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
AlabamaNo action
AlaskaNo action
ArizonaPendingThe 2019 bill was filed again in 2020. Under it federally recognized tribes would be able to operate sportsbooks and betting kiosks in their Arizona casinos. There are significant obstacles to off-reservation betting.Probably retail only
ArkansasLegalRetail sports betting went live in July 2019.Retail only to start
CaliforniaNo recent actionIt's a mess and may be a while. A bill proposing a constitutional amendment to permit legal wagering didn't go anywhere.N/A
ColoradoLegal, not yet liveVoters narrowly approved sports betting through a Nov. 2019 ballot referendum. May 2020 is the target for launch.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 proceedsTBD
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
IllinoisLegal, not yet liveWell, they did it. SB 690 was the vehicle. Expected to go live by March 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
KansasPendingLot of bills on table, lot of talk, no real action.
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
MarylandPendingHearings have been held for two different sports betting bills in 2020. Current proposals would include mobile and retail sportsbooks, though the eligibility of various brick-and-mortar sites is still up for debate. The Washington Redskins, who play in Maryland at FedEX Field, are keen to place a sportsbook on site. Many local casino owners are opposed to the idea. Expect updates later in the session.TBD
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
MichiganLegal, not yet liveMichigan legalized sports betting late in 2019, however, the Michigan Gaming Control Board has announced that online wagering likely won't go live until 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
NebraskaNo action
NevadaLegalMecca of sports betting since 1949 or so.Both
New HampshireLegalWent 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 YorkLegalRegulations approve in-person sports betting. There's language in the Upstate New York Gaming Development Act of 2013 that permits this, but not online/mobile.Retail only
North CarolinaPendingRetail sports betting is now legal, but sportsbooks have not yet opened. Betting will only be available at a pair of tribal casinos: Harrah's Cherokee and 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
OhioPendingOhio policymakers are taking their time behind the scenes; House and Senate differ as to who will regulate.Probably will be both once they reach consensus on other issues
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 DakotaNo action
TennesseeLegal, not yet liveNot traditionally known as a gambling-friendly state, Tennessee surprised many by passing the nation's first online/mobile-only bill in 2019. Bettors are hopeful for a 2020 launch.Online only
TexasNo action
UtahNever
VermontPendingLegislature has seen a few bills but none yet with traction.Unclear
VirginiaPendingPassed sports betting bills both in the house and senate in Feb. 2020. It seems promising a bill will arrive on the Governor's desk soon.Both
WashingtonPendingA tribal-only sports betting bill is gaining traction in both chambers.Unclear
West VirginiaLegalWent live in August 2018.Both
WisconsinNo action
WyomingNo action

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