The gambling industry, especially the sports betting sector, has become mostly legal in most states in the United States, with Virginia and Washington being the first few to legalize it. Slowly, other states are beginning to show leniency in approving ballot measures, namely, Louisiana, Maryland and South Dakota. To date, sports betting has become legal in over two dozen states in America. Despite its legalization, not all of them agree with online sports betting due to the political opposition or tribal relationships that might occur. Here are some of the states that fully legalized sports betting:
In Arkansas, the legalization of sports betting occurred on the 1st of July in the year 2019. The first casino to accept legal sports betting is Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. Several months later, in October the same year, Saracen Casino Resort also added a sportsbook in their gambling den. However, there is no online sports betting involved. Everything is done in person, physically. While mobile legalization is in the works, it is not confirmed that it would get approved. As of now, the only way to place your sports bet is to pay a visit to these casinos.
The state of Colorado started accepting their first retail and online wagers in the year 2020 where the top players managed to conquer the market, including the websites as stated below:
Together with New Jersey, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Nevada, Colorado became one of the states that made over $200 million every month just on sports betting alone. They also legalize mobile betting with various options players could choose from, having the most operator-friendly setups and over two dozen digital sportsbooks are said to be in the works for the next upcoming years.
In Delaware, aside from Nevada, they were the first state to legalize single-game sports betting. Although they have allowed sports betting, it can only be done physically as they banned people from online betting.
Sports betting was made legal on the 1st September 2019 and has made over $200 million on a monthly basis, especially in the 2020 football season. Though it took a few months for people to make their first bet, it became a hugely wide market later on down the road. Thousands of sportsbook companies have made their way to Indiana, with a business-friendly atmosphere to encourage betters to visit more often.
On March 9 2020, Illinois started to legalize betting and allowed online betting as well a few months later in June. It’s no surprise as Illinois is one of the states which are sports fanatics, so every sports fan will flock over to any retail or online sportsbook. However, there are several fees or taxes charged upon betting, which causes betters to be reluctant when betting. Betters are also required to register at any retail sportsbook before they are allowed to place their bets online. This option is not required during the Covid-19 pandemic though, so betters are able to bet online without having the need to register physically.
6. New Jersey
New Jersey also offers full mobile betting options after they brought up a sports gambling issue to the Supreme Court in which they won to legalize sports betting. Most of the bets are placed online, although there are physical retail books located at Meadowlands and Atlantic City. After all, it is much easier to go online and place your bets compared to going to the retail store in person. In this state, they brought in more than $4.5 billion just on sports betting alone. Can you imagine that? If you want to try your hand in sports betting, New Jersey is definitely the state you should visit.
7. New York
Though New York only allows physical sportsbooks, on January 6th 2021, there has been some talks on legalizing online sports betting entirely as it has potential revenue income. Moreover, studies have shown that New York could possibly be losing at least $200 million solely because they did not legalize online sports betting. However, New York might consider allowing mobile sports betting in the upcoming months as it is in the discussion. Let’s hope they will since New Yorkers are mad fans of sports and gaming.