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U.S. Sports Betting – news in a post-PASPA world
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In May 2018, PASPA – a federal law the previously prevented sports betting in the U.S. (with a few exceptions) – was lifted, paving the way for the positive change we want to see in the world of U.S. gambling and betting.
Here is where sports betting is currently legal in the United States:
Following a state referendum in Arkansas, voters gave their support to Issue 4. Part of a wider push to authorize four casinos within Arkansas, Issue 4 also opened the doors to legal sports betting. Under the terms of the bill, Oaklawn Jockey Club and the Southland Racing Corporation were automatically granted licenses. Two additional Arkansas sports betting venues will open as part of the deal.
The state of Delaware was the first state in the country to introduce legal sports betting post-PASPA. However, sports betting in Deleware is still restricted to the state’s three racinos. Those gaming facilities are Harrington Raceway and Casino, Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, and Casino @ Delaware Park. There have been no bills introduced yet that would legalize mobile sportsbooks in Delaware.
In Illinois, Governor Jay Robert Pritzker signed Senate Bill 690 (SB690) into law on June 28. The move was part of a $45 billion capital plan designed to help fund local schools, hospitals and amenities. In signing the bill, Pritzker ended a long-running debate between sports leagues, local officials and gaming operators. Under the terms of SB690, Illinois online sportsbooks as well as live betting venues are permitted.
The Hoosier State legalized sports betting in May 2019. Following positive votes by the House and Senate on HB1015, locals were given the opportunity to access legal live and online sports betting facilities. Hoosier Park and Tropicana Evansville are among the two of the 13 venues able to offer sports betting in Indiana. Additionally, operators are permitted to offer mobile sports betting following a last-minute amendment to HB1015. None have applied to offer this feature quite yet.
In Mississippi, 23 licensed casinos offer sports betting, but on-premise only. Mobile sports betting apps in Mississippi is also restricted to be used inside state-licensed casinos. The first tribal casino to enter the sports betting market was the Pearl River Resort, run by the Choctaw Indian tribe.
In Montana, House Bill 725 (HB725) was the route into the regulated US sports betting market. Following the likes of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Montana legalized bookmakers but with some caveats. When Governor Steve Bullock signed the bill in May 2019, he gave full control of the industry to the Montana Lottery. This means the state lottery will be in sole control of Montana’s sports betting industry. What’s more, mobile betting is restricted to licensed venues, meaning you can’t bet from home.
In Nevada, sports betting, poker, and casino games are all allowed. To be able to bet on sports you would have to register for an account at a casino first. Most of these casinos offer live betting and online sports betting apps have been around since 2010.
In New Hampshire, sports betting became legal in June 2019. The New Hampshire Lottery controls the local market and oversees all licensing and regulation. Currently, no operators have a license yet although the usual gambling brands are likely going to be active here too as soon as they have gone through the licensing procedures.
Santa Ana Star Casino and Hotel was the first Native American tribe to offer sports betting in New Mexico. Although there aren’t any new laws permitting sports betting within the state, Santa Ana used a clause within the Tribal Gaming Compact to launch a legal sportsbook in October 2018. Since then, Buffalo Thunder Casino and Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino launched their own sports betting kiosks in March and July 2019, respectively. Despite its live bookmaking provisions, New Mexico doesn’t yet offer mobile or online sports betting.
Rhode Island sports betting is limited to only two casinos: Twin River and Tiverton Casino. Here, the state lottery oversees all legal sports betting. To wager on sports, you will have to be physically present in a casino until mobile betting is launched. RI S 37 was passed in March of 2019 and legalized mobile betting through the state’s two casinos. Mobile betting in Rhode Island will be available state-wide, however, you will still have to register to use the app in-person at one of the Twin River locations.
Tennessee is slightly different to other US sports betting states in that it’s an online-only affair. SB16 underwent First Consideration in January 2019 and eventually made it into law in May. All licensed operators will be subject to a 20% tax rate and all Tennessee sportsbooks will only be available online or via mobile.
As the end of 2018 loomed, the District of Columbia approved the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act. By January 2019, Mayor Muriel Bowser gave the bill her seal of approval allowing it to go before Congress. With another positive round of voting, Washington DC sports betting became a reality soon after. The DC Lottery has sole control of the state’s one and only bookmaking app, while the state’s lack of casinos means betting will be available offline at kiosks and sports stadiums.
In West Virginia, the gambling industry is regulated by the state lottery. Online betting is legal but it is not currently operational. Wheeling Island Casino, Mardi Gras Casino, and the BetLucky state-wide mobile sports betting app all suspended sports gambling operations due to a contract dispute between their parent company and third-party vendors. Three casinos operate sports betting at the moment: Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, The Greenbrier and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.