Where is sports betting legal in the US?
On May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States lifted the federal ban on sports betting, giving each state the freedom to decide on legalising and organizing sports betting operations. Since the ruling, 11 states have legalised the activity including; New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Iowa, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Mississippi, Oregon, Illinois, and Tennessee. While some states are already up and live with sports betting website and apps, others have legalized sports betting pending a launch date.
New Jersey was one of the first states to legalise sports betting after the ban was lifted. Kicking off operations in June 2018, online sports betting was first offered by DrafKings and FanDuel Sportsbooks. To date, there are 13 New Jersey sports betting apps on the market with a new app popping up almost monthly.
Online sports betting arrived in Pennsylvania in May 2019, with the first app going live through SugarHouse Sportsbook.
Indiana is the third on the list, legalising sports betting in 2019 and launching with online betting live October 2019. The first two online sportsbooks in the state were DraftKings Sportbook and BetRivers. Besides that, more than 12 casinos offer sportsbooks across Indiana.
Nevada’s legal sports betting scene has not been affected significantly by the Supreme Court’s decision since many Nevada casino already featured online and mobile sports betting platforms allowing players to wager within the state. Nevada requires all gamblers to register and place a minimum deposit in person at a land-based casino location before placing an online bet.
Sports betting websites and apps went live in Iowa August 2019. Like Nevada, gamblers have to register at a land-based casino before they can place their wagers.
Online sports betting went live recently in West Virginia with the launch of FanDuel and DraftKings Sportsbooks. Even though the state legalised mobile apps betting since 2018, yet the only app, “BetLuck.” is shut down since August of 2019.
Rhode Island’s sports betting operations are run in conjunction with the state lottery and in partnership with William Hill, which will also provide the state’s app technology.
In Mississippi, sports betting is performed either at a land-based casino or water-based one. However, the state allows for mobile wagering through apps while physically present at a land-based casino property.
Oregon’s sports betting is operated by the state lottery launching October 2019 with the primary sports betting option being the Scoreboard app.
Illinois and Tennessee
Both states already legalised sports betting and are likely to launch by 2020. It is worth mentioning that so far both states’ legislatures created a flexible model that can support different betting websites and mobile apps who might be interested in the market.