Sports betting legalization has been sweeping the country ever since PASPA was overturned in May of 2018. It started out east with Delaware, New Jersey, and West Virginia being the first three states to take advantage. DraftKings then became the first legal online sportsbook outside of Nevada when they launched their New Jersey app. The process has been quick in some states, and painstaking long in others. This page is a rundown of the latest news from every state still working towards legalization.
Here is every state in the US where you can legally bet on sports:
- New Jersey
- New Mexico (only in casinos)
- New York (only in casinos, waiting for online)
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia – Read the latest DK Review for WV
- Washington DC
Legal but Not Yet Live
Colorado is officially a go for sports betting after Proposition DD was narrowly approved with 50.71-percent of the vote. Colorado will open sports betting for business in May of 2020 at the 33 casinos located in Central City, Cripple Creek, and Black Hawk.
Illinois passed their sports betting in June of 2019 but have stalled in rolling out a product. What was once expected to launch by the Super Bowl in 2020 currently has no timeline. But there is some momentum brewing, as license applications will be available in December, at $10 million each.
Montana passed its bill in May of 2019 to legalize sports betting in taverns and bars. There has finally been some forward movement for the Big Sky state as the Montana Lottery recently released their sports betting regulations. They also opened a period of time for the public to provide feedback. The lottery will continue to handle sports betting in the state and residents will be able to bet on the lottery’s app.
Originally, three bills were brought to the Montana state legislature and both commercial operation and the lottery operation made it through the session. But as it currently stands, only the lottery can offer sports betting in the near future. Montana had originally hoped to be up and running by the start of the 2019 football season, but the state is still not sure when residents will be able to legally bet on sports.
Tennessee made online sports betting legal on July 1, 2019, but are waiting for the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation to hammer out the rules and regulations. There is no timetable for when legalized sports betting will be live in Tennessee.
Another state with lottery-regulated sports betting in New Hampshire. But at least in New Hampshire, there will be both mobile, and physical locations where residents can go to place wagers. Regulators will award licenses to five retail locations, and to 10 different mobile operators. New Hampshire is targeting July 1, 2020, as its official launch date.
States with Pending Bills
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
States with Momentum to Legalize Sports Betting
There are multiple bills being looked at in Kentucky, but much less action being taken. Those hopeful for Kentucky sports betting in 2020 should be rooting for Democratic candidate Andy Beshear to take over for Governor Matt Bevin to have full support of the legislature. Beshear has been an outspoken proponent of sports betting since announcing his candidacy in September.
A sports betting bill was passed in Maine but was left in limbo after the governor decided not to sign. Bill LD 553 will be picked up again in the Maine Legislature in January for further refinement.
The hold up in Michigan is over the tax rate. Governor Whitmer originally wanted a tax rate as high as 15%, while lawmakers argued the rate needed to be closer to 9%. The compromise was 8.75% for casinos operated by tribes, and 12% for everyone else. Currently, stakeholders are hoping to have an agreement in place on the tax rate by Christmas, and sports betting should be legal and open in Michigan at some point in 2020.
Legislators in Minnesota took a road trip down to Iowa to see how their border mates had handled legalized sports betting. But not all lawmakers are on board, creating a struggle that showed no sign of breaking in 2019. Most believe that legalized sports betting in Minnesota will become a reality, but they’re not sure when.
Missouri has been taking their time with sports betting. A recent hearing was held which will to help create a report for the Speaker of the House. This is expected by the end of November. A bill for Missouri sports betting is likely in 2020 with their legislative session opening on January 9 and closing on Friday, May 17.
Ohio had two bills on the docket, HB 194 and SB 111, and HB 194 is the one that has momentum. The biggest issue that has not been agreed on in Ohio is whether or not wagering on college athletics will be allowed. There is still time in the session for Ohio to get this done, but it remains to be seen whether the bill will pass in 2019 or 2020.
States with No Action
- South Carolina
This covers a lot of the different states and where they stand. Of course, we will update you on a state by state basis on Perky Bets. Let us know if you have any questions.
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