States With Legal Betting: Where is Sports Betting Legal in the US?

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States were given the green light to regulate sportsbooks after the US Supreme Court deregulated sports betting at the federal level in 2018. Today, sports betting is legal and operational in 20 states and the District of Columbia, with online or mobile sports betting approved in at least 16 states. Here’s a running list of the status of sports betting in all 50 states and Washington, DC for easy tracking.

For up-to-date information on sports betting handle by states, see our Sports Betting Revenue Guide.

Alabama

The Alabama House of Representatives passed legislation in April that would allow voters in the state to decide whether or not sports betting, along with a lottery and other gambling options, could be legal. 

The measure made its way to the Alabama Senate where it approved Senate Bills 310 and 319, permitting a referendum on the 2022 ballot. Unfortunately, the Alabama House failed to take up the sports betting legislation before the session ended at the end of May. 

  • Status Of Legislation: Failed to pass both chambers
  • Chance Of Legal Sports Betting Passing: No chance
  • When Could Sports Betting Launch: 2023 at the earliest, if action takes place in 2022

Alaska

Alaska’s two Class II tribal casinos have a $3.7 annual economic impact on the state with a $350,500 tax impact. Attempts to draw in additional revenue through sports betting have failed, most recently in 2020.

  • Status of Legislation: None
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low 
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: Uncertain

Arizona

Arizona legalized sports betting under a 2021 state law signed on April 15 and launched sportsbooks on Sept. 9, 2021.

Twenty sports betting licenses are available under the Arizona sports betting rules. Half of the licenses were awarded to professional sports stadiums, PGA Tour host sites, and other approved sites located off Arizona’s tribal reservations. The other half were awarded to Arizona tribes for mobile sports betting. Tribes are also allowed to offer retail sports betting on their lands under the Arizona Gaming Compact.

Arizona sports betting–defined as “event wagering” under Arizona law–include but is not limited to single-game bets, teaser bets, parlays, over-under bets, money line bets, pools, exchange wagering, in-game wagering, in-play bets, prop bets, and straight bets. Wagers are prohibited on injuries, penalties, collegiate prop bets, and high school events.

  • Status Of Legislation: Signed into law April 15
  • Legal Sports Betting Launch: September 9, 2021

Arkansas

Arkansas opened its first retail sportsbook in 2019 after voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing sports betting and casino games in Nov. 2018. Gross gaming revenues from retail betting — including sports wagers — onsite at casinos exceeded $355.5 million last year. Sports betting is limited to casino premises.   

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: No
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2019
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $32.9M

California

California voters will decide in Nov. 2022 whether to legalize sports betting at tribal casinos and select racetracks under a multi-million-dollar ballot initiative organized by several tribal nations. The initiative became ballot-eligible in May 2021 when organizers collected more than the number of valid signatures required to put the issue to statewide vote.

If approved by voters, the combined initiated constitutional amendment and state statute would legalize sports betting at tribal casinos and in-person sportsbooks at privately-operated racetracks in select counties in 2022. Federal approval of an amended tribal-state gaming compact governing sports betting on tribal lands would also be required before tribal casinos could launch their sportsbooks.

There has been chatter about moving a vote on the ballot initiative to California’s Sept. 14 gubernatorial recall election. It remains unclear if such a move is likely, or even possible.

  • Status Of Legislation: Eligible For Nov. 2022 Ballot 
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Medium
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2023  

Colorado

Sports betting at casinos, online, and by mobile app launched in Colorado in May 2020 after licensed commercial casinos were authorized to offer sports betting by the 2019 Colorado state legislature. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2020
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $1.18B

Connecticut

Sports betting is expected to launch in Connecticut in September 2021. The state legislature passed sports betting legislation in May. It allows for the two tribal casinos in the state to operate their own sportsbooks, as well as various retail establishments throughout the state. Foxwoods Casino will partner with DraftKings and Mohegan Sun partnered with FanDuel. The Connecticut Lottery announced a partnership with BetRivers Sportsbook.

Delaware

Delaware was the first state to legalize sports betting after the 2018 PASPA ruling. All bets are handled by the state’s three commercial casinos with oversight by the state lottery. Mobile betting is authorized, but not available, for online gaming which the Delaware Lottery has said includes mobile sports betting.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: No
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: Yes
  • Year Launched: 2018
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $57.6M

Florida

The Sunshine State took steps toward legal sports betting in 2021 when both the Florida Legislature and Gov. Ron DeSantis signed off in May on an amended tribal gaming compact to allow the Seminole Tribe of Florida to run sportsbooks in the state.  Now, those plans are now in limbo.

One sticking point is required federal approval of the amended compact. Approval by the Department of the Interior was expected by July 10, but has yet to happen. Another hurdle is a 2018 voter referendum that gave Florida’s voters — not state lawmakers or the governor — the ability to expand gambling off tribal lands, leaving in question the legality of mobile Florida sports betting off the reservation. An industry-sponsored ballot initiative now underway to allow sports betting off tribal lands adds another wrinkle.

  • Status Of Legislation: Law, with amended tribal-state gaming compact pending federal approval
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2022

Georgia

Sports betting in Georgia is dead until 2022.

Bipartisan advocates had hoped this would be the year to get legislation approved. Republicans control both chambers and hold the governor’s mansion.  While some are opposed to increased gambling opportunities, the majority do support it as a source of revenue growth and economic development.

But they still needed Democrat support to get the various legislative proposals across the finish line. 

In response to a variety of voting-related measures passed in party-line votes, which have subsequently cost the state the 2021 MLB All Star Game in Atlanta, Democrats refused to work with Republicans on the sports betting bills.

  • Status of Legislation: Dead
  • Chance Of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Dead until 2022
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2023 

Hawaii

Hawaii is one of only two states in the nation that bans any form of gambling (the other is Utah). But that could change this year with a bill that would exclude online sports betting from the definition of gambling under state law. Licensing would begin as a pilot program. The bill was still pending action in committee in February.

  • Status of Legislation: Pending 
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low to Medium
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: It’s contingent on the pilot program, which would begin in 2021

Idaho

Idaho has no sports betting legislation pending action in the 2021 state legislature. The likelihood that there will be sportsbooks launched in the state is slim. Gaming is legal, however, at Idaho’s tribal casinos through pari-mutuel wagering, the state lottery, bingo, and raffles.

  • Status of Legislation: None
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: Uncertain

Illinois

Sports betting in Illinois was legalized in 2019 for professional sports and out-of-state collegiate games. Bettors can place bets at venues in-person and online, with the first wagers placed in March of 2020. As of April 4, 2021, new bettors must complete registration in person at a casino or retail sportsbook. 

Illinois has an online casino bill filed with the state legislature, though the bill must overcome multiple hurdles before it becomes law.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2020
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $1.88B

Indiana

Sports wagering —  both in-person and by mobile app — has been active in Indiana since 2019. Bets are permitted on professional and NCAA Division 1 sports at the state’s casinos, racinos, and OTBs. Mobile and online betting is only legal in-state.  

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2019
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $1.76B

Iowa

Iowa allows sports betting at its commercial and tribal casinos and through licensed mobile/online operators within state borders. In-state collegiate proposition bets are prohibited, along with bets on minor league sports or any interscholastic sports event.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2019
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $575M

Kansas

Sports betting in Kansas was on life support for most of 2021. The Kansas State Senate passed a bill to permit in-state casinos to operate sports betting apps, but the Kansas House wanted to expand sports betting to smaller licensees, including lottery operators. Large sportsbook companies didn’t back this version and the bills ultimately died. 

Despite the low likelihood of Kansas sports betting becoming a reality anytime soon, some companies haven’t shied away from preparing to enter the market. Bally’s recently inked a deal with Boot Hill Casino for market access in Kansas.

  • Status Of Legislation: Dead
  • Chance Of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2022

Kentucky

Sports betting remains illegal in Kentucky. Legislation that would have allowed sports betting at horse racetracks and other locations with oversight from the state Racing Commission was DOA after it was filed in January. The bill – which also proposed regulation of fantasy contests and online poker — was one of several attempts to legalize sports betting in Kentucky in recent years.

  • Status of Legislation: Dead
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: Uncertain

Louisiana

Louisiana sports betting is now legal under legislation signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards in June 2021. Up to 20 sportsbook licenses — each with two mobile skins — and a lottery-run sportsbook both via mobile app and kiosk will  be available in 55 parishes that authorized sports betting in 2020 once all state regulations are in place, although it could take awhile.

A shake-up at the Louisiana Gaming Control Board has the process on hold. Once a licensing application window opens, the state will give 15 riverboat casinos, four racinos, and one land-based casino in the 55 parishes first crack at the 20 casino licenses.  Those businesses will have until Jan. 1, 2022, or within 30 days of the opening of the application process, whichever is later, to apply. Small retailers will be allowed to apply for licenses turned away by casinos and tracks.

  • Status of Legislation: Law
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Done deal
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: TBD  

Maine

Maine is taking another shot at legalizing sports betting after Gov. Janet Mills vetoed a sportsbook bill approved by the state legislature last year. This year’s effort is LD1352, a bill that would tie sports betting apps to existing gaming facilities.  The measure is now pending final passage in the Senate. If it makes it through both chambers, the bill will go to Gov. Janet Mills to (hopefully) be signed into law. 

  • Status of Legislation: Pending Final Passage 
  •  Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Good 
  •  When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: TBD

Maryland

Maryland will put 100 or so sports betting licenses up for grabs under a state law signed by Governor Larry Hogan in May, with at least a limited launch possible this fall.  Regulations guiding the licensing process were expected to be approved by state regulators on July 15.

Here is how the 100+ licenses will be allocated, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency’s Sports Wagering FAQ page:

– 17 licenses will be issued to professional sports stadiums, casinos, horse racing tracks, off-track betting facilities and bingo halls with at least 200 electronic instant bingo machines;

 30 licenses will be set aside for smaller OTBs, bars, and restaurants;

– 60 mobile/online licenses will be issued.

  • Status Of Legislation: Law
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Done deal
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2021 or 2022

Massachusetts

Massachusetts state lawmakers are considering 20 or so bills this summer that could legalize sports betting in the commonwealth as early as fall 2021.

Some of the bills are filed by Republicans and others by Democrats, indicating that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want action on the issue. But betting hopefuls aren’t holding their breath that anything will pass. It was just two months ago, after all, that Beacon Hill rejected not one one but TWO attempts to legalize sports betting through the 2022 state budget approved this week.

Still, there’s a chance that state lawmakers will enact Massachusetts sports betting in some shape or form before the last day for formal action in the current legislative session arrives on Nov. 17, 2021.  Right now, Massachusetts has fewer than five months to get a regulatory bill through to Gov. Charlie Baker if it wants to have legal sportsbooks in time for the 2022 Super Bowl.

  • Status Of Legislation: Pending
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Medium
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2022

Michigan

Sports wagering and online gaming were legalized in Michigan in 2019. The first retail sports wagers were accepted by tribal and commercial casinos in 2020, and with online and mobile sportsbook options launched in 2021. Bets on sport or athletic events at the high-school level or below are prohibited.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: Yes
  • Year Launched: 2021
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $130.8M

Minnesota

Minnesota’s chances for live sports betting this year hinge on pending bills that would allow in-person wagers at casinos and racetracks. If that is legalized, online and mobile sports betting through the casinos could follow in 2022. However, the bill was practically dead on arrival. Minnesota’s state legislators and tribal gaming operators couldn’t agree on how to approach sports betting. As of now, it looks like Minnesota sports betting is on hold until they can reach an agreement. 

  • Status of Legislation: Pending
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2022

Mississippi

Mississippi was the third state to legalize sports betting after SCOTUS struck down a federal ban on state sports wagering regulation in 2018. Sportsbooks in Mississippi launched in August 2018, in-person at licensed commercial and tribal casinos. Amateur restrictions are few, with betting allowed on most pro and college sports including Ole Miss and Mississippi State games.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: No
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2018
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $363.8M 

Missouri

Early in 2021, it seemed possible that sports betting could come to the Show Me State in time for the 2021 NFL Kickoff Game. Two bills that would legalize sports betting in the state on excursion gaming boats and online for in-state bets were introduced in the Missouri Senate. The deadline for movement came and went, however, when the legislative session closed at the end of May.

  • Status of Legislation: Dead
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2022

Montana

Sports betting was launched in Montana in March 2020. Sportsbooks are open in bars and restaurants through Intralot kiosks regulated by the state lottery. Mobile and online sports betting is available onsite only, with no statutory or regulatory limits on amateur sports wagers. All mobile betting is operated by the state lottery and Intralot. The state also limits wagers to $250 at a kiosk or $1,000 on the website. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes (Lottery Run)
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2020
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $18.5M

Nebraska

Retail sportsbooks are headed to Nebraska, following the passage of LB 561. The law approves the construction of six new casinos in the state, plus physical sportsbooks at those locations. 

  • Status of Legislation: Passed
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Passed (Retail Only)
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2021

Nevada

Nevada’s full menu of legal sports wagering makes it a formidable competitor, but mobile sports betting could be its kryptonite. There are indications that legal sports betting in other states is cutting into Nevada’s market share. Still, with a commercial sports-betting handle of $4.3 billion in 2020 alone, Nevada has the upper hand.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 1949
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $4.3B

New Hampshire

Sports betting launched in New Hampshire through mobile platform DraftKings in 2019 and at retail sites in 2020. Wagering is allowed statewide on professional and college sports. There are some amateur restrictions in place — no bets can be wagered on New Hampshire collegiate teams or other collegiate games played in-state that are not affiliated with an interstate tournament.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: Yes
  • Year Launched: 2019
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $292.6M 

New Jersey

New Jersey opened its first sportsbooks in 2018 after winning the SCOTUS case that ended the federal ban on state-regulated sports wagering. Now the Garden State has the largest sports betting market in the nation, with wagers accepted at commercial casinos, racetracks, and via online and mobile platforms statewide. Amateur restrictions are in place for in-state college teams and events.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: Yes
  • Year Launched: 2018
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $6B

New Mexico

All types of Class III gaming — including sports betting — are allowed at tribal casinos in New Mexico per a 2015 tribal gaming compact. But no online or mobile sports betting is allowed, at least for now. State legislation is pending this spring that could create a gaming reform commission to propose changes to New Mexico’s gaming practices across the board.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: No
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2018
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: N/A

New York

New York retail sports betting launched in 2019 at eight upstate New York casinos. Now New York mobile sports betting is legal, too, with a launch pending at four upstate commercial casinos.

At least two mobile platforms and four mobile operators will be selected to offer mobile sports betting through servers located at the four casinos through a bidding process handled by the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC).  The application process opened on July 9, with a tentative application deadline set for Aug. 9, 2021.  The plan is for the NYSGC to bid out the licenses no later than 150 days after the application deadline, setting the state up for a potential mobile sports betting launch in time for the 2022 Super Bowl.

  • Status Of Legislation: Law
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Done deal
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2021

North Carolina

Sports betting at two tribal casinos in far western North Carolina became legal in March, but neither have launched any retail sportsbooks. Mobile sports betting is even more elusive, with bills to legalize mobile sportsbooks in the Old North State stalling earlier this year.

Proponents of expanding sportsbooks beyond tribal casinos say they are hopeful that the North Carolina General Assembly can have what some call a “serious discussion” about the issue before a scheduled break in July. 

  • Status Of Legislation: Pending
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: 50/50
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2021

North Dakota

Sports betting won’t be coming to North Dakota anytime soon. In March the state Senate narrowly voted down House Resolution 3032 which would have put the issue before voters in 2022.

It’s possible the issue could resurface before the April 30 session deadline, but that remains unlikely.

  • Status Of Legislation: Failed
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Slim to None
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2023

Ohio

Governor Mike DeWine has made clear he wants legislation to pass this year.  

The state Senate passed its version of sports betting in mid-June. Under its version, there are three different types of licenses, and sports betting could be done online or at a retail sports establishment.  It also allows for sports betting at certain establishments that serve alcohol, but limits those bets to $200 daily.

As it stands, Ohio’s sports betting bill is currently stalled until after Labor Day. The state Senate rejected amendments to HB 29, which leaves the legislation on shaky ground until September. 

The Ohio Legislature does not have an end date, so it could continue to work on legislation throughout the year.

  • Status of Legislation: Passed in Senate, nothing introduced in House
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Medium to High
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2022

Oklahoma

Tribal-state relations will likely dictate when, and if, legal sports betting comes to Oklahoma. The future of sportsbooks in the state remains uncertain after relations between the state and its tribal nations took a recent downturn amid tribal gaming compact lawsuits. The state lost a major battle last year when a federal court allowed renewal of existing tribal compacts for 15 years. Sports betting will likely be on hold until state-tribal relations thaw.

  • Status of Legislation: None
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Uncertain
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: Uncertain

Oregon

Oregon went live in 2019 with sports wagering through tribal casinos, followed by the state lottery. Bettors can wager on professional sports through the Oregon Lottery at kiosks, retailers, and via the lottery’s mobile Scoreboard app statewide. The mobile offering has been a great success – wagers for Super Bowl LV alone broke records with nearly $3.5 million in payouts.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2019
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $218.2M

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is one of the largest sports-betting states with $600 million in betting handle in January 2021 alone. Sports wagers are legal at commercial casinos and racinos, OTB venues, mini-casinos, and online by mobile app, with no collegiate betting restrictions on in-state or out-of-state games. Another commercial casino is expected to open in Pennsylvania this year, further increasing state revenue.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: Yes
  • Year Launched: 2018
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $3.58B

Rhode Island

Sports wagering has been legal since 2018 at two casinos operated by the Rhode Island Lottery. Mobile and online betting launched the following year through SportsBook Rhode Island and is allowed statewide. Betting on in-state college teams and sporting events is prohibited, with little restriction on other college wagers.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2018
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $221.9M

South Carolina

Video gaming was a thriving industry in South Carolina until 1999 when action by the state legislature and the South Carolina Supreme Court closed it down. Today, legal gaming in the Palmetto State is limited generally to the state lottery and casino boats. There is some legislative action this year that could lead to a Nov. 2022 constitutional amendment on pro sports wagers, pari-mutuel betting, casino games, and electronic gaming, although no action has been taken on the proposal since January.

  • Status of Legislation: Pending
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2023

South Dakota

Governor Kristi Noem signed legislation in March that allows for sports betting in the city of Deadwood, as well as on tribal casinos in the state.

  • Status Of Legislation: Signed into law
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: High
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2021 

Tennessee

Sports wagering online and by mobile app launched last fall in the Volunteer State. Sports betting is operated by the state lottery, but commercial apps have launched, including DraftKings, FanDuel, and a few others. Bettors can place sports wagers anywhere in Tennessee with specific restrictions: prop betting on all NCAA football or basketball games is illegal.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: No
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2020
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $312.3M

Texas

While all eyes have been on New York this year, Texas lawmakers didn’t want to be left out of the sports betting explosion that seems to be taking hold in 2021. 

During a marathon session earlier this year House lawmakers heard testimony on several bills that would bring sports betting, as well as additional casinos, to the voters in a Nov. 2021 ballot referendum.

Although sportsbooks, pro teams, and even retired athletes lobbied the state hard to push for the referendum, the legislative session came to a close on May 31 without any resolution or movement.

They may have lost their shot until 2023 because the Texas legislature only meets every other year. This could mean Texas bettors might not see sports betting apps until 2024 or 2025. 

  • Status Of Legislation: On hold
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2024

Utah

Utah bans all forms of gambling, including state lotteries and sweepstakes. There is no proposed legislation to lift the ban.

  • Status of Legislation: None
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: Uncertain

Vermont

Legislation has been introduced in the Vermont General Assembly this year to approve sports betting, but movement has been static. While lawmakers have until May 28, it remains unclear if sports betting will be a top priority this year.

Senate Bill 77, introduced by state Sen. Richard Sears (D), would authorize online sports betting and other gaming activities to become legal in the Green Mountain State on July 1.

Vermonters should not go another Super Bowl without the choice of placing a bet legally and safely on the big game,” Sears wrote in an op-ed in February.

  • Status Of Legislation: Pending
  • Chance Of Legal Sports Betting Passing: 50/50
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2021

Virginia

Virginia began offering online-only sportsbooks in 2021 after its state lottery approved a permit for FanDuel, the first app to launch in the state. The state will eventually allow a maximum of 12 mobile sports-betting permits per a 2020 law that legalized online sportsbooks. Retail sportsbooks are also on the way under another 2020 law allowing five cities, including the state capital, to welcome casinos by referendum. Four cities have approved casinos to date, with Richmond residents voting this fall. Virginia won’t see casinos or retail sportsbooks until 2022 at the earliest. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: No
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2021
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: N/A

Washington 

Washington state legalized in-person retail and in-person mobile sports betting at tribal casinos last year, but those sportsbooks have yet to launch. New legislation introduced in January that would expand sports gaming to racetracks and cardrooms has shown little movement. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: No
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Pending
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: No launch yet
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: None

Washington, DC 

The nation’s capital has had live sports betting through the DC Lottery since 2020. Bettors today can access the DC Lottery run GambetDC app as well as William Hill. Bettors must place bets at the Capital One Arena, or within a few blocks of it. Bettors can look forward to sports wagering at Audi Field and Nationals Park later in 2021. BetMGM partnered with the Nationals to open a retail sportsbook at the ballpark. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2020
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $61.7M @Capital One Arena; ~$18.3M GambetDC

West Virginia

Sports betting launched in West Virginia at retail casinos in 2018. Today, bettors can place sports wagers in-person and online through any number of sportsbooks including DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, William Hill, and Golden Nugget through agreements with commercial casinos, racinos, and online operators. The Mountaineer State also offers online casino games and poker. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: Yes
  • Year Launched: 2018
  • 2020 Sports Betting Handle: $393M

Wisconsin

Wisconsin does not have legal sports wagering yet, and no bills are pending to allow it. Bettors are being invited across state lines to wager in Illinois, which launched sports betting in 2020. 

  • Status of Legislation: None
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Uncertain
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: Uncertain

Wyoming

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises in 2021 was the passage of sports betting legislation in Wyoming. Sports betting is now live in the state. It launched on September 1, and DraftKings and BetMGM were the first to go live. The state expects more sportsbook apps to launch in the future.

Canada

Single-event sports betting is heading to the Great White North. The move comes after legislation to end the prohibition on single-event sports wagering in Canada cleared Parliament last month. Royal assent (approval) of the legislation was granted on June 29, 2021, allowing legal sports betting end-to-end. The next step is for individual provinces to pass their own laws that create a regulatory framework for the operation of single-event sports betting. So far, BetMGM is expected to launch in Canada. Ontario will likely be the first province to see legal sports betting.

About the Author

Rebecca Hanchett

Rebecca Hanchett is a political writer based in Kentucky's Bluegrass region who covers legislative developments at Gaming Today. She worked as a public affairs specialist for 23 years at the Kentucky State Capitol. A University of Kentucky grad, she has been known to watch UK basketball from time to time.

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