US States With Legal Sports Betting: Legislation Tracker

Where is sports betting legal? This is becoming a more popular question as the industry continues to expand in 2024. There are now 38 US states with legal sports betting, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

NC sportsbook apps began accepting wagers on March 11, bringing legal betting options to the Tar Heel State in time for the March Madness college basketball tournament.

Bookmark this page and stay tuned for the latest updates on state sports betting launches in 2024 and beyond. You can also check out monthly sports betting revenue and handle of all states with legal sportsbooks.

States With Legal Sports Betting: Map

The US map illustrates which states offer legal sports betting — at retail sportsbooks or via mobile sportsbook apps. See which states are getting set to launch sports betting and read the details below for each market.

Here’s a running list of the status of sports betting in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., for easy tracking. 

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY DC

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Where is Sports Betting Legal in the US?

We break down the current status of states where sports betting is legal — and where it isn’t. Click the state name to visit our in-depth review of online and in-person betting availability for that particular market.

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Georgia Sports BettingXX
Hawaii Sports BettingXX
Idaho Sports BettingXX
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Minnesota Sports BettingXX
Mississippi Sports BettingX
Missouri Sports BettingXX
Montana Sports BettingX
Nebraska Sports BettingX
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New MexicoX
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North Dakota Sports BettingX
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Oklahoma Sports BettingXX
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South Carolina Sports BettingXX
South Dakota Sports BettingX
Tennessee Sports BettingX
Texas Sports BettingXX
Utah Sports BettingXX
Vermont Sports BettingX
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Washington State Sports BettingX
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Wisconsin Sports BettingX
Wyoming Sports BettingX

Alabama

Two House bills that would legalize retail casinos, a lottery and mobile sports betting passed their first hurdles in February of 2024. They could lead to voters finally having their say on gambling’s introduction.

The House version was gutted in committee, however, removing the language that would have included sports betting and up to seven casinos, leaving only the prospect for a lottery.

In 2021, the Alabama House of Representatives passed legislation that would allow voters in the state to decide whether sports betting, along with a lottery and other gambling options, could be legalized. 

The measure made its way to the Alabama Senate, which approved Senate Bills 310 and 319, permitting a referendum on the 2022 ballot. The Alabama House failed to take up the sports betting legislation that year.

There were no sports betting bills proposed in 2023

  • Status of Legislation: Proposed
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Difficult
  • When Legal Sports Betting Could Launch: 2025 at the earliest

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 2022.

  • Status of Legislation: None
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low (although Gov. Mike Dunleavy supports it)
  • When Legal Sports Betting Could Launch: Indefinite wait

Arizona

Arizona legalized sports betting under a 2021 state law signed on April 15 and officially 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 – includes but is not limited to single-game bets, teaser bets, parlays, totals (Over/Under) bets, moneyline 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.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2021
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $5.16 billion

Arkansas

Arkansas opened its first retail sportsbook in 2019 after voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing sports betting and casino games in November 2018.

 Sports betting was originally limited to casino or racetrack premises but has since expanded.   

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2019
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $351.8 million

California

In November 2022, California voted against legalizing 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 a statewide vote.

If approved by voters, the combined initiated constitutional amendment and state statute would have legalized sports betting at tribal casinos and in-person sportsbooks at select privately-operated racetracks. The federal approval of an amended tribal-state gaming compact governing sports betting on tribal lands would have also been required before tribal casinos could launch sportsbooks.

Subsequent efforts to rally tribal interests around legalization have failed, including a highly unpopular bid by two tech entrepreneurs in 2023.

  • Status of Legislation: None
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Remote
  • When Legal Sports Betting Could Launch: Indefinite hold

Colorado

Legal sports betting at casinos, retail sportsbooks, and mobile apps was 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
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $4.84 billion

Connecticut

Sports betting launched in Connecticut on Oct. 19, 2021, after the state legislature passed sports betting legislation in May. It allowed for the two tribal casinos in the state to operate their own sportsbooks, as well as various retail establishments throughout the state. Foxwoods Casino partnered with DraftKings and Mohegan Sun partnered with FanDuel. The Connecticut Lottery announced a partnership with BetRivers Sportsbook. These sportsbooks are now live in the state.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: Yes
  • Year Launched: 2021
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $1.76 billion

Delaware

Delaware was the first state to legalize sports betting after the US Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, making the legalization of sports betting the decision of states.

All bets are handled by the state’s three commercial casinos with oversight by the state lottery. Online sports betting officially went live in Delaware following a soft launch on Dec. 27, 2023 with BetRivers Sportsbook, owned by Rush Street Interactive. A relaunch of its three online casinos (Delaware Park, Bally’s Dover Casino, and Harrington Raceway & Casino) also transpired. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: Yes
  • Year Launched: 2018
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $65.3 million

Florida

The Seminole Tribe relaunched sports betting via Hard Rock Bet on Nov. 7, 2023 after a series of federal and state court victories.

Florida had taken 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.

Sports betting was launched for a brief period until a federal judge ruled the compact went against federal gambling laws. Hard Rock Bet, which is operated and predominantly owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, had launched its mobile betting app in the state, but then suspended taking bets. Hard Rock Bet relaunched on Nov. 7 for existing customers and went live for all Florida residents on Dec. 5. The Seminole Tribe of Florida launched in-person sports betting at all six Seminole Casinos on Dec. 7, 2023.

  • Status of Legislation: Legal underway, with US Supreme Court litigation attempt from West Flagler Associates, who oppose the compact
  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes

Georgia

Two sports betting bills failed in 2024 as the legislative session ended without approval. Georgia remains one of the most attainable large states without legal sports betting and the only real possibility for 2024.

Bipartisan advocates had hoped 2022 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.

  • Status of Legislation: Bill proposed
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Possible because of support of state professional teams
  • When Legal Sports Betting Could Launch: 2025

Hawaii

Hawaii is one of only two states that bans any form of gambling (the other is Utah). Several bills were introduced in 2022 but received little support.

However, in 2024 the legislature attempted a method very similar to the tribal gaming model: legalizing one integrated casino resort on Oahu on Native Hawaiian lands. There would be no mobile gambling allowed.

  • Status of Legislation: HB2762 filed in 2024
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: Undetermined

Idaho

Idaho has no sports betting legislation pending action in the 2024 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. 

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
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $10.3 billion

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 off-track betting facilities. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2019
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $4.33 billion

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
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $2.42 billion

Kansas

Sports betting in Kansas finally joined the list of live states with sports betting on September 1, 2022.

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. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2022
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $2.12 billion

Kentucky

Kentucky sports betting is now legal after Gov. Andy Beshear signed bill HB 551 into law on March 31, 2023. Retail sportsbooks launched on Sept. 7, 2024, and online sports betting apps went live on Sept. 28. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2023
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $340.8 million

Louisiana

 Some of the top betting apps in the US launched on Jan. 28, 2022.  Up to 20 sportsbook licenses–each with two mobile skins–and a lottery-run sportsbook via mobile app and kiosk could be available in 55 parishes that authorized sports betting. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2023
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $2.9 billion

Maine

Maine sports betting is legal and went live when mobile sportsbook apps launched on Nov. 3, 2023. Gov. Janet Mills signed off on LD 585 in May 2022, activating the sports betting law in August 2022. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: No
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2023
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $81.8 million

Maine

Maine sports betting is legal and went live when mobile sportsbook apps launched on Nov. 3, 2023. Gov. Janet Mills signed off on LD 585 in May 2022, activating the sports betting law in August 2022. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: No
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2023
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $81.8 million

Maryland

Maryland put 100 or so sports betting licenses up for grabs under a state law signed by Governor Larry Hogan in May. Sports betting was legalized right before Thanksgiving 2022.

Here is how the 100+ licenses were allocated, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency:

  • 17 licenses were 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.

 

  • Online Sports Betting Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $4.61 billion

Massachusetts

Massachusetts sports betting is live. The path from legislation to launch took about one year.

  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: Yes
  • Online Sports Betting Apps: Yes
  • When Legal Sports Betting Launched: March 10, 2023
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $4.988 billion

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 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
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $4.81 billion

Minnesota

The Democrat-Farmer-Labor sports betting proposal from 2023 remains the basis for negotiations but compromise between tribal gambling interests and racetrack owners remains an obstacle.

Minnesota’s support for live sports betting increased in 2023 but there are more hurdles to clear. A Minnesota sports betting bill passed through the House in May 2022.

However, Minnesota’s state legislators and tribal gaming operators don’t yet agree on how to approach sports betting.

  • Status of Legislation: Pending
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2025

Mississippi

The Mississippi House of Representatives approved a bill in early 2024 that would expand mobile sports betting state-wide.

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. 

Mobile sports betting is now limited to casino properties.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Limited
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2018
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $472.2 million

Missouri

Missouri sports betting has had a rough road to legalization. Bills that would legalize sports betting in the state on excursion gaming boats and online for in-state bets have been introduced in the Missouri Senate to no avail. Missouri bettors won’t see betting apps in the state this year.

  • Status of Legislation: Impasse
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: Indefinite hold

Montana

Sports betting was launched in Montana in March 2020. Sportsbooks are open in bars and restaurants through 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: Limited to property around lottery outlets
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2020
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $62.2 million

Nebraska

Retail sportsbooks became legal in Nebraska, following the passage of LB 561. The law approved the construction of six new casinos in the state, plus physical sportsbooks at those locations. Retail betting commenced on June 22 at WarHorse Casino in Lincoln with the Grand Island Casino Resort in Grand Island next on Aug. 23.

A coalition including the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and national sports betting companies like DraftKings and FanDuel are planning to attempt to gain the 122,000 petitions needed to put mobile sports betting on the ballot.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: No
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2023
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: 

Nevada

The motherland of legal sports betting in the United States remains a popular destination gambling mecca despite the spread of legal options nationally.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 1949
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $7.41 billion

New Hampshire

Online sports betting in New Hampshire launched through 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: No
  • Year Launched: 2019
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $742.9 million

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 state has one of the largest sports betting markets 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
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $11.9 billion

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
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: No tribal obligation to report

New York

New York mobile sports betting is now the standard in the United States.

The New York mobile sports betting launch happened just in time for the 2022 Super Bowl. New York retail sports betting launched in 2019 at eight upstate New York casinos.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Date Launched: 2019
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $19.1 billion

North Carolina

North Carolina sports betting at two tribal casinos became legal in 2021. However, mobile sports betting took until June 2023 to be legalized. HB 347 was ratified one week after North Carolina’s legislature gave final approval.

State-wide mobile sports betting launched on March 11, 2024, at 12 p.m. ET.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper was a proponent of legalizing sports betting.

  • Status Of Legislation: Approved
  • Projected Tax Revenue: $100 million by 2029
  • Legal Sports Betting Launch Date: March 11, 2024

North Dakota

The state’s federally recognized tribes gained the right to offer retail sports betting in 2021, and five have opened casino sportsbooks.

 In 2023 the state Senate narrowly voted down House Resolution 3032 which would have put the issue of state-wide sports betting before voters in 2022.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: No
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Date Launched: 2021
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: No tribal obligation to report

Ohio

On January 1, 2023, Ohio sports betting was legalized and launched.

Governor Mike DeWine had made clear he wanted legislation to pass in 2021, but it took until January 2022 to cross the threshold.  The Governor signed Ohio HB 29 into law to legalize betting on professional sports, college sports, and esports. 

  • Online Sports Betting Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $6.76 billion

Oklahoma

In December of 2023, Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, filed a sports betting bill in the Senate under which the Oklahoma Lottery Commission oversee retail and mobile sportsbooks.

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  when a federal court allowed the renewal of existing tribal compacts for 15 years.

Sports betting will likely be on hold until state-tribal relations thaw.

  • Status of Legislation: Pending
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Tenuous
  • 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. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2019
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $675 million

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is one of the largest sports-betting states. 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
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $7.68 billion

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
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $413 million

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 state is limited generally to the state lottery and casino boats. The general public has shown interest, according to polling, in legalization if proceeds can be applied to problems including the state’s notoriously bad roads. But Gov. Henry McMaster is a staunch opponent in the Conservative haven.

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

South Dakota

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

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Limited to Deadwood casinos
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2021
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $7.8 million

Tennessee

Sports wagering online and by mobile app launched in 2020. 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
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $4.29 billion

Texas

Once thought to be a state that had zero chance of legalizing sports betting, Texas has become an intriguing wild card. 

Sportsbooks, pro teams, and even retired athletes have lobbied the state hard to push for the referendum, and in 2021, the legislative session came to a close without any resolution or movement.

  • Status Of Legislation: The Texas Legislature only meets in odd-numbered years.
  • Chance of Legal Sports Betting Passing: Low
  • When Could Legal Sports Betting Launch: 2026

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

Vermont launched on Jan. 11, 2024. Sports betting was approved in June 2023, making Vermont the 38th state to legalize sports wagering.

Gov. Phil Scott was a proponent of legalizing sports betting in Vermont, and FanDuel, DraftKings, and Fanatics Sportsbook were selected to operate mobile sports wagering.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: No
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2024

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. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: No
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2021
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $4.94 billion

Washington

Washington state legalized in-person sports betting at tribal casinos in 2020 and it took nearly a year to launch. Bettors are able to visit brick-and-mortar sportsbooks; however, online sports betting is prohibited in the state, even under this law. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: No
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Pending
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2021
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: No tribal obligation to report

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., has had live sports betting through the DC Lottery since 2020. Bettors today can access the DC Lottery-run GambetDC app or various commercial sportsbooks that have partnerships with professional sports teams in the District. Bettors must be within a geo-fenced proximity of that team’s venue to use those apps, however.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: No
  • Year Launched: 2020
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $154 million

West Virginia

Sports betting launched in West Virginia at retail casinos in 2018. Today, bettors can place sports wagers in-person and online at commercial casinos, racinos, and online operators. Thes state also offers online casino games and poker. 

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: Yes
  • Year Launched: 2018
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $483 million

Wisconsin

Wisconsin has legal sports betting at three casinos owned by federally recognized native tribes. State-wide sports betting is not legal.

  • 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.

  • Online Sportsbook Apps: Yes
  • Retail Sportsbooks: Yes
  • Legal Online Casinos: Yes
  • Year Launched: 2021
  • 2023 Sports Betting Handle: $172 million

 

Canada

Single-event sports betting has arrived in Canada. Ontario sports betting is now live. The move comes after legislation to end the prohibition on single-event sports wagering in Canada cleared Parliament in 2021. Royal assent (approval) of the legislation was granted on June 29, 2021, allowing legal sports betting end-to-end. Individual provinces can pass their own laws that create a regulatory framework for the operation of single-event sports betting.

States With Legal Sports Betting FAQ

What states allow online sports betting?

Legal online sports betting is available in 38 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Check out our updated table for the latest online sports betting news.

What states have the most sports betting?

Legal sports betting reached more than $114 billion in the U.S. in 2023. New York had the most wagers, with $19 billion. New Jersey ($11.9 billion), Illinois ($10.3 billion), and Pennsylvania ($7.6 billion) were the other states with the most sports betting handle.

What states plan to legalize sports betting?

There’s not that many left, but Georgia continues to try. The path remains difficult in California.

Is sports betting legal everywhere in the US?

No, sports betting is currently legal in 38 US states, with a few more to come. The two largest states still without legal sports betting are California and Texas.

When did sports betting become legal?

Regulated sports betting was passed in June 1992, when the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) banned sports betting in all but a handful of states, including Nevada. On May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court repealed PASPA, and states quickly assembled to pass legislation to allow legal sports betting.

How many states have legalized sports betting?

38 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have some form of legalized sports betting. A small group of states only have in-person betting, including Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin.

What states allow DraftKings?

DraftKings is live and legal in more than two dozen US states, including Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Mississippi and Washington only allow retail betting with DraftKings.

What states is FanDuel legal in?

FanDuel is live and legal in more than two dozen states, including Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Is sports betting legal in Texas?

Sports betting in Texas is not legal yet, but the state has been progressing toward passing legislation. Lawmakers missed the deadline to legalize sports betting in 2023 but there is optimism the topic will be a priority in 2025.

About the Author
Brant James

Brant James

Senior Writer
Brant James is a senior writer who covers the sports betting industry and legislation at Gaming Today. An alum of the Tampa Bay Times, ESPN.com, espnW, SI.com, and USA Today, he's covered motorsports and the NHL as beats. He also once made a tail-hook landing on an aircraft carrier with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and rode to the top of Mt. Washington with Travis Pastrana. John Tortorella has yelled at him numerous times.

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