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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 in Pope County and Jefferson County will also be granted licenses. So far, only Oaklawn Jockey Club and the Saracen Casino Annex in Jefferson County have opened an operational sportsbook.
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 now offering sports betting in Indiana. Additionally, operators are permitted to offer mobile sports betting following a last-minute amendment to HB1015. So far only two casinos have launched a mobile and/or online sportsbook in Indiana and those are Ameristar Casino and French Lick Casino.
Sports betting in Iowa was signed into law in May of 2019 and then launched in the state in August of 2019. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is in charge of regulating the industry and oversees the casinos that operate and offer the activity. Online sportsbooks in Iowa are tethered to retail locations. Both mobile sports betting apps and retail sports wagering venues are now offered in the state.
In Mississippi, 23 licensed casinos offer sports betting, but on-premise only. Mobile sports betting apps in Mississippi are 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. A Mississippi sports betting bill to expand mobile wagering apps outside of casinos was introduced in the 2019 legislature, but it was not signed into law.
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. According to New Hampshire sports betting laws, there can only be a total of 10 retail sportsbooks in the state and 5 different state-wide mobile betting apps.
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.
New Jersey offers in-person sports betting in 12 separate locations and online sports betting is available through 16 differnt sites and apps. New Jersey was the second state to launch state-regulated sports betting in June of 2018 and the first legal sports bet was placed at Monmouth Park.
To many people’s surprise, sports betting in New York has actually been legal since 2013 when NY voters approved the construction of four commercial casinos in the state. That voter referendum paved the way for those casinos and for tribal casinos to open sportsbooks in NY in 2019. However, sports betting in NY is restricted to only in-person betting at these gaming establishments. A mobile/online sports betting bill was introduced during the state’s 2019 legislative session, and while it did pass the Senate, it died in an Assembly committee.
North Carolina was able to legalize sports betting in a state that is traditionally against gaming expansion by simply updating the existing tribal gaming laws. The passing of NC SB 154 added sports wagering and horse race betting to the list of games that the Cherokee owned casinos could offer. There are only two Cherokee owned casinos, both of them are located on the western side of the state, and neither of them have opened N.C. sportsbooks yet. They are not allowed to offer online or mobile sports betting outside of their physical property.
A certain type of sports betting in Oregon was actually available before PASPA was passed in 1992 and it is because of this reason that the state was grandfathered into the law. After PASPA was repealed the state didn’t have to pass any new laws to bring about full-fledged sports wagering. The activity is now available at tribal casinos and through a state-wide mobile sports betting app powered by the Oregon Lottery. However, the lottery does not offer collegiate betting at this time.
Pennsylvania was one of the few states that anticipated the repeal of PASPA and passed a sports betting law in 2017. Pennsylvania sports betting laws requires that operators pay a license fee of $10 million and a tax rate of 36% for any money generated from sports wagering. Despite this huge ask, nearly every casino that was able to apply for sports waging did. There are now several retail sportsbooks across the state and multiple sports betting apps that can be accessed from anywhere in the state.
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 either be physically present in a casino or use the one and only mobile sports wagering app in Rhode Island. RI S 37 was passed in March of 2019 and legalized mobile betting through the state’s two casinos. Mobile betting in Rhode Island is 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. 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. There are also two online sports betting apps in West Virginia and those are FanDuel and DraftKings.