March 8, 2024

What States Allow Online Gambling?

By Geraldine

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What States Allow Online Gambling?

Online gambling has quickly become one of the most beloved pastimes in America. Residents in 37 states now can legally gamble on sports, casino games and poker from the comfort of their own homes; with more states likely adding legal options soon as legislators recognize how much revenue it can bring in. Although unlicensed websites still cannot legally offer state-regulated betting options to US residents.

North Carolina was the latest state to enter legal sports betting when its first retail sportsbooks opened for business in late 2021. Now mobile wagering will soon be introduced and will expand their market share in an already flourishing industry. Ohio, another latecomer to sports betting, passed legislation last year enabling both professional and collegiate sport wagering with player prop bets restricted from college games.

Iowa legalized sports betting in 2019 following a Supreme Court reversal, and opened its first sportsbooks six months after. Fees and a cap of 14 operator licenses may continue to limit growth but Iowa ranks among the top five states by total handle. Rhode Island launched their first sportsbook in 2018 along with mobile market offerings; however due to low population density and their sole legal option (William Hill), sports betting revenues remain relatively modest in this state.

Nevada is one of the most heavily regulated states in the nation and offers an expansive selection of online casino games. Legal gambling website operators in this state must comply with state regulations and offer secure banking methods; regular audits ensure winnings are distributed appropriately and licensing procedures are considered some of the best in the industry.

Oklahoma is less heavily regulated but boasts over 100 licensed casinos. Although Oklahoma does not explicitly prohibit online gambling, daily fantasy sports providers accept players from the state. Oklahoma also permits pari-mutuel betting at its three racetracks and off-track licensed facilities.

Georgia lawmakers have attempted to alter Georgia’s gambling policies for some time now, yet have encountered strong resistance from local governments and constituents. If Georgia lawmakers can break through these hurdles and overcome this resistance, legal online gambling might soon become possible in their state.

New York and Indiana both offer legal sports betting, though neither state has yet established a fully regulated market. Both are expected to do so soon but may take longer due to lengthy regulatory processes that often take months or years to complete.