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.


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

More info by state

AlabamaNo recent actionA sports betting bill that included mobile predictably failed in 2019. The Governor has appointed a team to study gambling in the state. New bills aren't likely until they've finished.TBD
AlaskaNo action
ArizonaLegalArizona sports betting is both legal and live. The state senate passed its bill, HB 2772, by a 23-6 margin in April 2021. The vote satisfied the need for a 2/3rds majority. Governor Deucy signed the legislation on April 15, officially legalizing both online and retail sports betting. After a clean rollout process, the state's first legal wagers were placed on September 9th, 2021, the first day of the NFL season.Both
ArkansasLegal Retail sports betting went live in July 2019.Both. Online coming sometime in 2022.
CaliforniaPendingSeveral ballot initiatives to legalize sports betting may be voted on in 2022. Would be retail only
ColoradoLegalColorado online and retail sports betting went live in early 2020. Both
ConnecticutLegalOnline sports betting launched in CT on Oct. 19, 2021. Both of the state's tribal entities are involved, as is the Connecticut Lottery. Retail wagering is also permitted.Both
DelawareLegalGrandfathered under PASPA; no new legislation deemed necessaryRetail only
District of ColumbiaLegalThe 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
FloridaLegalHard Rock Sportsbook, owned by the Seminole tribe, went live for a few weeks but is currently shut down until assorted legal issues are resolved.TBD
GeorgiaPendingGeorgia began entertaining the addition of sports betting in fall of 2019. Public hearings were held in 2020 and 2021 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 recent bill to study legal sports betting went nowhere.TBD
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 2019Both
IowaLegalRetail and online sportsbooks launched together in August 2019.Both
KansasNo recent actionThere has been some promising developments in the legislature, but we aren't close to legalization yet. TBD
KentuckyNo recent actionTBD
LouisianaLegalLegislation was signed into law in 2021 that legalizes retail and mobile betting in the state. Both
MainePendingMaine came close, but supporters of legalization will have to regroup after their latest legislative setback in 2021. TBD
MarylandLegalGet 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 2022Both
MassachusettsPendingWhole lot of bills on table and a governor in support. There's a decent chance for it to happen in 2022. 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
MinnesotaNo recent actionTBD
MississippiLegalRetail sportsbooks went live in August 2018 and have been a success. They'll take another shot at mobile wagering in 2022.Retail only
MissouriNo recent actionDiscussions, hearings, but no consensus. TBD
MontanaLegalBill passed in May 2019 to legalize through the Montana Lottery in bars and taverns.Retail only
NebraskaLegal, not yet liveSports betting was legalized in NE in 2021, but the regulatory process is ongoing. Stay tuned.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 MexicoLegalThere'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. Online mobile betting debuted in January 2022Both
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 DakotaLive, but not legalThe legislature has debated sports betting legalization for years, but has not authorized it. Two tribes in the state opened sportsbooks on their land without approval, operating in a legal gray area. Retail only
OhioLegal, not yet liveSports betting is finally legal in Ohio. Sportsbooks will launch sometime in 2022. Both
OklahomaNo recent actionIn 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 DakotaLegalGov. 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. Retail only
TennesseeLegalOnline only sports betting went live in mid 2020Online only
TexasNo action
VermontNo recent actionLegislature has seen a few bills but none yet with traction.TBD
VirginiaLegalVirginia online sports betting went live in early 2021. Retail sports betting coming in the future. Both
WashingtonLegalWashington 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. The state of Washington took its first legal bets on September 9th, 2021.Retail only
West VirginiaLegal Went live in August 2018.Both
WisconsinLegalTwo tribes opened retail sportsbooks in late 2021. More possibly to come.Retail only
WyomingLegalWyoming launched online sports betting on September 1, 2021. Like Tennessee, Wyoming only offers online betting. The minimum age to wager in the state is just 18.Online only
Brett Smiley

Brett Smiley

Brett Smiley is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Sports Handle, which joined forces with the US Bets team in November 2018. He focuses on the sports betting industry and legislation. He's a recreational sports bettor and DFS player himself, focusing on the NFL. In a past life, Smiley practiced commercial litigation in New York City and previously wrote for FOX Sports and He lives in New Jersey with his family.

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