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What States Allow Sports Betting?

what states allow sports betting?After the US Supreme Court’s ruling to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in May 2018, a lot more states allow sports betting. In fact, there’s plenty more that began the process to legalize sports wagering in their region since then. At the time, only a handful of states had legal sports betting. Since then, more than two dozen states have started entertaining the concept of sports gambling in their jurisdiction.

Not all 50 states have passed legislation to allow retail stores and online bookies from offering sports betting. Nevertheless, US players now have the option to either visit sportsbooks at a local retailer or website online in Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and many other states.

States with Legal Online Sports Betting

For a long time, most states in America weren’t able to enjoy some of the luxuries of collecting taxes from the billion-dollar industry due to their longstanding gambling laws. More recently, lawmakers in states such as Georgia have also begun proceeding over possibly enacting legislation that allows sports betting in the region. Additionally, Maine had passed a sports betting bill in the legislature back in 2019 before it was vetoed by the governor.

Here’s a list of states that allow sports betting either from a land-based retailer/casino or gambling online:

StateRetail or CasinoOnlineDate when it was officially launched
ArkansasNoYes1 July 2019
ColoradoYesYes1 May 2020
DelawareNoYes5 June 2018
IllinoisYesYes9 March 2020
IndianaYesYes30 August 2019
IowaYesYes15 August 2019
MichiganYesYes11 March 2020
MississippiNoYes1 August 2018
MontanaOn-Premises OnlyYes9 March 2020
New HampshireYesYes30 December 2019
New JerseyYesYes15 May 2018
New MexicoNoYes16 October 2018
New YorkNoYes16 June 2019
OregonYesYes27 August 2019
PennsylvaniaYesYes15 November 2018
Rhode IslandYesYes26 November 2018
TennesseeYesYes1 November 2020
West VirginiaYesNo1 September 2018
Washington, DCYesYes28 May 2020
VirginiaYesYes21 January 2021


States Where Gambling Is Illegal

Even though there has been progress made by some states, the more conservative states regarding gambling have yet to amend their laws. Here’s a list of states that either does not allow sports betting or have bills pending approval from the regulators:

  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Washington
List of states that allow sports betting

The following states have has begun the process of discussion at the state legislature level but the bill has not been passed:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Missouri
  • Ohio
  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • Oklahoma
  • South Caroline
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
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