Since the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban in 2018, more states have legalised online gambling, and sports betting has quickly become a top legislative priority in some. Meanwhile, brick-and-mortar casinos and sports fantasy apps are expanding their offerings to include legal sports gambling.
Delaware, Nevada and New jersey were the first three states to launch online casinos, poker sites, and sportsbooks within a year of the Supreme Court decision. Other states quickly followed suit including Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia with sports wagering through mobile apps; Connecticut will likely join this club by 2022 while native tribes within its borders have begun interpreting gaming compacts with the State to include retail sports betting within casinos as well.
Ohio was slow to legalize sports betting, yet in 2021 lawmakers finally passed legislation permitting sports gambling and Gov. Mike DeWine signed it into law. Bettors will soon be able to place wagers on all major sporting events starting January 2023 – following in the footsteps of neighboring states such as Kentucky and Indiana which boast active markets.
New Mexico remains one of the few states without legal sports betting options, yet that doesn’t preclude action in the future. Two tribal casinos already provide in-person sports betting while Northern Arapaho Tribe plans on opening an online sportsbook next year. Legislation to enable mobile sports betting across New Mexico has already been proposed but betting on college games within its borders still cannot take place.
Minnesota may be known for its sports fanaticism, yet they have not legalized sports betting. Legislation introduced in 2022 failed to pass and lawmakers haven’t taken up this topic in this session that ends May 22. Minnesota lawmakers may allow sports betting at licensed horse tracks but an agreement must first be struck between track operators and Native American tribes in order to make that possible.
Iowa bettors now have access to betting on both professional and collegiate sports, although betting on teams located within Iowa’s borders is prohibited. Iowa’s first retail sportsbook opened for business in September 2021; several online sportsbooks followed shortly afterwards accepting bets.
Though Illinois and Wisconsin have yet to pass legislation for sports betting, they’re among a small handful of “grey states” which have been allowed to offer sports betting without legislative approval by interpreting existing gaming compacts with them and permitting tribal operators to run sportsbooks; other options could include using standalone apps or teaming up with existing operators.