What States Allow Online Gambling?

OddsSeeker’s interactive map illustrates where betting is available and projects when more states will launch betting services; additionally it also details which states possess casinos or sportsbooks versus those without.

At first, Nevada led in online and sports gambling before the Supreme Court struck down a federal ban in 2018. After that decision was handed down, other states such as New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania West Virginia and Michigan quickly took over legal gambling activities.

Sports bets differ significantly from most online gambling markets in that most are placed via mobile devices. This has propelled mobile sports wagering into becoming the fastest-growing segment of the industry – mobile betting sites have tripled since 2021 – fuelling an overall surge in online gambling activity.

As a result, online sports betting has increased rapidly beyond expectations. US sportsbooks saw wagers total over $22 billion during the first half of 2017, an astonishing increase from last year. This unexpected surge has caught some state governments by surprise.

New Mexico recently joined the ranks of sports betting states when it opened a retail sportsbook in October 2021 and plans to add additional ones later this year. No special law was needed in New Mexico as Native American tribes can offer Class III gaming under tribal-state compact agreements without interference from Interior.

North Carolina passed a law in March 2021 allowing sports gambling at two tribal casinos located outside major cities, but hasn’t made the transition to online betting yet. Gov. Roy Cooper signed legislation authorizing it, so North Carolina could become one of the first states with a regulated market.

Rhode Island became the first New England state to legalize sports betting in March 2019 and soon thereafter added online wagering as well. Due to its small population and limited gambling offerings, however, Rhode Island remains only a minor player in this market.

Tennessee legalized sports gambling in April 2023, joining other states which allow it but are yet to realize significant revenue from it. At first, Tennessee’s conservative politicians made operating sportsbooks difficult but rules were relaxed after 2022.

Washington offers sports bettors access to an abundance of sportsbooks. In Washington’s capital city alone, bettors have their pick of multiple books owned and run by casinos, the state lottery, Rush Street Interactive (which runs DraftKings and FanDuel), GambetDC government-run betting app; however due to technical glitches preventing its launch early 2023; it was temporarily discontinued but later relaunched; though small in size but poised to become one of the more profitable sports betting markets when fully launched.

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