Everything You Need to Know About Legal Sports Betting in the US
On May 14, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of New Jersey in the landmark sports betting legalization case. The ruling effectively overturned the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, popularly known as PASPA, which banned sports betting outside of Nevada.
The decision has opened the floodgates to legalized betting in America by allowing states to decide for themselves if they want to offer sports betting, similar to what we’ve seen with marijuana legislation in the U.S.
In the days, weeks and months since the ruling, more and more states have followed New Jersey’s lead and legalized sports betting within their borders.
This guide will help bettors identify which states offer legalized betting along with the betting options available within those states, ranging from brick-and-mortar sportsbooks/casinos to online portals/mobile apps.
Daily Fantasy kingpin DraftKings was the first sportsbook to offer legal online betting in New Jersey, going live on Aug. 6, 2018. Bettors can place a bet on the DraftKings website or by using the DraftKings mobile app.
On July 14, 2018, FanDuel opened a sportsbook at The Meadowlands Racetrack, which is housed within the same complex as the New York Giants and Jets home base, MetLife Stadium. On Sept. 1, FanDuel rolled out its online sportsbook and betting app. Shortly after the Supreme Court’s ruling in May of 2018, FanDuel was bought out by BetFair US, which is partners with Paddy Power BetFair, a major player in the European betting market.
The Borgata casino, which is owned by MGM, debuted sports betting on June 14, 2018. Bettors can also place bets via the playMGM app
The Play SugarHouse online casino, owned by the Golden Nugget, went online on Aug. 23, 2018.
Monmouth Park’s physical casino opened its sports betting operation on June 14, 2018. Monmouth Park is partners with William Hill. The WIlliam Hill sports betting app debuted on Sept. 2, 2018.
Tropicana, also run by William Hill, launched its sportsbook on Oct. 25, 2018.
Caesars opened sportsbooks within Bally’s and Harrah’s casinos, where bettors can physically place wagers. Caesars launched its own betting app on Sept. 6, 2018 and added the 888 Sportsbook app on Oct. 20, 2018.
The online BetStars Sportsbook went live on Sept. 13, 2018
The Ocean Resort Casino, a physical sportsbook, opened on June 28, 2018.
Hard Rock Atlantic City is expected to open its physical sportsbook at the end of 2018
On June 5, 2018, Delaware became the first state to legalize sport betting outside of Nevada, beating New Jersey to the punch.
Bettors can place wagers at any of the state’s three casinos: Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway.
Each casino also offers an online portal through which bettors can place wagers.
On Aug.1, 2018, Mississippi became the third state outside of Nevada to offer legalized betting, following Delaware and New Jersey.
Bettors can place wagers at two main casinos: Beau Rivage, known as Biloxi, and Gold Strike, known as Tunica. Both casinos are run by MGM. Bettors in Mississippi also have access to the PlayMGM mobile app, but at the time being, you can wager on mobile devices only when you’re within the casino.
Bettors can also go to Sam’s Town Casino in Tunica, Horseshoe Casino in Tunica and the IP Biloxi Hotel and Casino.
On Aug. 30, 2018, West Virginia became the fourth state outside of Nevada to legalize sports betting, behind Delaware, New Jersey and Mississippi.
Bettors can place wagers at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town or at The Greenbrier sportsbook, which is run by FanDuel.
Pennsylvania should be the next state on deck to offer legal sports betting. You can’t bet in Pennsylvania yet, but a bill was passed in 2017, and negotiations are underway.
William Hill is currently applying for a gaming license. If the license is approved, legal betting could begin by November or December of 2018.
The first sportsbooks expected to open are at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, followed by Parx Casino in Bensalem, Bucks County, as well as Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino at Chester Downs, Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and SugarHouse in Philadelphia.
In June of 2018, Rhode Island became the next state to pass legalized sports betting.
Beginning in November of 2018, bettors will be able to place wagers at the two Twin River Casinos; Lincoln and Tiverton. The casinos are run in partnership with William Hill.
Where to Bet on Sports in Nevada
In 1931, at the height of the Great Depression, Nevada voted to legalize gambling as a way to stimulate the economy. Over the years, Las Vegas quickly became the gambling capital of the world. At first, sportsbooks remained on the outskirts of town, and illegal bookies reigned supreme.
Then, in 1949, Nevada officially legalized sports betting, allowing bookmakers to accept bets on horse racing and professional sports. It wasn’t until federal taxes were eased in the 1970s that sportsbooks inside casinos really began to take hold.
In 1976, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal opened the Stardust, which became the model for the modern day sportsbook.
Today there are hundreds of different sportsbooks and casinos in Las Vegas that offer betting, ranging from the Westgate Superbook to the Wynn, MGM, Venetian and Bellagio.
Here are our staff’s favorite Vegas sportsbooks, along with a local’s guide on where to bet, eat, drink and more in Sin City.