Sports Betting Laws in the 50 US States

Despite the fact that most states are still in the dark about legalizing sports betting, there are some states that have passed the sports betting hat trick. Depending on your state of choice, you could be betting on virtually anything from horse racing to the weather to baseball games. Some states even offer sports betting as a state-run endeavor. If you live in Nevada, you’re probably paying the hefty tax bill that comes with gambling, but if you’re in another state, you’ll be betting on the same sports in the same manner.

Washington, D.C. has 700,000 residents, so it’s a natural fit for sports betting. The DC Lottery manages the district’s sportsbook and allows other companies to offer it. The DC sports betting landscape is a bit of a mystery, but a BetMGM sportsbook is operating in a two-block area near Nationals Park. Despite the fact that you won’t find the best odds in Washington, D.C., the DC sports betting market is growing by the day.

Illinois sports betting didn’t go live until August 2020, but the state’s Gaming Control Board was able to launch its online sportsbook market a few months earlier. The state was the first to pass a gambling law and, despite the fact that a few states have taken longer to launch their markets, Illinois is one of the few states that can be said to have a legal sports betting industry.

Connecticut sports betting took longer to get off the ground. The state’s governor, Ned Lamont, signed a bill in May 2021, but the state was still a few years from the online sports betting market.