Is Online Gambling Legal in the U.S.?

Legal Sports Betting in the U.S.

Is online gambling legal in the U.S.? For sure–and it’s just getting going! There are currently 17 states that allow sports betting in-person at casino and/or retail venues, and 13 states that allow online sports betting. And most of the rest of the states are expected to join the party soon. This comes courtesy of the New Jersey’s Supreme Court verdict in 2018 that said any state can now legalize sports betting that wants to.

To help you keep up with the ever-changing landscape of legal online sports betting in the U.S., we offer this sports wagering legalization map and a state break-down by status below:

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1. Nevada

As we know, Nevada has been the only state to permit legal sports betting until recently. We suspect that Nevada sportsbetting, as a ground zero for the industry, could become guiding light and first-to-market in further online sportsbetting innovations.

Online sports betting permitted?: Yes

2. Delaware

Passed: June 5, 2018

Gov. John Carney authorized a full-scale sports gaming operation and the state offers single-game betting on a number of different sports at three casinos. Further sports wagering options are on the way in additional land locations and online.

Online sports betting permitted?: Almost. (It has been legalized, but not active yet)

3. New Jersey

Passed: June 11, 2018

New Jersey has become something of a runner-up Mecca to Nevada when it comes to sports betting. The William Hill sportsbook at Monmouth Park was the first to take sports bets at land-based venue, followed minutes later by the Borgota in Atlantic City, and many more soon after. Notably, Fan Duel also opened a sportsbook in the Meadowlands.

As far as online gambling, you can place online sportsbets at any of these venues as soon as you cross the border into New Jersey. Online wagering went live in New Jersey in August of 2018 when Draftkings and FandDuel opened online sportsbooks, the first to do so outside of Nevada.

There are currently 13 sports betting apps available for anyone to place bets on as long as they are within the borders of New Jersey.

Online sports betting permitted?: Yes

4. Mississippi

Passed: Aug. 1, 2018

Mississippi allows sportsbetting with the stipulation that bets take place in person. Mobile betting will likely come within a year. There are two MGM Resorts casinos for placing those in-person bets as of now.

Online sports betting permitted?: Yes

5. West Virginia

Passed: Aug. 30, 2018

Both in-person and online sports wagering are permitted in West Virginia. The state became the 5th state to legalize sports bets via the Hollywood Casino.

Online sports betting permitted?: Yes

6. New Mexico

Passed: Oct. 16, 2018

Through a unique pact between the a Native American-owned Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel, the road was paved for the legalization of any sports betting except for wagers on anything related to the University of New Mexico or New Mexico State University.

Online sports betting permitted?: No

7. Pennsylvania

Passed: May  1, 2018

As with West Virgina, Pennsylvania kicked off it’s first legal sports bets via the The Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course (near Hershey Park). Several other sportsbooks have since opened.

Online sports betting permitted?: Yes

8. Rhode Island

Passed: Nov. 26, 2018

Only sportsbetting is allowed in the state of Rhode Island (no other forms of casino gambling are permitted). There are two locations where customers can place bets in person, including the Twin River Casino in Lincoln and the Twin River Tiverton Casino. In 2019, Rhode Island allowed online sports bets as well. 

Online sports betting permitted?: Yes

9. Arkansas

Passed: July 1, 2019

The Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort took the first legal sports bets in Arkansas followed by several other smaller retail locations. Sports wagering is regulated by the Arkansas Racing Commission and online sports betting is not permitted.

Online sports betting permitted?: No

10. New York

Passed: July 16, 2019

While you can finally place sportsbets at land-based venues in the state of New York (such as the Rivers Casino in Schenectady) and other locations upstate, online wagering is still not permitted. What’s more, the state has had a long and very public battle with daily fantasy sports companies Draftkings and FanDuel. After first being blocked, there is a drawn-out appeal in place and residents can currently enter into fantasy sports contests on these online sites in the meantime.  The state still does not permit mobile wagering, but residents of New York City can take a  trip over a bridge or tunnel into New Jersey to place their bets (and get some some cheap gas) before coming back home. Of course, they will need to win an extra $30 or so to cover the tolls!

Online sports betting permitted?: No

11. Iowa

Passed: Aug. 15, 2020

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds a bill legalizing sports in both land-based venues and online mobile apps. Bets on college sports is permitted with the exception of various prop bets.

Online sports betting permitted?: Yes

12. Oregon

Passed: Aug. 27, 2020

Legal sports betting returned to Oregon with the first bets booked at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City. In October of 2020, Oregon allowed online sports betting as well.

Online sports betting permitted?: Yes

13. Indiana

Passed: Sept. 1, 2020

Residents of Indiana can bet on sports at locations all over the state, including waters on both pro and college sports. Online sports betting is also permitted. The only exceptions are on high school and e-sports which remain illegal.

Online sports betting permitted?: Yes

14. New Hampshire

Passed: Dec. 30, 2020

When Governor Chris Sununo placed the first legal sports bet on the New England Patriots in December, sports betting was underway in the state at both land-based venues and online, although betting on in-state colleges is not allowed.

Online sports betting permitted?: Yes

15. Illinois

Passed: March 9, 2020

Illinois passed a sports wagering bill allowing for both online and land-based sports betting with the exception bets on of any state collegiate teams or minor league sports.

Online sports betting permitted?: Yes

16. Michigan

Passed:  March 11, 2020

Michigan has legalized sports bets in-person at casinos and customers can bet on all sports including collegiate teams. Online sports betting has been approved and will be available in 2021.

Online sports betting permitted?: Yes

17. Montana

Passed: March 1, 2020

Legal sports betting is available in Monday as of March, although mobile wagering is not yet available.

Online sports betting permitted?: No

Almost there!

These states (and districts) have passed legislation allowing land-based sports betting and are preparing to roll it out. The state of Tennessee allows online sports betting already.


Coming in the fall 2021, Online and in person sportsbetting will be legal in Connecticut. A sportsbook, or physical presence where people can go to place bets, will be available in the casinos. For online gambling, the casinos and the Connecticut Lottery will have apps for gamblers to download and place bets. The apps also will make available casino and table games for gambling.

Washington, D.C.

Online sports betting permitted?: No


Online sports betting permitted?: Yes

North Carolina

Online sports betting permitted?: No


Online sports betting permitted?: No

22. Washington

Online sports betting permitted?: No

States with sports betting bills introduced or expected to be:

















North Dakota



South Dakota

South Carolina





Nothing Doing…

Idaho and Wisconsin currently have no traction on any bills regarding the legalization of sports betting in any capacity.

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