We thought it would be a great time to take a look at what is going on with the states that currently have sports betting, or are pretty darn close to getting it done. It’s a great time for the sports betting industry, as more and more states are making it happen. Let’s first start with the states that are legal, and then move to those that are trying to get the job done:
Where You Can Legally Bet on Sports
- Nevada – Duh. This has been going on for decades. They are still doing fine.
- Delaware – Since June of 2018 – pretty much full scale sports betting has been going on.
- New Jersey – Another one that will be two years old in June. FanDuel became the first sportsbook at the Meadowlands.
- Mississippi – August of 2018 – MGM Resorts took their first legal sports bets.
- West Virginia – August of 2018 – West Virginia was the fifth state in the country. Penn National was the first there.
- New Mexico – October of 2018 – Things are still a little tricky in New Mexico – but sports betting is going on.
- Pennsylvania – the first legal bet came in November of 2018.
- Rhode Island – November of 2018 – Twin River Casino in Lincoln Rhode Island took their first sports bets. Only two locations would be allowed to offer sports betting.
- Arkansas – we are nearly the one year anniversary of Arkansas. Oakland Racing Casino Resort was the first here. Arkansas still does not allow online betting.
- New York – July 16, 2019 – the first legal sports bet was placed. There is still a bunch to work on here, including mobile betting.
- Iowa – August 15th, 2019 – Governor Kim Reynolds made the first legal bet and signed a law to legalize sports betting.
- Oregon – August 27th, 2019 – Chinook Winds Casino Resorts hit the ground running with sports betting. In October – mobile betting was started.
- Indiana – September 1st, 2019 – first bets were made. Indiana now has a law that allows mobile and in person wagering.
- New Hampshire – December 30, 2019 – just before the start of the New Year. Unfortunately for the Governor – his Patriots to win the Super Bowl took the L.
- Illinois – March 9th, 2020 – and then the world shut down 4 days later. Expected to be a monster once sports comes back.
- Michigan – March 11, 2020 – Another state that got smacked in the face by the Corona Virus.
- Montana – March of 2020 – While the world was worried about staying home – the Governor signed the bill.
Who is Next to Offer Legal Sports Betting
18. Colorado — Back in November – voters approved a measure that would provide for the regulation of sports betting through casinos. This is expected to start up in May of 2020.
19. Washington, D.C. — While there is not a date – since May of 2019 there has been a bill that legalizes sports betting in the capital. This is one to keep an eye on.
20. Tennessee – Bettors 21 years or older are expected to be able to place bets in Tennessee see. The bill was started on July 1st 2019 – but we still have not seen it happen to this point.
21. North Carolina
On July 26, 2019, Governor Roy Cooper signed into a law a bill to “allow sports and horse race wagering on tribal lands”. While you cannot bet on College Sports in North Carolina, professional sports should happen soon.
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22. Washington – Governor Jay Inslee signed Washington’s sports betting bill into law on March 25, 2020. The new law permits sports wagering at Class III tribal casinos in the state.
There ya have it. When sports comes back – check these states out and get your bets in!