Where Is Sports Betting Legal? Projections for All 50 States

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  • Sports betting is legal in more than two dozen states in the United States, though many have only in-person betting.
  • We're tracking all 50 states (plus Washington D.C.) to see how legalization is progressing, both retail and online.
  • Budget shortfalls have many states re-considering sports betting, but more than a dozen will likely never get online sports betting because of political opposition or tribal relationships.

Updated Sept. 9, 2021

It’s been three years since the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports betting, allowing states to legalize it if they wish.

So where do we stand now? What states are in business, and how are they doing? What states are imminently coming online? And what states are on the back burner? We’ve compiled a comprehensive look at all 50 states (plus Washington D.C.), with projected legalization dates for every state.

Nearly every state has at least considered legal sports betting, but the reality is that full online sports betting will not come to more than a dozen states for a long time due to deep-seated political opposition to gambling or complex tribal relationships.

An interactive map is below, and the text for each state is ordered by the projected year we expect them to come online. Two experts — Daniel Wallach, principal at Wallach Legal, the nation’s first law firm solely devoted to sports betting, and Jake Williams, vice president of legal and regulatory affairs for Sportradar — helped with the projections and sub-categories for every state.

“Possible” states for 2021 and 2022 include states such as Kansas, which has seen some movement but has no real timeline for legalization, and Maine, which had a bill vetoed by the governor, killing sports betting until at least 2021.

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Where Is Sports Betting Legal?

Ala. | Alaska | Ari. | Ark. | Calif. | Colo. | Conn. | Dela. | Fla. | Ga. | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Ind. | Iowa | Kan. | Kent. | La. | Maine | Mary. | Mass. | Mich. | Minn. | Miss. | Mo. | Mont. | Neb. | Nev. | N.H. | N.J. | N.M. | N.Y. | N.C | N.D. | Ohio | Okla. | Ore. | Penn. | R.I. | S.C. | S.D. | Tenn. | Texas | Utah | Ver. | Virginia | Wash. | Wash. D.C. | W.V. | Wisc. | Wyo.

LEGAL, TAKING BETS

  • Only in-person sportsbooks (9)
  • Only physical sportsbooks now, online pending (1)
  • Full mobile betting with multiple options (11)
  • Full mobile betting with multiple options; in-person sign up required (2)
  • Limited mobile betting options (4)

Arizona

Full mobile betting with multiple options

Arizona passed a sweeping online sports betting bill in April 2021 that allows statewide mobile wagering as well as some of the nation’s first in-stadium sportsbooks.

A handful of sportsbooks went live Sept. 9, the first day of the 2021 NFL season, with 10 more to follow in the coming weeks.

Arkansas

In-person sportsbooks only

Legal sports betting started in Arkansas on July 1, 2019, at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. An additional sportsbook was added in October 2019 at the Saracen Casino Resort.

There is no online wagering in the state.

Lawmakers have considered statewide mobile legislation but this could still be a difficult sell in one of the nation’s more politically and culturally conservative states.

A 2018 ballot measure that allowed the two sportsbooks and permitted two new casinos in the state passed, but a 2020 measure that would have allowed even more casinos didn’t make that year’s ballot. It could be a while before Arkansas has full mobile betting.

Colorado

Full mobile betting with multiple options

Colorado accepted its first online and retail wagers in 2020 and has quickly turned into one of the most robust markets with all the major players involved, including DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM and BetRivers from day one.

In Sept. 2020, Colorado joined Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Indiana among states to record more than $200 million in monthly betting handle. Australian-based PointsBet opened its North American headquarters in Denver, helping what could be a major player in U.S. sports betting.

Colorado has one of the most operator-friendly setups in the country and more than two-dozen digital sportsbooks are expected to be live there in the coming years.

Delaware

In-person sportsbooks only

Delaware was the first state outside Nevada to accept a legal single-game sports bet, beating New Jersey by a few weeks after the Supreme Court struck down the federal wagering ban in May 2018.

Delaware’s lottery-run sports betting market still prohibits online betting, leaving only three retail sportsbooks in the state — and unimpressive revenue numbers.

Its small size, population and the proliferation of digital sports betting options in its neighboring states will leave Delaware a relative afterthought despite its quick start.

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Illinois

Full mobile betting with multiple options (in-person sign up required)

The state launched betting on March 9, 2020, (just ahead of an NCAA Tournament that didn’t wind up happening) and launched online betting in June 2020.

One of the nation’s most populated (and sports-crazy) states, Illinois is expected to be a major player in the U.S. sports betting sphere. However, market participation has been slow, in part due to limited online skin counts plus stiff taxes and fees.

More importantly, Illinois bettors are required to register at a retail sportsbook before betting with an online option. This requirement had been waived on a month-by-month basis by Gov. J.B. Pritzker during the COVID-19 pandemic, but he unexpectedly failed to renew the order starting in April 2021; assuming he (or the legislature) take no further action, in-person registration will remain until 2022.

This will be a hiccup Illinois’ potential but the registration mandate sunsets permanently in 2022, and marquee sports venues such as Wrigley Field and the United Center could open sportsbooks in coming years. More online brands will also likely join, which could – finally – push Illinois near or to the top of the U.S. sports betting handle lists.

Indiana

Full mobile betting with multiple options

Indiana went live Sept. 1, 2019 and has done well, pulling in more than $200 million a month in handle in the 2020 football season. It took just a few months from legalization to first bet, and Indiana has continued its fast start with a well-rounded market.

The biggest players, including FanDuel and DraftKings, take up most of the market share within the state, but a dozen or so sportsbooks are expected to make noise in the coming years. More operator entrants and a business-friendly environment should help continue Indiana’s sports betting success.

Iowa

Full mobile betting with multiple options

Iowa started accepting bets on Aug. 15, 2019 and has methodically grown in the months since. The in-person registration requirement set to sunset in 2021 should help the market even further.

Iowa has some of the cheapest licensing fees in the land — $45,000 for the first year to get an initial license and a renewal fee of $10,000 annually. Iowa took in $72 million in bets in September 2020 alone.

Though it has a smaller in population and has no professional sports teams, it could still be among the more lucrative per capita markets in the country.

Michigan

Full mobile betting with multiple options

Michigan launched in-person wagering at the MGM Grand Detroit on March 11, 2020. Online books such as BetMGM launched in early 2021.

Michigan is becoming one of the biggest sports betting and online gaming markets in the country, and its legislation allows for a competitive market with multiple operators.

Mississippi

In-person sportsbooks only

Mississippi was one of the earlier states to launch, opening up for business on Aug. 1, 2018.

The state technically has mobile wagering, but you can only place bets while inside a casino. This has hurt its market share, despite being one of the few legal Southern betting states.

The initial retail sports betting legislation was passed as a corollary to a fantasy sports bill at a time when the federal ban appeared it would not be lifted.

Passing a statewide online betting bill in conservative Mississippi will be a far more difficult task.

Montana

In-person sportsbooks only

Montana officially started taking bets in March 2020 with a sports betting app run by the company that runs the state lottery. This government-run monopoly keeps out other top sportsbooks and can jeopardize competitive prices. It also only works in licensed gaming properties.

Not surprisingly, Montana’s limited betting options and sparse population make it a small part of the overall U.S. market.

Nevada

Full mobile betting with multiple options (in-person sign up required)

Nevada, the gold standard for in-person betting, still hasn’t quite mastered online wagering. The state requires bettors to come into a casino to register in person before placing via the Internet.

That’s really hurt the state during COVID-19, when casino traffic plummeted. Nevada will always hold a special spot for American gaming, but it is already just the second-most lucrative sports betting state and it could continue to fall down the ranks as more and more populated states (with statewide mobile wagering) launch in the coming years.

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New Hampshire

One mobile betting option

Online wagering began on Dec. 30, 2019. DraftKings is the sole mobile operator in the state, though there are a handful of retail betting locations that have opened or intend to do so.

New Hampshire has done decently well despite its limited market, but this could end when (or if) Massachusetts launches mobile wagering.

New Jersey

Full mobile betting with multiple options

New Jersey, the state to bring the sports gambling case to the Supreme Court, is now enjoying the fruits of its labor. “The Gold Standard” for legal sports betting was the third state to take a legal bet and has continued to set state records thank to a competitive, operator-friendly system.

Although there are physical books in Atlantic City and at the Meadowlands, more than 80% of bets taken are on online, a number that’s risen during COVID-19 and should continue going forward.

New Jersey brought in $4.5 billion in sports bets in 2019 and is on track to bring in $5 billion in 2020, beating out Nevada in handle every month that year. A New York mobile launch could cut into these massive numbers, but New Jersey will still continue as a marquee market for years to come.

New Mexico

In-person sportsbooks only

No bills have been passed, but Native American tribes have interpreted that sportsbooks are legal at tribal casinos under existing state-tribal gaming compacts. There are only a handful of retail sportsbooks spread across the state and it appears the first state to take a bet without an act of the legislature or voters will continue to do so.

New York

Only physical sportsbooks; online launch pending in 2022

New York has retail sports betting at a handful of upstate commercial and tribal casinos, but these have generated little revenue despite the state’s massive population and gaming interest. That’s because there’s no online betting.

However, Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the first time on Jan. 6 fully embraced online sports betting as a new revenue source, but the plan he signed into law in April 2021 runs sports betting through the state; The limited-operator model could prevent books such as DraftKings, FanDuel, and many more from entering. It would ultimately harm the consumer experience, as well.

State officials are expected to announce the winning bids in December.

In the meantime, New Jersey has essentially turned into “Vegas East” (with the help of New Yorkers coming across the border). This comes even as a study released in February 2020 estimated that New York is losing $200+ million in revenue by not legalizing online sports betting.

North Carolina

In-person sportsbooks only

North Carolina legalized in-person sports betting in July 2019 for two tribal casinos in the western portion of the state, taking its first bet in March 2021.

While that bill did not permit any mobile wagering, the state is expected to consider statewide mobile wagering in 2021.

North Dakota

In-person sportsbooks only

There’s been no political movement to legalize sports gambling in North Dakota, but state tribes have already opened retail sportsbooks under authority granted to them by the federal government, a similar legal path for the sports betting launch in New Mexico. This too means retail only, but North Dakota is among a rare group of states that can take bets without an act of the legislature.

Notably, a 2021 online bill fell just a few votes short. Lawmakers could try again in 2022, especially if tribal books launch in 2021.

Oregon

One mobile betting option

Thanks to a limited exemption in the federal sports betting ban that allowed it to offer parlay cards, Oregon officials determined the state lottery could begin taking bets without a separate act of the legislature. The state lottery app took its first bet in 2019, but with only one legal mobile wagering option, it has not been able to match competitive markets.

Notably, in-state college betting is prohibited via the lottery app. A handful of Native American casinos have opened retail sportsbooks, which permit college betting as well, but these too are small revenue generators.

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Pennsylvania

Full mobile betting with multiple options

Pennsylvania was among a handful of states to accept a legal retail sports bet in 2018 and, beginning with its 2019 digital launch, has been among the biggest markets in the country.

Despite high fees for operators to get into the game, Pennsylvania consistently sees the third-largest sports betting monthly handles, behind New Jersey and Nevada, despite a larger population, pulling in close to $500 million in bets during the meat of the football season.

The fees, and a limit of only 14 total operator licenses, will continue to hinder Pennsylvania’s potential, but it’s large population and high-profile sports teams will help it maintain some of the nation’s highest-grossing handle totals.

Rhode Island

One mobile betting option

Rhode Island has been offering legal sports betting since 2018 when retail sportsbooks opened at its two commercial casinos.  William Hill (now owned by Caesars) is the only legal retail and online sportsbook in the state.

Lawmakers repealed an in-person mobile registration requirement, but the small population and lone legal option keep revenues small, despite Rhode Island’s proximity to Connecticut and Massachusetts.

South Dakota

In-person sportsbooks only

The first retail sportsbooks opened in September 2021.

South Dakota legalized sports betting in November 2020 as part of a ballot initiative and lawmakers passed retail-only authorization for Deadwood casinos and certain tribal gaming facilities.

The state constitution only permits wagering within Deadwood and tribal lands, but some policymakers believe statewide mobile wagering can be approved as long as the servers are placed in Deadwood. Legislation to do so gained little traction in 2021, but could open an interesting new digital market in the years to come.

Tennessee

Full mobile betting with multiple options

Since it has no casinos, Tennessee is the only state that has online-only sports betting. The conservative state’s unlikely launch of an uncapped, digital sports betting market excited industry stakeholders, but other restrictions could hurt its potential.

Tennessee is also the only state that makes the operators return a 10% hold. Since the typical hold, which is the percentage of the total bets taken in that the books hold on to, is around 5-7% in most states, making sure that 10% is held could mean that bettors within the state will get worse odds.

Also, Tennessee took roughly 18 months to launch its first online sportsbooks after it’s legislature technically legalized betting. All major operators could enter the market in coming years, but Tennessee’s self-imposed restrictions could hurt its potential.

Virginia

Full mobile betting with multiple options

Virginia took its first online sports bet in January 2021 and as many as a dozen options could be available by the end of the year. Though there is a cap on the number of skins, most top brands should be able to enter the market, and FanDuel, DraftKings, William Hill, BetRivers and BetMGM have already gone live.

Washington

In-person sportsbooks only

Washington legalized sports betting on March 25, 2020 and took its first bet Sept. 9, 2021. Only certain tribal casinos can take bets.

Mobile sports betting, like Mississippi, will only be allowed if it is placed within a casino facility, a huge deterrent to the state’s revenue potential. Statewide mobile betting doesn’t seem like a reality anytime soon.

Washington D.C.

Limited mobile betting options

D.C. is technically a sole-source operator jurisdiction. The lone legal District-wide mobile app, GamBet, is run by the lottery and, partially because it has no legal competition, has offered lines worse than market averages. Also the app is geofenced out of any federal properties, a major problem in the nation’s capital.

That has allowed the city’s first retail sportsbooks, a temporary operating booth in Capital One Arena. William Hill allows mobile wagering only within the stadium.

William Hill’s retail book opened July 31, 2020 in a makeshift sportsbook in the box office of the Capital One Arena before its moves into a permanent home in the building in 2021.

Another entrant, Handle 19, is readying to enter the marketplace with a retail location. Overall, D.C. hasn’t generated much from sports betting because of unfair pricing.

West Virginia

Full mobile betting with multiple options

Mobile betting had some initial hiccups in West Virginia, but it’s been fully live since August 2019.

The state has a handful mobile operators, including DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM and William Hill. It will never rival some of the larger markets, but bettors at least have several legal options to place a bet from anywhere within the state. 

Wyoming

Full mobile betting with multiple options

Lawmakers surprisingly approved statewide mobile wagering, becoming just the second state to allow online betting without any retail sportsbooks. The first two online sportsbooks took bets beginning Sept. 1, 2021.

Meanwhile, the Northern Arapaho Tribe appears it may add retail sports betting under the authority of existing law, much in the way tribes in New Mexico are operating sports betting without any legislation.

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PENDING, 2021 LIKELY (7 TOTAL STATES)

  • Awaiting further action by regulators (5)
  • Approved, awaiting first bet (2)

Connecticut

Approved, awaiting further action by regulators

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes reached a groundbreaking deal in 2021 that will allow the pair plus the state lottery to open statewide mobile sportsbooks. The lottery can also open up to 15 retail sportsbooks.

Lawmakers finalized the regulatory language that will allow betting to begin with bipartisan support in May 2021. The enacting compact language is still subject to federal approval, but stakeholders hope betting can begin by fall 2021.

DraftKings, FanDuel and Rush Street Interactive (BetRivers/SugarHouse) will be the three legal online and retail sportsbook operators.

Florida

Approved, awaiting first bet

Florida officials and the Seminole Tribe of Florida announced a groundbreaking deal that would open the door to online and retail sports betting in the state. There are multiple legal and logistical hurdles before wagering can begin, but the biggest single obstacle has been cleared.

Retail books at the Seminole casinos are expected to open Oct. 15. A Hard Rock Digital statewide mobile app is facing multiple lawsuits that could postpone or prevent its launch.

Notably, Miami-based sports betting legislation expert Daniel Wallach said a 2018 constitutional amendment that prohibits lawmakers from passing gaming legislation without a voter referendum would not necessarily stop the legislature from authorizing sports gambling. Federal regulations could still be a major legal stumbling block.

Another option could be a DraftKings and FanDuel-backed ballot measure that could allow voters to approve statewide mobile wagering in 2022. It remains to be seen if this will make the ballot – or earn the 60% threshold for such a measure – but it could be another avenue for legal betting in the Sunshine State.

Louisiana

Approved, awaiting further action by regulators

In 2020, voters in 55 of the state’s 64 parishes supported legal sports betting, including all those around New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Louisiana officials hope to see the first books go live by fall 2021.

Lawmakers have advanced key taxation and regulation bills that would allow online betting in all eligible parishes. Both were signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards shortly after passage.

Maryland

Approved, awaiting further action by regulators

The voters of Maryland said yes to legalizing sports gambling in the Nov. 2020 election, bringing legal wagering to the last remaining Mid-Atlantic state without a licensed sportsbook. In April 2021, lawmakers finalized legislation that allows 60 online and 30 retail options.

There’s still work to do as the regulators has to come up with rules, including what retail establishments will get licenses and how mobile betting will potentially work. Still, officials expect the first bets to be placed by football season 2021.

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Nebraska

Approved, awaiting further action by regulators

Voters approved three constitutional amendments in November that would legalize “games of chance” at Nebraska’s licensed horse tracks. A regulatory bill that permits retail sportsbooks was signed into law, and in-person sports betting could begin at the new brick-and-mortar gaming facilities as early as 2021. The bill won’t permit bets on Nebraska college teams played in the state.

Wisconsin

Approved, awaiting first bet

The Oneida Nation and Gov. Tony Evers announced a deal In July 2021 that permits the tribe to open retail sportsbooks at its casinos. The deal does not permit statewide mobile betting or wagering on in-state college sports. With federal approval granted in August 2021, the tribe hopes to launch sports betting by November 2021.

 

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POSSIBLE 2021 & 2022 (9 TOTAL STATES)

  • Under consideration by legislature (5)
  • 2022 action Possible (4)
  • Tribal action possible (1)

Alabama

2022 action possible

Alabama is one of the few remaining states without a lottery but lawmakers advanced a bill that will permit a state-run lottery and statewide mobile wagering. Passing such a bill remains a difficult task in a state with strong gaming aversions, but proponents believe they could pass a bill in 2022 that would allow voters to approve these gaming options on that yea’rs ballot .

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Georgia

2022 action possible

Polls in Georgia say that voters are in favor of legalized sports betting. Executives from the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta United also came out in support of sports betting in late 2019. A last-minute legalization bill failed in the final moments of the 2020 legislative session, and a similar 2021 proposal failed as well.

Popular support is on sports betting’s side, but it’s not clear if that’s enough to overcome entrenched anti-gambling sentiment in the statehouse. The good news is the 2021 push gives proponents a head start for another chance during next year’s session to put a legalization question on the 2022 ballot.

Kansas

2022 action possible

Kansas seemed like a safe bet to approval legal wagering in 2020 after both the House and Senate introduced bills to do so. However, the COVID-19 pandemic prematurely shuttered that year’s session, and lawmakers will have to take up a new bill (again) in 2022 after falling short in 2021..

The 2020 progress is an encouraging sign, and it appears the idea of sports betting has gained support in Kansas. Key regulatory issues will need to be resolved, and it remains to be seen if online betting is politically palatable, but Kansas could be among the states to pass legal retail betting as early as 2022.

Kentucky

2022 action possible

A sports betting bill zoomed out a legislative committee in the Kentucky House in early 2020, but quickly hit a snag as Republican leadership tanked the bill despite bipartisan support. Conservative, anti-gambling sentiment runs deep in Kentucky and remains a massive political barrier – the 2021 follow-up received little interest.

Kentucky will now have to wait until 2022, at least, for legal sports betting.

The good news is that Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear is a big proponent of sports betting legalization, but until Republicans get on board, Kentucky sports betting may not happen. In that environment, it makes statewide mobile wagering even more difficult.

Maine

Passed by legislature; awaiting governor’s signature

A Maine online sports betting bill seemed like a sure bet until Gov. Janet Mills vetoed what would have been the most competitive market in New England.

Mills was “unconvinced at this time” that the state’s residents wanted expanded gambling, and thought the proposal lacked protections for problem gambling.

A veto override fell a few votes short, but sports betting backers are hoping to work with Mills on a new sports betting bill in 2021. The new bill could be passed into law in January 2022, but it’s not clear if it will have the governor’s support.

Massachusetts

Under consideration by legislature

Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and members of both parties in the Democrat-controlled General Court support sports betting. It still hasn’t passed.

Elected officials have not reached consensus on several key issues, such as which entities would be allowed to take bets and if legal betting should include wagers on in-state college teams. Some want only MGM and Penn National/Barstool to have sports betting since they have casinos in the state, while other legislators favor a fully-competitive market.

Legal wagering doesn’t have some of the massive political or legal obstacles as other states, but the aforementioned issues must first be resolved before online and retail wagering can begin. Legal betting could come to Massachusetts in the next two years.

Missouri

2022 action possible

Multiple bills floated through the legislature in 2020 and 2021 but felt short due to larger concerns about video gaming terminals.

Expect to see some action in 2022 for both online and in-person wagering — especially if Kansas is close to doing the same.

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Ohio

Under consideration by legislature

Ohio is another sports-crazy state that’s behind in legalizing sports gambling, especially given the action in many of its Midwestern neighbors.

Lawmakers held out hope for a bill in the final moments of 2020, but a fresh set of legislators have pushed a new bill for the 2021 session. Lawmakers are still working through the details of the latest bill.

Legal wagering has widespread bipartisan support in the legislative and executive branches, but politicians still need to hammer out a few issues that have stalled legislation for months.

Vermont

Under consideration by legislature

Vermont is one of the few remaining states without casinos, but it may be okay with legal sportsbooks, at least online. The state is considering a study bill and may feel pressured to accept wagering especially as the greater New England market continues to grow.

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2023, BEYOND & NEVER (9 TOTAL STATES)

  • No movement (4)
  • Possible tribal action (2)
  • Longshots under consideration by legislature (2)
  • Possible action in 2023 (1)

Alaska

No movement

Alaska is pretty much nowhere on sports gambling. The 49th state might actually be the 49th to legalize it, if ever.

California

Possible tribal action

California sports betting looks like it will be a reality, but only at tribal casinos and most likely not until 2023.

State tribes successfully pushed a 2022 ballot measure that would allow sportsbooks on tribal grounds and certain horse tracks. Wagering could begin as early as 2023 if approved, but in-person only and not online. 

Many tribal casinos are in more remote parts of the state.

This would disappoint industry stakeholders hoping for statewide onlinebetting in what would be the nation’s most lucrative market. A 2020 proposal that would have allowed mobile sports betting while granting extend gaming options to the state commercial cardrooms fell short.

That’s because the tribes were against giving the state’s many cardrooms table games.

With potentially billions of dollars at stake, gaming interests will still pursue California mobile betting, but it appears the tribal casino-only option is the most likely reality for a legal wagering market.

Hawaii

No movement

Hawaii is one of just two states currently without any major gambling entity of any kind, and it seems sports betting will not be coming to the state for the foreseeable future, if ever.

Idaho

No movement

State laws as written are currently against gambling, save for horse racing. The state doesn’t allow fantasy sports, either and there’s been little political appetite for legal sports betting.

Minnesota

Possible tribal action

Lawmakers have considered sports betting bills in recent years, but the state has not worked out how it would work, and which entities, most notably Minnesota Native American tribes, would be allowed to take bets.

Oklahoma

Possible tribal action

Oklahoma gaming is dominated by Native American entities and most seem disinclined to agree to sports betting until other key issues with the state government are resolved. Two tribes struck sports betting deals in 2020, but those were later invalidated, part of a larger conflict between competition gaming interests and the government.

A court ruling that renewed a previous compact between the two entities gives tribes the upper hand in negotiations with the government. Sports betting, which makes up a small fraction of most casino’s revenues, is a comparatively minor issue as billions of gaming dollars are up for further negotiations.

South Carolina

Longshots under consideration by legislature

Several bills have been introduced in the past in South Carolina, but none have gained any traction. This appears to be a longshot to happen any time soon, especially with deep gambling opposition from the state’s leading political figures.

Texas

Possible action in 2023

Texas would appear to be an unlikely sports betting adopter, but shifting demographics and investment from outside gaming interests make it a possible target in 2023.

The Lone Star State is still a longshot, but some momentum in the 2021 session (the legislature only meets regularly in odd-numbered years) could help move Texas past its long-standing gambling opposition in 2023.

Utah

No movement

Sports betting is likely never coming to Utah, the only state in the continental U.S. without any major legal gaming form.

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