Legal Sports Betting Bill Tracker

Is gambling illegal in my state, or is sports betting legal in my state? Where is US online sports betting legal or in retail locations? If you’ve come here wondering that, we’ve got you covered. Check below the map, too, for links to relevant information in your state.

When will online sports betting be legal in my state?

Hover over any state to find out what, if anything, is happening in terms of sports betting legalization there.

KEY:

  • Green = Legal
  • Orange = Legalized but not yet live
  • Yellow = Legislation on the table
  • Blue = No meaningful legislation action

More info by state

STATESTATUSBILL/LEGISLATIONMOBILE / RETAIL SPORTSBOOK
AlabamaPendingA sports betting bill that included mobile predictably failed in 2019. The Governor has appointed a team to study gambling in the state. They have until the end of 2020 to produce a recommendation. New bills aren't likely until they've finished.TBD
AlaskaNo action
ArizonaLegal, not yet liveArizona is happening. The state senate passed the bill and once Governor Ducey signs, as expected, Arizona will be on its way to statewide mobile and retail betting. Legislation leaves the door open for as many as 20 online sportsbooks, plus retail betting sites. Both pro sports teams and state tribes will have access.Both
ArkansasLegal Retail sports betting went live in July 2019.Retail only to start
CaliforniaPendingIn early 2020 California published a ballot initiative put forth by the state's 18 Native American tribes that would legalize sports betting, in addition to roulette and dice games, at tribal casinos. In order for it to make an appearance on November's ballot, the tribes will need to acquire the necessary number of signatures by June 25th.Would be retail only
ColoradoLegalColorado online and retail sports betting went live in early 2020. Both
ConnecticutPendingSeveral bills are on on table but a tug-of-war between stakeholders and tribal-state compacts have stalled progress. Would be both in any final bill
DelawareLegalGrandfathered under PASPA; no new legislation deemed necessaryRetail only
District of ColumbiaLegal, not yet liveThe Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018 legalized sports betting in D.C. The Council voted in February to bypass an RFP process and award a sole-source contract to Intralot to roll out the city's only mobile sportsbook. Capital One Arena will be the nation's first retail sportsbook inside of a professional sports venue.Both
FloridaPendingThere's been some chatter and one bill on the matter but ultimately, the Seminole Tribe will likely play a big role in how and whether legal sports betting proceeds TBD
GeorgiaPendingGeorgia began entertaining the addition of sports betting in fall of 2019. Public hearings have been held in 2020 and support seems to be gathering steam. Recent polling indicates that a growing majority of Georgia voters want to see sports betting and casino gaming. There's hope.TBD
HawaiiNo recent actionA bill to study legal sports betting went nowhere.
IdahoNo action
IllinoisLegalWell, they did it. SB 690 was the vehicle. The first legal bets were accepted at Rivers Casino Des Plaines on March 9th, 2020.Both
IndianaLegalWent live in September 2019.Both. Remote online sportsbook registration allowed.
IowaLegalRetail and online sportsbooks launched together in August 2019.Both, but in-person registration is required until Jan. 2021
KansasPendingIn February '20 the Kansas Senate passed a bill that would permit sports betting online, and in person at the four state-owned casinos. There is some pushback from those who think the bill is too casino-friendly, but its progress thus far is promising. Would be both
KentuckyPendingWith backing from the Governor, a sports betting bill was introduced in the Senate in 2020. However, a number of recently proposed amendments may jeopardize its chance of passing. More bi-partisan support might be needed to move forward.TBD
LouisianaPendingBill has passed state senate to legalize on casino premises. Vote would ultimately have to go to parish-by-parish vote. Retail
MainePendingMaine came close, but will have to regroup after its House voted in February '20 to kill the most recent bill.TBD
MarylandLegal, not yet liveGet ready, MD! 10 mobile sports betting licenses will be up for grabs, all tied to brick-and-mortar gaming facilities. 30 retail-only licenses for restaurants, bars, and other interested parties are also included. Expect online sports betting in MD sometime in the fall of 2021.Both
MassachusettsPendingWhole lot of bills on table and a governor in support. There's a decent chance for it to happen in 2020. Would be both
MichiganLegalRetail sports betting began in Michigan on March 11, 2020. Michigan online sports betting and casinos went live in January 2021. Both
MinnesotaPending2019 efforts didn't pan out, though there is still optimism. Legislators will try again in 2020.Retail only
MississippiLegalRetail sportsbooks went live in August 2018 and have been a success. They'll take another shot at mobile wagering in 2020.Retail only
MissouriPendingDiscussions, hearings, but no consensus. It's unlikely 2020 will be the year for Missouri.Probably both
MontanaLegal, not yet liveBill passed in May 2019 to legalize through the Montana Lottery in bars and taverns.Retail only
NebraskaPendingSpurred into action by Iowa's sports betting success, Nebraska introduced LB 990, the Adopt the Games of Skill Act, in early 2020 which defines sports betting, DFS, and poker as such. The bill would pave the way for the legalization of each. The proposed legal gaming age is set at 19, and it would include in-state college bets. We'll see how it progresses.TBD
NevadaLegalMecca of sports betting since 1949 or so.Both
New HampshireLegal Went live in December 2019.Both
New JerseyLegalWent live in June 2018.Both
New MexicoLegal-ishThere's sportsbooks operating at five tribal casinos currently. The state AG has interpreted the tribal-state compacts as allowing sports wagering.Retail only
New York LegalRegulations approve in-person sports betting. A state-run, online sports betting structure was approved in 2021. Early 2022 seems a likely timeline for the debut of online betting.Retail only, online coming soon
North CarolinaLegalRetail sports betting is now legal and live in the state of North Carolina. Betting is only available at a pair of tribal casinos: Harrah’s Cherokee and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River. Mobile wagers will have to wait.Retail only
North DakotaPendingTwo bills to legalize were on the table but didn't pass before the 2019 session closed. Unclear
OhioPendingAn updated version of HB 194 is moving forward in Ohio. The bill allows for casinos, tracks, VFWs, and other fraternal organizations to seek sports betting licenses. The Ohio Lottery will serve as the regulatory body. This progress is very promising, expect additional updates soon.Both
OklahomaPendingIn a holding pattern. Need buy-in from state tribes.
OregonLegalThe first retail sportsbook opened in August 2019. Online wagering began shortly after in October, run by the Oregon Lottery.Both
PennsylvaniaLegalWent live in June 2019.Both
Rhode IslandLegalLegalized in 2018 at the state's two casinos, Twin River in Lincoln and the Tiverton, which launched in late 2018.Both
South CarolinaNo action
South DakotaLegal, not yet liveGov. Noem put pen to paper in March, legalizing sports betting in Deadwood, SD. The law is retail only, and only in the city of Deadwood. September 1 is the current launch target.Retail only
TennesseeLegalOnline only sports betting went live in mid 2020Online only
TexasNo action
UtahNever
VermontPendingLegislature has seen a few bills but none yet with traction.Unclear
VirginiaLegalVirginia online sports betting went live in early 2021. Retail sports betting coming in the future. Both
WashingtonLegal, not yet liveWashington officially legalized sports betting on March 25, 2020. The law permits sports betting in-person, at tribal casinos within the state. Wagers on professional and collegiate athletics are permitted, though in-state college teams are off limits.Retail only
West VirginiaLegal Went live in August 2018.Both
WisconsinNo actionThere's a little talk, but no action yet. Bettors have been crossing state lines into Iowa to place bets, and there is a desire to keep that revenue local. Changing the state's constitution is still a ways off though, and legalization could lead to complications with tribal casinos looking to renegotiate terms.TBD
WyomingLegal, not yet liveWyoming was the first state to legalize sports betting in 2021. Like TN, Wyoming is going to be online only. Notably, the minimum age to play will be just 18 years old.Online only

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