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Which States Have Legalized Sports Betting?

Which States Have Legalized Sports Betting?

Which States Have Legalized Sports Betting?

More and more states are getting in on the sports betting business. 

After New Jersey's Supreme Court win in 2018, states such as West Virginia, Delaware, Mississippi and Pennsylvania have followed suit. And now with New York and Arkansas recently passing bills, it makes one wonder which other states will open their arms to sports bettors anxious to wager on the NFL, college football, MLB, NBA and more.

Here's a look at which states already have legalized sports betting, which states are close and which ones are far behind.

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States with legalized sports betting

  • New Jersey - The first state to start things off changed everything in the sports betting game. 
  • Pennsylvania - Many sportsbooks have obtained a license to operate in the state since the first legal bets were placed.
  • Mississippi - Although many don't see a southern state as a major player in the sports betting game, Mississippi made sure to get in early.
  • Nevada - Always the first state you think of when it comes to placing bets. Look for events to become even bigger, especially around Las Vegas.
  • Delaware - During the first month of football, Delaware reportedly saw $17 million in revenue. 
  • West Virginia - When Hollywood Casino opened its doors, West Virginia became the fifth state to offer legal sports betting.
  • New Mexico - Although the state does allow gambling, there are multiple reports suggesting they will not include New Mexico State University or the University of New Mexico.
  • Rhode Island - Only two locations would be legally allowed to offer sports betting but that doesn't stop loads of fans from getting in on the fun.

States where a sports betting bill passed

  • Arkansas - In November of 2018, there was a bill passed for sports betting but there are still a few hurdles to clear before it's legal. 
  • New York - The New York State Gaming Commission is hoping to complete regulations shortly so there could be a whole new world opening up in the big city.

States where a sports betting bill has been introduced

  • Kentucky - The state introduced a bill that would allow people to bet on pro and college sports, but prohibits high school. 
  • Illinois - Gov. J.B. Pritzker has backed the idea of the midwest state joining the fight to legalize sports betting. They've got a ways to go, but many believe it will be a generous source of tax revenue.
  • Connecticut - A state without any professional sports teams is in the beginning stages to make sports betting legal but there are things this New England state will want in return.  
  • Indiana - Many with knowledge say that it's smooth sailing for Indiana's bill, which was recently approved on a 38-11 vote, to move across to the House with very little resistance.
  • Massachusetts - Although sports gambling didn't come to fruition in 2018, there's a lingering feeling that it could happen sometime in 2019.
  • Michigan - Since Michigan was looking to legalize sports betting well before NJ did it, it's only right they are actively looking to make it happen now.
  • Missouri - Legislators are looking to consider the bill but this is setting up to be an important year for the state.
  • Maryland - With a recent setback, it looks like Maryland won't be betting on sports until 2021 at the earliest. 
  • Minnesota - The proposed bill only permits retail sportsbooks and on-site mobile wagering, and that does include D-1 college sports. 
  • Kansas - Lawmakers want to make sports betting legal for one main reason, so the state can benefit from it. Makes sense.
  • Oklahoma - The timeline for the Sooner State to legally bet on sports has been anywhere from summer of 2019 to 2020. Either way, it looks like it will happen.
  • Louisiana - There is a list of issues to iron out before betting is legal in Louisiana and there's speculation they could more than a year away from hashing things out.
  • Iowa- After recently moving past the House State Government Committee, things are looking up for gambling in Iowa.
  • SouthCarolina - The door is open but many publications are saying it's a long shot for the state to actually go through with passing the bill. 
  • California - It's looking like five years out before this large economy is involved in the betting game. 
  • Oregon - Recently the Oregon Lottery spokesman, Matthew Shelby, has said they are working to have legalized betting by the upcoming football season.
  • Ohio - The state seems to be taking its time but there's talk that you could be able to place bets fairly soon.
  • Montana - If sports betting went through in Montana it would make the state lottery the regulator and sole operator as of now.
  • Washington D.C. - Residents of the district got good news when the bill was passed but there are a few caveats coming along with it. As usual, things are more complicated in D.C. than the rest of the nation.
  • Tennessee - It's no secret that Republican Gov. Bill Lee is opposed to the legalization of sports betting so he's in a tug-of-war of sorts with those that believe it would be a good thing for the state.
  • Virginia - Although the bill in this state is on the move, it's common knowledge that it's still an underdog when it comes to getting it passed.
  • New Hampshire - The state is ready to take the gamble and help revenue but things still seem to be up in the air.
  • North Dakota - The Senate just killed the bill with no debate so it will be a long while before you see activity in this state. 
  • South Dakota - If, and that could be a big if, betting does become legal, Deadwood casinos would be the only place to place your bets.   
  • Maine - If the bill becomes law in this state, it would be the second New England state to allow sports betting and would allow wagering on all sports, including college. 
  • Arizona - The bill has already passed a key Senate vote but only time will tell if it gets through the rest of the obstacles.
  • Hawaii - The bill in this state would also serve to create the Hawaii Sports Wagering Corporation in order to oversee all gambling.  
  • Texas - Texans love their sports but there are hurdles that make many say don't hold your breath for legal gambling to come to the state soon.
  • Washington - Hearings are currently being held to pass a bill for a state that has long banned any kind of sports wagering. 

States with no legalized sports betting activity

  • Alabama - With its love of sports and close proximity to many teams, don't count out this traditional state just yet.  
  • Alaska - There's a passion for sports in Alaska but as of right now, and in the foreseeable future, you can only place your bets online.
  • Colorado - Movement for Colorado is slow but many in the state appear to be on board for legal sports betting at some point in the future.
  • Georgia - The southern and very traditional state of Georgia hasn't announced any immediate plans for sports wagering.
  • Florida - It's unlikely Florida will see any legal sports betting action as things stand right now.
  • Idaho - Idaho would have to amend its constitution and go through a list of things that they don't seem eager to do. 
  • North Carolina - Although the bill was introduced in South Carolina, it's a long shot and most likely an even longer shot for North Carolina.
  • Nebraska - If Gov. Pete Ricketts has his say, don't bet on Nebraska having legal sports betting at any point.
  • Wisconsin - The odds of sports betting coming to Wisconsin aren't in the public's favor but there are subtle hints that it could possibly change someday.
  • Vermont - Lawmakers in the state don't currently see the value in allowing sports wagering so it'll take some convincing to introduce a bill. 
  • Wyoming - Wyoming officials have said legalized sports betting is not in their immediate plans, but if it does happen they want to be sure the games are fair and regulated. 

States that are unlikely to approve sports betting

  • Utah - The state's constitution has a strong anti-gambling stance and is unlikely to change.