Legal: Sports betting is legal in New Jersey, both online and in person. It was the third state to make a legal bet, launching online and in-person operations in the summer of 2018. Legal: Sports betting is legal in Nevada, both online and in person. It has long been a leader in retail betting, as the state first accepted face-to-face betting more than a decade ago and was the only one to do so until 2018. Online betting is a bit more complicated, as bettors have to register at a casino. Following the passage of a lighter anticipation law in 2017, a comprehensive sports betting law was introduced in Connecticut in the first half of 2018. The state held hearings and received testimony from various stakeholders, including representatives of the NBA and MLB. The state`s legislative term ended without a formal vote on the comprehensive bill. In early 2019, a new bill was introduced that focuses on “sports betting authorization.” Legal online sports betting was introduced in Kansas on July 1, 2022. Just three weeks after the launch of legal online sports betting, a judge ruled that a settlement between the state of Florida and the Seminole tribe was illegal and that the issue has since been heard in federal court. Although the Interior Ministry and the Seminole tribe filed briefs in August 2022 to reinstate a new pact, discussions on the issue may not begin until the summer of 2023. Sports betting has been legal since 2020, with head-to-head betting starting in October 2021 and online betting starting in January 2022.
Illegal: Sports betting is illegal in Kentucky, both online and in person. A recent attempt at legalization barely reached the office of Governor Andy Beshear (D). The good news: In addition to a growing appetite in the legislature, Governor Roy Cooper is a strong advocate of online sports betting. His term expires in 2025. Kansas legalized sports betting in 2022, after a legislative race in which it beat neighboring Missouri. They have spent several years trying to lump sports betting and casino games together as a constitutional amendment, although some believe this is not necessary. Legalizing sports betting through the existing state lottery would require fewer votes to pass, though it`s unclear whether it would withstand a court challenge. Personal sports betting is allowed at more than 30 casinos. Online betting is allowed at most major outlets, including DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars, and BetMGM. Currently, nine states have no legislation to legalize sports betting or are not considering it: Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Vermont. Arkansas is relatively new to the sports betting scene as it became legal in February 2022. Originally, sports betting was limited to just three land-based casinos, but state lawmakers imposed sweeping measures for full regulation in spring 2022.
These laws allowed up to eight online sports bets to operate in the state. Nevada is considered the gambling capital of the United States, and this has extended directly to sports betting. The Silver State has had sports betting for decades. While other states have an easy process to start betting via mobile, Nevada requires in-person registration at a casino to get started. This has discouraged some bettors from getting involved in the promotion, and some in the industry have lobbied for regulatory change. About a week later, he introduced a proposal to legalize sports betting without VLTs, but the Senate refused to vote on it. Online sports betting must work with one of Colorado`s 33 casinos to operate legally in the state, which has left the door open for even more apps. On January 25, 2019, more than two dozen South Dakota lawmakers filed a joint resolution “submitting to voters an amendment to the South Dakota State Constitution that provides for betting on sporting events.” If it goes into effect, the potential constitutional amendment allowing sports betting could be put to a vote in 2020. PASPA, which went into effect in 1992, was enacted to prevent the expansion of sports betting beyond states that were grandfathered at the time. In fact, Nevada has been given a national monopoly on single-match betting.
Senator Denny Hoskins obstructed for hours on a proposed amendment that would have removed part of the bill allowing VLTs at truck stops and state gas stations. He promised that sports betting would not be done without video lottery terminals, which casinos that advocate sports betting have refused. Most casinos offer personal sports betting. Online betting received a boost in March 2022, with the state no longer requiring personal registration. There are seven online sports bets in the state, including DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars, and FanDuel. Six months after the Supreme Court decision was overturned, Pennsylvania accepted its first legal sports bookmaker with a casino bookmaker in 2018. Since then, additional licenses have been issued and mobile/online betting is also accepted in the state.