Online Gambling in USA: States to Gamble Online Legally (up to date as of 18th September 2021) 🇺🇸
After the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the federal ban on sports gambling, several states have decided to legalize the activity, both online and in retail.
Our aim as a website is to shed light on the different states in which online gambling is legalized. Please keep in mind that just because one form of online gambling is allowed (i.e. online casino) in a state doesn’t mean that all other forms of online gambling (i.e. sports gambling) are allowed.
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As you can see, out of the 50 states in America, only 15 have authorized one or more forms of online gambling. There are quite a few states that are considering online gambling legalization as we speak, including New York, California, Florida, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.
Let’s look state by state at where their legislation is currently up to.
New Jersey stands tall as the USA’s largest market for legalized online gambling. The state is home to over a dozen licensed online poker rooms and casino sites. The market in the state of New Jersey is worth over $225 million per year. Forms of legal online gambling in New Jersey include online casino, online poker, and online sports betting.
Some of the most notable online casinos in New Jersey include Golden Nugget Online, Virgin Casino, and Tropicana Online. For sports betting, DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and William Hill Sportsbook. For online poker, 888 Poker NJ, PokerStars NJ, and WSOP.com NJ.
The only form of online gambling that’s allowed in the state of Illinois is online sports gambling. The activity became legal in June of 2019, with the first sportsbook being launched in March of 2020. In June of 2020, BetRivers was launched by Rivers Casino, becoming the first online sportsbook in Illinois.
There are plenty of other online sportsbooks that were launched in Illinois, the most prominent of which is William Hill, which was launched in September of 2020.
Similar to New Jersey, all sorts of online gambling activities are licensed in Pennsylvania, from online casinos and poker to online sports betting. All became available in 2019. In PA, you can place bets in person or online via mobile app or websites.
Among the most notable online casinos in Pennsylvania are BetRivers, Unibet, and Hollywood Casino Online. There are numerous major players when it comes to online poker, from Harrah’s, Mount Airy, Parx, and Hollywood Casino to Rivers Casino Philadelphia, Wind Creek, and Valley Forge. As far as sports betting, Unibet, DraftKings, and FanDuel are the most prominent.
West Virginia is another state where online gambling is thriving. Online sports betting, casinos, and poker are all legalized in WV, with sports betting being the first to become legal (2018). It’s worth noting that West Virginia has its very own online sports betting apps already.
The most prominent entities when it comes to online sports betting in WV are DraftKings and FanDuel. As far as live online casinos, DraftKings Casino and BetMGM are the ones to go for. There could be more online casinos in the near future.
As far as online poker, there aren’t any live sites yet. However, major casinos like the Hollywood Casino, Mardi Gras Casino, Wheeling Island, and others are expected to launch live sites in the future.
Online gambling has been legalized in the state of Michigan since December of 2019. Plenty of retail sportsbooks have gone live, but online platforms are yet to come. Sports gambling, poker, and casinos are all legal in Michigan.
In Indiana, only online sports betting is allowed since October of 2019. There are no plans for online poker or casinos in the state of Indiana.
Retail and mobile sports betting are available in the state, with several big-name sportsbooks like FanDuel, BetRivers, and DraftKings. It’s also worth noting that Unibet was launched very recently. In total, Indiana has 8 different online sportsbooks.
As you probably know, online sports betting and poker have been available in Nevada for quite some time; since 2010 and 2013, respectively. Still, the state has zero plans for online casinos, which is pretty odd considering Nevada is the casino capital of the United States.
The most notable apps for sports betting in the Silver State are Westgate Superbook, William Hill, and B-Connected. For online poker, WSOP.com Nevada is king.
Tennessee is a newcomer when it comes to online gambling. Online sports gambling is the only activity that’s allowed in the state since November of 2020. Note that retail sports betting is NOT allowed in Tennessee as of yet. Currently, there are no plans for online poker or casinos.
The most eminent sites for sports betting in Tennessee are DraftKings, BetMGM, and FanDuel. It’s also worth noting that Action 24/7 has successfully acquired a conditional license to run from the Tennessee Education Lottery.
New Hampshire is yet another state where only online sports betting is allowed. Currently, there are no plans to legalize online casinos and online poker. As of now, the only online sportsbook in New Hampshire is DraftKings. It’s also available in retail. It’s expected that more sportsbooks will be launched in the near future, both online and in retail.
In the state of Iowa, the only legal form of online gambling is online sports betting. The state has no plans for online poker and online casinos. Online sports betting was launched in IA in August of 2019, and within only 6 months, the state has managed to launch 5 sportsbooks. However, in order to engage in sports betting, you have to download the app and register first. Then, you’re required to complete the registration process in person at the casino of your choice.
The most notable sites for online sports gambling in Iowa include DraftKings, William Hill, and PointsBet. The most notable retail sportsbooks are FanDuel, The Book of Horseshoe Council Bluffs, Q Sportsbook, PointsBet Sportsbook, and Elite Sportsbook.
Online sports gambling, casinos, and poker are all allowed in the state of Delaware. It’s actually the first state to launch retail sports betting. Sadly, no major casinos have any apps yet.
As far as online casinos, however, Delaware’s leading acts are Harrington Raceway, Delaware Park, and Rover Downs. These three are also the leading sites when it comes to online poker.
Once again, the only form of legal online betting is online sports betting in the state of Oregon. The only online sportsbook in Oregon is the Oregon Lottery Scorebook, which was launched back in October of 2019. The mobile app boasts an impressive library of different types of bets as well as many live betting options.
Colorado is another state that has unlocked its virtual doors for online sports gambling, with BetMGM and BetRivers being the two most notable acts there. Currently, the state has zero plans for online casinos or online poker as of yet.
Online sports betting is legal in the state of Rhode Island, with Twin River Casino and Twin River Tiverton being its two biggest acts. There are no plans for online casinos and online poker as of yet.
Since March 2020, Montana has jumped on the bandwagon of online sports betting legalization. The state is yet to declare any plans that have to do with the legislation of online casinos and poker. Keep in mind, however, that mobile betting in the state of Montana is limited to authorized lottery retailers and taverns. Intralot is the act that handles all of the state’s sports betting affairs.