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Where is Sports Betting Legal in The US?

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When sports betting became legalized in the United States, many states did not immediately join the bandwagon. But as online US sportsbooks started thriving, the states that lagged began gaining traction.

The ruling of the US Supreme Court in 2018 saw the lifting of the federal ban on sports betting. Since then, up to 30 states, including Washington DC, have offered – and keep offering – sports betting services.

Florida briefly legalized sports betting in 2021 via a gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe in a deal slated to generate up to $2.5 billion in tax income. But a federal judge knocked over this juicy deal by ruling that this plan violated the federal Indian gambling law and the state’s constitution. As a result, Florida’s mobile sports betting market is now in limbo as the tribe appeals the ruling.

If you are wondering whether or not sports betting is legal in your state of residency, you are welcome to the right page.

Here are the states in which sports betting is legal in the United States of America:

  • Nevada
  • Delaware
  • Tennessee
  • Colorado
  • Pennsylvania
  • Illinois
  • North Carolina
  • Rhode Island
  • Iowa
  • West Virginia
  • Montana
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • Arkansas
  • Indiana

Oregon and New Mexico offer limited sports betting, but only through the state’s lottery.

States that offer legal sports betting online

These states currently offer sports betting via mobile and online platforms provided by legal online US sportsbooks. This means you can take advantage of mobile wagers if you reside in any of them:

  • New Hampshire
  • West Virginia
  • Delaware
  • Colorado
  • Oregon
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Illinois
  • Nevada
  • Indiana
  • Iowa

New York had already approved in-person sports betting in 2013. However, there was a lull between the Supreme Court 2018 ruling and the passing of the law.

But sports betting is now legal in New York. Bettors can bet online, irrespective of their location within the state, and in-person at New York casinos. It was launched in January 2022, and nine sportsbook applications are currently available in New York.

Arizona’s online sports betting bill was passed in April 2021, which permitted mobile versions of sports betting and in-stadium sportsbooks. The launches of both means of sports betting coincided with the start of the National Football League (NFA) season on September 9.

Conclusion

These are the states in which every sports betting activity is legal, both online and in-person or retail locations. The states also enjoy the extra tax revenue that legal gambling generates annually.

If you reside in any of them, you can put a little action on your favorite sports team via sports betting.

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Christopher Stern
Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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