Is Sports Betting Legal in Tennessee?
Yes, but you cannot bet in Tennessee quite yet.
- Can you bet online? Pending
- Can you bet in person? Pending
Gov. Bill Lee let a sports-betting bill become law without his signature in late May 2019. Tennessee will be the first legal state to offer online-only wagering, but it's unclear on when that will occur. Rules still haven't been written, but a draft of regulations sparked much debate, as the state proposed capping the amount a bettor could win at 85% of his/her original stake, far lower than industry standard. Such a rule would not only limit the number of operators interested in paying the $750,000 licensing fee, but it would also drastically impact the overall betting handle in the state.