Sports Betting States
North Carolina legalized in-person sports betting in July 2019 for two of their tribal casinos, however both are still looking at finally opening sportsbooks. State tribes are considering opening sportsbooks, which they argue would be allowed under existing law, however there’s currently no movement to legalize sports betting in the state. Voters are in favor of legalized sports betting, with executives from the state’s biggest sports teams also coming out in support of sports betting in 2019. Online and in-person sports betting has been legal in Colorado since May 2020 after the Colorado General Assembly passed a bill which paves the way for legalized online sports betting in Colorado.
That culminated in a list of regulatory rules, which have finally been approved and adopted. Sports betting in Washington became legal at a time where almost the entire sports industry was suspended indefinitely. Sports betting has been legal since 2019 in sportsbooks operated by the state lottery. There is a chance that private companies will be allowed to offer legal sports betting in the future. The three commercial casinos in Detroit are operating retail sportsbooks and signed a deal with an online sportsbook provider. Home of the Pacers, Indiana sports betting has been legal since May 2019.
Legal sports betting opened up at a number of locations in Indiana on Sept. 1, 2019. The Indiana Gaming Commission oversees all sports betting regulations and has issued licenses to operators across the state. Wagering on both college and pro sports is permitted, but betting on esports and high school sports is banned.
As a result, bettors in some states have been left on the sidelines while their neighbors have been quick to get in the game. Bristol, Danville, Portsmouth and Norfolk all approved ballot measures authorizing casinos in the 2020 election. The state agreed to a six-year contract with DraftKings, so mobile sportsbooks can be utilized throughout the state. A bill proposed in January would exclusively permit federally recognized Native American tribes with a gaming license to operate sportsbooks within the state. In addition to the initial testing, sites are constantly monitored and any concerns or problems are back by the gaming entity in the state.
In the recent past, the NCAA has banned on-air advertising during its championship events by the two main daily fantasy game brands, DraftKings and FanDuel. Wyoming has gotten a similar route to that of Tennessee where sports betting will be online and there will be no online casinos. This means sports wagering will be the main iGaming option for those in Wyoming for the foreseeable future. While not a massive market, Wyoming has attracted many of the top sportsbooks due to its lenient restrictions and only 10% tax on sports betting revenue. Following a failed bill in the earlier days of 2019, South Carolina legislators have failed to bring up any kind of bill to do with sports betting in the state. Even in the first attempt at some kind of commercial gaming for sports wagers, nothing in the bill hinted at legalizing online wagering.
This is a fairly recent development because for years, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act prevented all but four states from authorizing sports betting. Of those four states, only Nevada had a complete exemption allowing true, single-game sports betting. This all goes to explain why we have a page dedicated to the betting laws of every US state. What’s legal in one state may be outlawed the next state over, so we like to provide that information on a state-by-state basis.