It’s been one year since the Supreme Court ruling last May that lifted the federal ban on sports betting. We have seen a lot of action in that first year. Currently, there are 14 states with some form of legalized sports betting, 15 if you count Washington D.C. As more and more states are seeing how sports betting is playing out across the country, we can expect to see more throwing their hat in the ring.
States With Legal Sports Betting
Nevada: Nevada has been in the game since the 1940s. Mobile sports betting started in 2010. Even with other states joining the sports betting party, Nevada is still king.
New Jersey: Sports betting began on June 11, 2018. Mobile followed one month later. New Jersey has shown that mobile betting is key to bringing in the most revenue possible for the states. Eighty percent of New Jersey’s sports betting handle comes from online and mobile platforms.
Pennsylvania: Sports betting was legal both in-person and online back in October of 2017. It didn’t take effect until the Supreme Court ruling. The first bets were placed in the state in November of 2018. Pennsylvania is still waiting for mobile sports betting apps to launch. They are expected to launch in the coming weeks, but Pennsylvania has made that promise on a number of occasions. A fully mature Pennsylvania sports market could possibly rival Nevada.
West Virginia: West Virginia also had legalized sports betting prior to the Supreme Court ruling last May. The first bets in the state weren’t placed until August, however. Mobile betting was operating in the Mountaineer State, but due to issues with technology providers, it has since been on hiatus. West Virginia has been without mobile betting since December 2018, and it is unknown when it will resume.
Delaware: Delaware took the first legal sports bet outside of Nevada on June 5, 2018. A state as small as Delaware will not be able to compete with the bigger markets of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Not having mobile betting doesn’t help either.
Rhode Island: Rhode Island legalized sports betting in June of 2018. The first bet was placed in the state a few months later in November. Rhode Island is expected to launch its mobile sports betting sometime later this year, likely around September or October.
Mississippi: Mississippi made decriminalized sports betting back in 2017. After the Supreme Court ruling, it effectively made sports betting legal in the state. Online wagering became legal at the same time. However, mobile betting is only allowed on casino property in Mississippi.
New Mexico: Under a gaming compact between the state and the tribes, tribal casinos are given the right to allow sports betting, at least for now. As for mobile betting, that may be a while.
Legal But Still Waiting To Launch
Tennessee: Although sports betting is not technically legal in Tennessee yet, the governor is going to allow a sports betting bill become a law without his signature in about a week.
Legal sports betting is still a young industry outside of Nevada. More states are going to joining the party each year. As mobile sports betting begins to pop in more states, the market is going to shoot through the roof. After 2019 we will have a good idea of what states are going to have legal sports betting and which states still feel that they can do without it.