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 approved Senate Bills 310 and 319, permitting a referendum on the 2022 ballot. Unfortunately, the Arizona House failed to take up the sports betting legislation before the session ended at the end of May. 

  • Status Of Legislation: On hold
  • Chance Of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low
  • When Could Sports Betting Launch: 2023

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

April has been a big month for the Grand Canyon State. Governor Doug Ducey (R.) signed legislation allowing for mobile sports betting.  

The move was surprising and a long time coming. While Arizona neighbors Nevada, voters and government officials have tended to view things differently in the past.  Demographics and attitudes are changing though, as evidenced by evolving views on gaming. 

“This is a historic day for tribal nations, their communities, and the entire state of Arizona — and I’m proud to sign a gaming compact amendment and associated legislation that will benefit people in every corner of our state,” Ducey tweeted on the day he signed the bill.

The new law allows for betting on professional and college teams. Commercial entities can apply for a license to operate mobile betting apps and to accept wagers in person at retail sportsbooks. Tribal entities can apply for a mobile-only license under the new law.

In addition, wagers can be placed at any one of the state’s tribal-based land casinos under the Arizona Gaming Compact, an agreement between the tribes and the state that was amended to provide additional gaming opportunities to tribal casinos. Now, the Gaming Compact goes to the federal government, where the Bureau of Indian Affairs needs to give it the go-ahead. This is expected without any complications.

Legal sports betting could be a reality in Arizona in as little as 90 days.

  • Status Of Legislation: Signed into law April 15
  • Chance Of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Done deal
  • When Could Sports Betting Launch: Fall 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

Sports betting has received significant pushback from the state’s tribal leaders, but the time is coming where a statewide referendum on the issue seems inevitable.

It’s only a question of when

Tribal leaders have undertaken an effort to put sports gaming on the 2022 ballot with a massive petition drive that has thus far received nearly 1.5 million signatures.  

But there are rumblings of a statewide effort to recall Governor Gavin Newsom (D) who has come under for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. If that election were to be held in 2021, a ballot referendum on sports betting could take place then as well.

  • Status Of Legislation: Proposed combined constitutional amendment via voter referendum and statute
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Medium
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2022

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 could be legal in Connecticut soon. Talks between Gov. Ned Lamont and its two tribal nations made progress in early March when an online gaming and sports betting agreement with one tribe was announced. Support from the other tribe wasn’t far behind. Now it is up to the Connecticut state legislature to legalize sports betting by passing a sports wagering and online gaming bill out of the Senate.

  • Status of Legislation: Pending 
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Medium
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2021

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

Many had hoped 2021 would be the year sports betting would be legalized in Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis (R.) has been working with members of the Eastern Band of Seminole Tribes to broker a deal that would appease all sides.  The tribes run six casinos in the state.

But the clock is ticking and each day before the April 30 deadline for the Florida Legislature to adjourn, gives lawmakers less time to vote on any proposal. 

DeSantis’s latest proposal earlier this month called for the tribes to run sports betting operations throughout the state at their casinos, in exchange for the tribes resuming payments in the hundreds of millions to the state that they ceased paying in 2019.  

The tribes rejected the proposal. Both sides have been adamant, however, they continue to negotiate. 

  • Status Of Legislation: Pending
  • Chance Of Legal Sports Betting Passing: 50/50
  • 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. 

  • 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. 

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

Louisiana

Louisiana voters OK’d sports betting in 55 parishes in the Nov. 2020 election. The next step toward legalization will happen after the state legislature convenes in April. It’s likely that state legislators will implement a regulatory framework for sports wagering by the time the legislature adjourns in June. Whether sports betting will be limited to in-person wagers at casinos or opened to online and mobile betting remains to be seen. 

  • Status of Legislation: Anticipated
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: High
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2021  

Maine

Sports betting was almost legalized in Maine in 2020 after it made it through the state legislature and to the governor’s desk. That’s where the journey ended. Governor Janet Mills vetoed the bill, and an attempt to override the action failed. No proposals have been filed to date this year, but there’s still time: state lawmakers don’t return home to their districts until the middle of June.

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

Maryland

The Old Line State passed sports betting legislation in the waning hours of the General Assembly earlier this month. The measure now goes before Governor Larry Hogan (R) for his approval.

The legislation allocates 10 retail licenses, as well as allows for licenses at two of the state’s horse racing facilities, Laurel Park and Pimlico — home of the Preakness. 

  • Status Of Legislation: Passed, awaiting governor signature
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: High
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2021

Massachusetts

The odds are long that Massachusetts will pass sports betting in 2021, but it is not completely out of the question. 

Republican Governor Charlie Baker is not opposed to it, nor are the majority Democrats who control both chambers in Boston. 

But the latest example of this came earlier this month when House leaders unveiled their budget proposal, and did not include any revenue projections from still-hypothetical sports betting.

Despite this, House Speaker Ron Mariano told local reporters he thought the potential to get sports betting legislation approved was still on the table. 

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

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. But lawmakers need to hurry: the current legislative session ends on May 17.

  • Status of Legislation: Pending
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2021

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 quite possible that sports betting could come to the Show Me State in 2021. 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 when the legislative session closed at the end of May.

  • Status of Legislation: On hold
  • 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

Sportsbooks could be coming to Nebraska under legislation pending this spring. The proposal would allow sports betting in casino areas at racetracks, with wagering limited to pro teams and out-of-state collegiate sports. The bill made headway after voters OK’d casino gaming at horse racetracks in 2020.

  • Status of Legislation: Pending
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Medium
  • 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 was 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

The big prize for sports bettors this year was always viewed as The Empire State. And it now appears they got what they wished for, even if the final product isn’t what many envisioned when the process began.

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D)  announced a deal earlier this month that allows for sports betting in the state, under very specific guidelines. When all the details are finally worked out and regulations in place, experts expect it will be early 2022 before online betting is legal in the state.

From our recent story: Under the terms of the deal, “the New York State Gaming Commission will take bids for two licenses, which will operate a minimum of four combined skins. Approved operators will pay a $25 million licensing fee, and sports betting revenue will be taxed at or above a 12% rate.”

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

North Carolina

Sports betting at two select locations, tribal casinos in the far western corner of the state, became legal in March.  Another casino is slated to be opened later this year closer to Charlotte, which is also slated to offer enthusiasts a chance to wager on their favorite team.

But as of now, that’s it.

Senate lawmakers unveiled legislation earlier this month calling for mobile-only sports betting.  Revenue from the proceeds would go toward education.

The legislation must pass the Senate by May 13, the crossover day for the General Assembly, for it to have a chance of survival this year. 

  • 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

Ohio is talking about legalizing sports betting this year; whether those talks will lead to legislation remains to be seen. Gov. Mike DeWine is confident that if legalization doesn’t happen this year, it will happen soon. Four of the five states surrounding Ohio are already active sports-betting markets. That includes Pennsylvania — one of the largest sports-wagering states in the nation with a commercial sports-betting handle of $3.5B in 2020.

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

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.

Earlier this month Governor Mark Gordon signed legislation allowing for mobile sports betting in the state.  Officials have until Sept. 1 to establish the framework, but advocates don’t expect it to take that long. 

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