The Supreme Court may have ruled that it is no longer against federal law to place US sports bets, but it is still down to each state to pass legislation to allow it in state boundaries. The World Sports Betting interactive map below highlights where you can gamble online in the US.
New Jersey may have been pipped at the post by Delaware in its legalisation of sports betting in the state, but The Garden State made the scores equal when Draft Kings became the first operator to launch the first ever online sports betting app in New Jersey in August 2018.
Pennsylvania must have sensed the waters shifting when it legalized sports betting in the fall of 2017, a full six months before the Supreme Court overturned PASPA. Hollywood Casino worked with William Hill to become the first venue to offer sports betting, and online sports betting followed in April 2019.
In February 2019 Rhode Island extended its sports betting laws to incorporate online and mobile betting. The Ocean State had become the eighth US state to legalize sports betting in November 2018.
Online sports betting has been legal in Nevada, the home of Las Vegas, since 2011 and was long the home of US online sports betting. Thanks to the legalization of online sports wagers in many other states, Nevada pilgrimages to bet on major sports events like the World Series or Superbowl may now become a thing of the past.
Iowa legalized retail and online sports betting in August 2019, and the first sports bets were placed at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, which partnered with William Hill to operate its sports betting enterprise. The state has issued licenses for six mobile gambline operators to run sports and casino betting in the state.
Oregon came online with mobile sports betting in October 2019, with all operations run by the Oregon Lottery Scoreboard app. This is the only online and mobile betting app legal in the state, with the state harboring no plans to open up the field to other operators.
In May 2019 Indiana joined the list of states to legalize online sports betting as well as retail sports betting. The operators with whom you can place online sports bets in the state of Indiana include Unibet and DraftKings.
In November 2019 Colorado put Droposition DD to the vote, where it won through to legalise online and retail sports betting in the Centennial State. By May 2020 the state had issued a total of 31 sports betting licenses to enterprises that have either retail or online sports betting licences.
In December 2019 Michigan followed the trend for online sports betting legalization, with Governor Gretchen Whitmer signing MI HB 4916. The process took a full nine months, with retail sportsbooks finally able to open to fans in Michigan in September 2020 and online sportsbooks ready to open for business the month after.
Sports betting fans in the Cavalier State were granted their wishes in April 2020 thanks to the State of Virginia legalizing retail and online sportsbooks. Retail sportsbooks have to be established in licensed premises such as the state’s first casinos, while up to 12 online and mobile licenses are available for tender.
The Nation’s Capital took its time to legalize online sports gambling, but finally announced the launch of Gamebet D.C. in May 2020. The platform is powered by the D.C. State Lottery, and is the only online sportsbook available in the state. In August 2020 William Hill opened the state’s first retail sportsbook in the Capital One Arena.
The state of Illinois has a law by which online sportsbook applications can only be made in person, though it paused this rule for a month in June 2020. BetRivers took full advantage of that rule and was the only online sportsbook ready to make an application to run online sports wagers in the state.