Where is Sports Betting Legal in the United States?

Where is Sports Betting Legal in the United States?


Where is Sports Betting Legal in the United States?


Sports betting is an industry that holds so much potential, not only in the US but also in the whole world at large. Notably, gambling has been there for over centuries in the US.

Initially, betting was illegal in the US after the declaration of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.

The act was to ensure that athletes remained true to their game. Before the enforcement of the law, many match officials, managers, and players would compromise play, at a fee- of course, for the sake of winning a bet.

Nonetheless, with time, the Supreme Court of the United States lifted the federal law. The ruling gave freedom to individual states, and it was now up to their state government to choose whether sports’ betting was legal in their states, or not.

Several state government immediately followed suites and legalized sports betting. Here is a list of states that you can engage in betting without breaking the law.

  1. Delaware

It was the first city to legalize sports betting. Within the same day that the Supreme Court ruled, their attorney general confirmed that no obstacle was available for bettors.

Before the legalization, the state-run casinos only offered Parlay wagering. Within the same day of the ruling, the three casinos, namely Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel, Harrington Raceway, and Casino, started to offer single-game betting.

  1. New Jersey

Funny enough, they were the first state to rally up against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.

It took time before the Supreme Court took up the case and chose to nullify the act. Immediately after the ruling, the state allowed the casino and racetrack owners to start legalized betting. Additionally, online sports betting sites that operated within the confines of

state boundaries emerged after the ruling.

  1. Mississippi

Mississippi became the third state to launch the law and the first state to allow the launch of a tribal sportsbook.

Sources conclude that within a month after the annulment of the PASPA law, the various betting facilities within the area made ten million dollars in wagers within the first month after the announcement. By September 2018, 20 sportsbooks generated more than 17.8 million dollars in sports betting handle.

  1. West Virginia

After the annulment of the law, the state legalized betting during the start of the football seasons Hollywood Casino was the first one to initiate business.

Sources confirm that the facility alone was able to collect up to 640,000 dollars during the first weekend of opening. Additionally, the state allows mobile apps for betting to facilitate betting during the start of the football season.

  1. Nevada

With this state, sports’ betting has been in the state for years; therefore, there is nothing new in it. Note that bettors can bet on brick and mortar casinos or using mobile apps.


Other states that are yet to legalize sports betting include Pennsylvania and New York. For the case of Rhode Island, they already established legal betting, which was a move to promote the budget bill; nevertheless, they are yet to start legalizing online betting.

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