get excited as we enter the limitless world of sports betting.