To date, there are twenty states in America (including Washington D.C.) that have legalized sports betting. Some of these states allow sports betting online and some only allow betting in-person. Additionally, there are a half-dozen more states earnestly working on legislation to legalize sports betting, with even more in consideration of the idea. But there are about a dozen states where sports betting will likely not be a reality in the near future (or afterwards) because of local tribal restrictions or deeply-held cultural beliefs. 

 

Below you will find a list of each state in alphabetical order and its status as it pertains to sports betting, whether it’s legal online**, only in-person*, legal but pending+, not legal though in consideration, or unlikely to be adopted.

Arkansas


Is sports betting legal in Arkansas? 


Yes, it is legal in-person. The state legalized sports betting in 2019 in one single location and it has grown to several more since. Though online sports betting is not expected to come soon. 


Colorado


Is sports betting legal in Colorado?


Yes, it is legal in Colorado, online and in-person. Colorado’s is one of the most vibrant markets in the United States. Online wagering became legal in 2020 and has grown markedly since. 


Delaware


Is sports betting legal in Delaware?


Yes, it is legal in-person. The state legalized sports betting in 2018. The state was second only to Nevada (and just ahead of New Jersey) to legalize a single-game sports bet. Online betting is prohibited, though, and there are only three locations within the state to bet in-person. 


District of Columbia


Is sports betting legal in Washington D.C.?


Yes, it is legal, online and in-person. But there are hurdles. The city only has one online operator, GamBet, which has received criticism over its offerings. The app is also “geofenced” out of any federal properties. There are temporary in-person sports books in a few local spots, like Capitol One Arena, but so far they have not generated much interest. 


Illinois


Is sports betting legal in Illinois?


Yes, it is legal, online and in-person, as of 2020. One caveat in Illinois, though, is that online bettors must register at an in-person sports book before taking advantage of online options (though this has been waived on a month-by-month basis due to COVID-19). 


Indiana


Is sports betting legal in Indiana?


Yes, it is legal, online and in-person. Indiana began to allow sports betting as of 2019 and has been a robust market almost immediately. 


Iowa


Is sports betting legal in Iowa?


Yes, it is legal, online and in-person. Iowa went live in 2019 and has grown steadily since. In 2021, the state’s in-person registration requirement will lift, which should increase the number of bettors. 


Louisiana


Is sports betting legal in Louisiana?


The state legalized sports betting in 2020 but it is as yet still unclear what the actualized process might look like when it’s launched officially in 2021 or 2022. Likely it will be offered in casinos but it is unclear whether online betting will be offered, too. Therefore, it’s still pending further action and clarification. 


Maryland


Is sports betting legal in Maryland?


Yes, in 2020, voters legalized sports gambling. At this time, however, there is still much to set in place before it is put into practice. But there is widespread support for the efforts. While pending, legalized gaming could become a reality in 2021.  


Michigan


Is sports betting legal in Michigan?


Yes, the state initiated in-person sports betting in 2020 at the MGM Grand Detroit and, officials say, will begin online sports betting by the end of the year and into 2021. 


Mississippi


Is sports betting legal in Mississippi?


Yes, the state legalized in-person sports betting early, in 2018. There is technically online sports betting but it can only be done on-site in a casino. So, it’s not much help outside of one. It isn’t anticipated that the state will expand its offerings soon. 


Montana


Is sports betting legal in Montana?


Yes, the state allowed in-person sports gambling in 2020. Like Mississippi, online sports betting is technically legal. But it can only be done in licensed gaming properties, so it’s not nearly as expansive as other states. 


Nevada


Is sports betting legal in Nevada?


As you might expect, yes. The state allows both in-person and online sports wagering. But, as you might not expect, there is a caveat to that. Bettors are required to register inside a casino before they can place bets online. During COVID, this has hurt the number of bets made in the state. 


New Hampshire


Is sports betting legal in New Hampshire?


Yes, in-person and online, though in a limited capacity. Online betting began at the end of 2019, though there is conversation about the state expanding offerings in-person and potentially online into the future.


New Jersey


Is sports betting legal in New Jersey?


Yes, in-person and online. The state that brought Atlantic City to the world has raised the bar when it comes to online sports betting. New Jersey, of course, first brought the issue to the Supreme Court and now it’s leading the way again, bringing in billions of dollars per year in wagers. 


New Mexico


Is sports betting legal in New Mexico?


Yes, but only in-person and only at Native American tribal casinos, which have, despite no new bills or laws passed in the state, interpreted that sports betting is legal at their casinos. 


New York 


Is sports betting legal in New York?


Yes, but only in-person. Those looking to gamble in New York State can do so in its few upstate tribal casinos. As of yet, however, there is no online betting. But that might change. State officials have indicated there may be room to reevaluate their stance prohibiting online betting in order to makeup losses from COVID. While there is no official word yet, there’s hope!


North Carolina


Is sports betting legal in North Carolina?


The state legalized sports gambling in 2019 for a couple of tribal casinos but rules and final practices have not been standardized. While the status is still pending, there is hope and talk for expansion to online gambling in 2021 or shortly thereafter. 


Oregon


Is sports betting legal in Oregon?


Yes, as of 2019, in-person and online. But betting in Oregon is limited to one app operated by the state’s lottery, which does not allow betting on college sports, and a few tribal casinos. The market is small, though there is room to grow in the future, potentially. 


Pennsylvania


Is sports betting legal in Pennsylvania?


Yes, both online and in-person. Pennsylvania is the third-largest market in the U.S. only behind Nevada and New Jersey. The state legalized in-person sports betting in 2018 and betting online the year after. 


Rhode Island


Is sports betting legal in Rhode Island?


Yes, online and in-person. There had been a prerequisite to register in a physical casino before bettors were able to make online wagers but that requirement has since been repealed. 


South Dakota


Is sports betting legal in South Dakota?


The state legalized sports betting in 2020. Much is still pending, however, officials believe in-person betting will begin in 2021. Online betting might follow, depending on some legal finagling. 


Tennessee


Is sports betting legal in Tennessee?


Yes, online. The state has no casinos, which makes it the only one to offer online-only betting. The market is limited, but potentially growing. 


Virginia


Is sports betting legal in Virginia?


The state legalized sports betting in 2020 but a bet has yet to be placed. While still pending, state officials believe online betting could begin in early 2021. 


Washington


Is sports betting legal in Washington?


The state legalized sports betting in 2020, though the state continues its negotiations with tribal representatives to determine the extent of online betting options in and outside of tribal locations. Therefore, it is still pending.


West Virginia


Is sports betting legal in West Virginia?

Yes, online and in-person. The state legalized online sports betting in 2019 and there are several options to choose from. While the market is realtively small, there is room for growth.