Where Is Sports Betting Legal? State By State Legal Tracker
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has oversight on the state’s sports betting industry. All the major US sportsbooks have established a business presence in Pennsylvania as the third-largest sports betting market in the US based on monthly betting volume. Legal sports betting in New York was launched in July of 2019 in a very limited capacity. The state’s gaming laws were amended to allow land-based sportsbooks in around a dozen tribal and commercial casinos located in upstate New York.
Only two casinos can hold sports betting licenses in the state – Twin River Casino and Twin River Tiverton Casino. The law to legalize sports betting was passed on June 22, 2018, as part of the governor’s budget package. New Hampshire will select the operators that offer the largest revenue-sharing proposals to the state.
Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and members of both parties in the Democrat-controlled General Court support sports betting. A Hard Rock Digital statewide mobile app is facing multiple lawsuits that could postpone or prevent its launch. Another entrant, Handle 19, is readying to enter the marketplace with a retail location.
This, however, only applies to individuals in their personal capacities. For example, if a club is sponsored by a betting company and said company places its logo on the club’s kit, the team’s players are not in violation of the betting rules. The American Gaming Association stated in June 2017, that a coalition will advocate for the repeal of the United States’ sports betting ban. In September 2017, a poll conducted by the Washington Post and the University of Massachusetts Lowell showed a 55% majority of adults in the U.S. approved of legalizing betting on pro sporting events. The ‘edit bet’ feature can be used by gamblers to ‘unsettle straight accumulators’ before matches have started or whilst they are in-play. The feature can also be used for to swap single bets for new bets, and the gambler is given a new bet selection valued at the bookie’s cash out price to reflect live market/game odds for the original bet.
Regardless of the pitfalls, with states such as New York, California and Texas still awaiting entry into the online gaming market, online sports betting industry looks to be, as Hershey put it “in the early innings.” While there are many online sports books vying for Americans’ online gambling dollars, three companies, according to VIXIO GamblingCompliance, handle more than 80% of the online sports betting in the U.S. That includes FanDuel with nearly double the market share of No. 2 DraftKings. This week is the first time Arizonians could bet online — betting on everything from who would win to the minute details of the game. The state joins 22 others and the District of Columbia where sports betting is legal.
Two other retail locations opened sportsbooks in the subsequent months. To measure the change in the landscape, we ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of how likely it is for each jurisdiction to offer full-scale legal sports betting. A brief synopsis for the active states is included, with updates to follow. At the same time various state lawmakers are considering sports betting legislation. Another option could be a DraftKings and FanDuel-backed ballot measure that could allow voters to approve statewide mobile wagering in 2022.