Online sports betting in the USA

reliable sports bettingThis subject of legal gambling in the USA has been a grey area for some time now and rather than being illegal, gambling is better phrased as legally restricted.

History of sports betting

Sports betting was illegal for many years and in 1992 President George H.W. Bush took the legislation one step further.  President Bush signed the PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) legislation, which was drafted when gambling legalization began making inroads into sports betting.  The PASPA law prohibited states from regulating and taxing sports betting, this closed any loopholes which were being used to bet on sports and gave authorities the power to bring a civil action against sports betting schemes.  PASPA effectively outlawed sports betting nationwide, excluding a few states.

This all changed in May 2018 when the Supreme Court in May 2018 struck down PASPA, the federal law banning single-game wagering. Each state now can set its own rules for online sports betting unless of course Congress passes a new law, which seems highly unlikely at this point.

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Online sports betting is now down to state law which again gets quite confusing, some states which are allowing sports betting will not allow online sports betting so the bets must be made inside casinos.   And states that do allow online betting will be restricting this activity to within state lines.

States where you can bet on sports online

Prior to May 2018 only the state of Nevada allowed sports gambling on the outcome of single games, Montana, Delaware, and Oregon also allowed it betting on some levels, such as fantasy sporting events.  Sports betting was illegal in all other states but on May 2018 it was open season for lawyers and sports betting companies.

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The state where most things seem legal!  It’s still permitted to make bets in Nevada, nearly all the casinos feature online and mobile sports betting platforms.


Deleware was first out of the blocks, with casinos allowed to accept sports bets.  At the moment online sports betting  is not permitted but this is expected to change soon.

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New Jersey

Online sports betting went live in New Jersey in August 2018 and the first companies were DraftKings and FanDuel who both launched its mobile betting apps.


Online sports betting was adopted soon after PASPA fell in Pennsylvania withe the first betting sites launching in 2019, there are a number of different online sports betting providers in the state.

Rhode Island

The smallest state in America by land mass, allowed mobile betting first in 2019 through a state lottery in partnership with William Hill.

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New Hampshire

Both online and offline sports betting permitted since 2019 with the first betting app launched in 2020.


Indiana have a number of casinos operating sports books and a number of online betting sites and apps went live in 2019.  Betting on eSports is not permitted.


In house sports betting is allowed but online betting has been delayed, sites are expected to launch this year and companies are taking early sign ups / registrations as Illinois is one of the few states that requires in-person registration to complete the mobile sign up.

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Online and offline sports betting is allowed


The Michigan market opened up in late 2019 but only retail up until now, there are a number of casinos offering sports books, we expect online betting will follow pretty soon.


The state lottery launched online sports betting in October 2019, the Scoreboard app is available statewide as the primary Oregon sports betting option.

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Tennessee is doing the opposite of what most states are doing, the state passed legislation in April 2019 to legalize sports gambling but it will only be offered online.

Another one we will follow closely is online betting in California

We will keep this article updated as legislation changes in other states.

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*This is not a legal document and has been compiled by research and lot legal advice



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