Sports Betting Legalization Tracker
Since the repeal of PASPA in May of 2018, legal online sports betting has rapidly expanded throughout the United States. Currently sports betting is legal in 19 states, in one form or another, and many states have legislation passed or in progress.
Where Sports Betting is Legal Now
We’ve compiled a comprehensive look at the status of sports betting in all 50 states (plus Washington D.C.).
|District Of Columbia||Yes||Online|
|Mississippi||Yes||Online (in person only)|
|New Mexico||Yes||In Person|
|North Carolina||Yes||In Person|
|North Dakota||Yes||In Person|
|South Dakota||Yes||In Person|
Sports Betting Legalization Tracker
How Many States Have Legal Online Sports Betting?
Currently sports betting is legal in 19 states with many more having legislation passed or currently being debated. See the list of all legal betting states below:
Arizona legalized mobile sports betting in September 2021, which was just in time for the 2021 NFL season to begin. Arizonans were able to enjoy pretty much an entire NFL season to be able to bet on games.
Arizona has a decent offering, with 10 total sportsbooks available.
Canadians rejoice! As of April 4, 2022, single-game sports betting became legal in Canada.
This resulted in many popular commercial sportsbooks becoming available for operation around the country. Ontario was the first province to offer these larger sportsbooks to launch, with Alberta and Saskatchewan now beginning to carry out steps to be the next provinces to join in. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the country follows suit.
Colorado might be the mecca of sports betting. New Jersey was the first state to legalize it, but Colorado has been the most active state in adding new sportsbooks with over 25 sportsbooks available to bettors!
Mobile sports betting became legal in Colorado in May 2020, and now there are already two dozen sportsbooks apps. Colorado itself has about 3 dozen casinos that are eligible to open sports betting to the public, so the sports betting scene in Colorado is growing as we speak! It feels like a monthly occurrence in which they are adding sportsbooks to the market.
Connecticut legalized mobile sports betting in October 2021. It officially launched on October 19th, in time for week 7 of the NFL season. Connecticut only offers 3 sportsbooks but they are some of the most popular, in DraftKings, FanDuel, and Sugarhouse.
Since Illinois legalized sports betting in June 2020, sports bettors had to register in person at a casino to then place mobile sports wagers. Thankfully, as of March 5, 2022 that restriction has been lifted. Anyone physically located in Illinois will now be able to register for sports betting online.
With only 7 online sports book options, Illinois certainly lags behind other leading states. However, we would anticipate more sports books to come online now that the in person registration restriction has expired.
Sports betting has been legal in Indiana since May 2019, with online wagering following shortly after; beginning October 2019. Betting in Indiana is super simple. Unlike other states, everything, including registration and deposits, can be done online!
Indiana has a respectable 12 online casino offerings. The state’s legislature has made sports betting easy for its operators as well as consumers. They don’t have any crazy betting restrictions and offer very competitive taxes and fees for casinos operating in the Hoosier State.
Fully online mobile sports betting became legal in Iowa starting January 1st 2021. Technically, sports betting became legal in Iowa in 2019, but prior to 1/1/2021 users had to sign up in person at a casino and were not able to do so online. No longer! Iowans can sign up, deposit, and place a bet all online within Iowa state lines.
Louisiana is one of the newest states to allow mobile sports betting. It just became legal on January 28th at 8AM. It was a very exciting Friday for Louisiana residents, who have fully taken advantage of having legal sports betting.
Michigan legalized mobile sports betting in January 2021, which was just in time for the 2021 NFL playoffs. Michigan folk were able to bet on Tom Brady all the way through his 7th, and possibly last Super Bowl.
Where to begin with sports betting in Nevada? Nevada’s sports betting history starts in the 1940’s, when it first became regulated by the state. Since then, they have enjoyed a monopoly on legal sports betting in the US; thanks to federal legislature banning expansion of sports betting to further states.
However, that federal ban was struck down in 2018 by the US Supreme Court. While Nevada no longer has their monopoly, the state continues to be a leader in consumer options and innovation.
Nevada began to accept mobile sports betting in 2010, when the first sports book app was launched in the state. So far, there are a whopping 25 sportsbooks accepting mobile wagers.
Sports betting is legal in New Hampshire, but only one sportsbook is currently legal and operating in New Hampshire. That sportsbook is DraftKings Sportsbook.
Sports betting in New Jersey officially launched in 2018. This was after a long hard fight with lawmakers and the Professional Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) for upwards of a decade.
They finally won the fight in May, 2018 when it was ruled unconstitutional. This allowed states to legalize sports betting, and New Jersey didn’t wait long to facilitate legal sports betting in the Garden State.
When you think of New York, you probably don’t think of casinos and sportsbooks. That has certainly been reflected in the legislature of New York sports betting; which lags in comparison to other northeastern states, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. New York legalized retail (i.e. in-person) sports betting in June 2019.
The state was originally positioned against the possibility of legalizing mobile sports betting. However, with the Covid Pandemic and potential state-wide budget cuts, the state turned to mobile betting as an option to increase revenue. It took more than 2 and half years, but starting in January 2022, New Yorkers can now finally place legal bets online in the state. So far, only 7 books have mobile sports betting. But we would expect more to come in the near future.
Pennsylvania, with its proximity to New Jersey (the 1st state to legalize), quickly followed suit by legalizing sports betting in November 2018. By almost every measure, including handle and ease of use, PA has positioned itself as a leader among legal sports betting states.
Online and Mobile sports betting was legal from the inception of the sports betting bill from Nov 2019. It took a few months for a legal sports book app to launch, but in May 2019 regional casinos SugarHouse (now BetRivers) and Parx, launched online. Then, in July 2019, the mobile scene exploded when national player FanDuel launched their mobile sportsbook in the Commonwealth. Since then, a total of 13 books have received licenses to offer legal sports betting both in person and online.
Sports betting in Tennessee is only offered online or through mobile apps. Tennessee has no brick and mortar casinos, so no in person betting, of any kind, is allowed in the state.
Sports betting became legal in Tennessee in November 2020. Since then, only 7 books have launched in the state. With no physical casinos to partner with and only 3 professional sports teams representing the state, Tennessee is not a particularly attractive market for sports book operators. But, as mobile betting becomes more prevalent, and new sites enter the market, we could see more books opening up in the state.
Virginia legalized mobile sports betting in January 2021, which was just in time for the 2021 NFL playoffs. Virginians were able to bet on Tom Brady all the way through his 7th, and possibly last Super Bowl.
West Virginia wasted very little time in legalizing sports betting after the supreme court lifted the federal ban. The Mountaineer State has been accepting retail and online sports bets since August 2018.
Despite being early to the game, there aren’t a ton of sports book options in West Virginia. Currently, 8 books operate online and mobile wagering. Especially considering the state population, 8 books should be plenty to ensure books are offering competitive odds to bettors.
Wyoming was a surprise addition to the legal sports betting lineup, completing their legalization in September 2021. Being the least populous state in the US, it’s not surprising that only 3 books have launched in the state; BetMGM, FanDuel, and DraftKings.
PointsBet has also been approved to operate in the state, but have yet to launch. Wyoming’s sports betting law indicates that a minimum of 5 licenses are to be given out, assuming enough eligible applicants. So, we would expect a few more books should come online soon.