With over 30 states now offering some form of legal U.S. sports betting, it’s hard to believe that only Nevada had legalized sportsbooks just a few years ago. That all changed in May 2018 when a Supreme Court ruling gave states the authority to legalize USA sports betting on their own terms. Now, more sports fans than ever from all corners of the country can bet on sports in the USA.
Allowing each state to create its own rules and regulations means certain bets can be legal in one state, but not in another. There are states that only allow in-person betting, while others also allow you to bet online. Some states allow betting on all sports, while others may prohibit wagering on college and minor league sports. With so many states making up their own rules, it can be very hard to remember which states allow which types of sports betting.
Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of where the country stands on sports gambling, as of November 2022. And remember, if you live in a state where sports gambling is legal, check out SportsLine for expert predictions.
Alabama: Not legal.
The state has proposed multiple bills, including one in 2021, but all have been shot down. Alabama currently doesn’t have any commercial casinos.
Alaska: Not legal.
In 2020, the state put legalizing sports betting under consideration and Gov. Mike Dunleavy even showed support for the bill. However, the COVID-19 pandemic put an end to its consideration and the bill ended up expiring in May 2020.
Sports betting became legal on April 15, 2021. The legislation in place permits 20 operators in Arizona.
First official sportsbook launched in July 2021 and first online sportsbook launched in February 2022. Betting on in-state professional and collegiate teams is permitted.
California: Not legal.
There were two major propositions on the November 2022 ballot that could have legalized sports betting in California, one to legalize in-person sports betting and the other to legalize online sports betting. Both propositions broke spending records and had active ad campaigns, but both were heavily voted down by Californians. It is not known at this time if the topic of legal California sports betting will be brought back up in 2023.
Colorado became the 19th state to legalize betting and as of May 1, 2020 multiple operators allowed residents to open accounts online and place wagers. There are restrictions involving in-state college games: Betting on game outcomes is allowed, but player prop bets in collegiate games are prohibited.
In the 2020 election, Colorado expanded both the number and type of casino games it is able to offer. The state also eliminated some wagering limits.
Sports betting is officially allowed in Connecticut as of September 30, 2021.
Delaware launched legal sports betting in 2018 less than a month after the Supreme Court’s decision. Online sports betting is legal, although there are no in-state online sportsbooks. All betting on in-state collegiate teams is prohibited.
Florida: It’s complicated. Sports betting was temporarily approved and legal, …….