What States Allow Sports Betting?

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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:

State Retail or Casino Online Date when it was officially launched
Arkansas No Yes 1 July 2019
Colorado Yes Yes 1 May 2020
Delaware No Yes 5 June 2018
Illinois Yes Yes 9 March 2020
Indiana Yes Yes 30 August 2019
Iowa Yes Yes 15 August 2019
Michigan Yes Yes 11 March 2020
Mississippi No Yes 1 August 2018
Montana On-Premises Only Yes 9 March 2020
Nevada Yes Yes 1931
New Hampshire Yes Yes 30 December 2019
New Jersey Yes Yes 15 May 2018
New Mexico No Yes 16 October 2018
New York No Yes 16 June 2019
Oregon Yes Yes 27 August 2019
Pennsylvania Yes Yes 15 November 2018
Rhode Island Yes Yes 26 November 2018
Tennessee Yes Yes 1 November 2020
West Virginia Yes No 1 September 2018
Washington, DC Yes Yes 28 May 2020
Virginia Yes Yes 21 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