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Where Can You Bet on Sports in the US? A Complete Guide to Legal US Sportsbooks

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The US sports betting industry is a rapidly expanding entity. Prior to the downfall of the Professional And Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), finding a sportsbook was simple. Given how the law was structured, only operators in Nevada were allowed to offer full sports betting options to those within state lines.

Now, however, things are very different. With New Jersey winning the battle to classify PASPA as unconstitutional, states are able to enact their own laws. Naturally, New Jersey has become the epicenter of change, but innovations are spreading across the US. For you as a sports fan, keeping track of the latest developments can be tricky.

Using our US betting timeline, you’ll be able to see how we got to where we are today. Beyond that, our sports betting revenue tracker will show you how much each state is earning. However, in terms of where you can place a bet, things are always changing.

To help you understand how the land lies right now, we’ve collated the latest state options. Based on the lists below, you should be able find a suitable sports betting vendor within your state or somewhere nearby.

Nevada Sports Betting Sites and Live Venues

Nevada sign. (Image: Evolving Science)
Nevada sports betting. (Image: Evolving Science)

Although Nevada was allowed to accept sports bets during the PASPA era, it’s now home to even more options. Virtually every major casino on the Las Vegas strip has a sportsbook while venues outside of the gambling capital, such as Reno, have live betting options.

Online, there are multiple desktop and mobile sports betting apps, including:

  • Wynn Sports
  • William Hill
  • Westgate Superbook
  • Treasure Island Sports
  • South Point Sports
  • Station Casinos STN Sports
  • NV Sports
  • PlayMGM Sports
  • Golden Nugget Sports
  • CG Technology (provides software for The Cosmopolitan, Hard Rock, The Venetian and others)
  • Caesars Sports
  • B-Connected Sports
  • Atlantis Sports

New Jersey Sports Betting Sites and Live Venues

New Jersey sign. (Image: Host Healthcare)
New Jersey sports betting. (Image: Host Healthcare)

Going live on June 14, 2018, New Jersey’s sports betting industry is now one of the most lucrative in the US. In fact, during the early stages of 2019, the Garden State moved closer to Nevada in terms of revenue. This surge has been helped by the rise of live and online sports betting across New Jersey.

New Jersey Live Betting Venues

  • The Borgata Sportsbook
  • William Hill at Ocean Resort
  • Resorts Sportsbook
  • FanDuel at Meadowlands Racetrack
  • William Hill at Monmouth Park Racetrack
  • William Hill at Tropicana
  • The Book at Harrah’s
  • Hard Rock Sports
  • Wild Wild West Sportsbook at Bally’s
  • Caesars Sports
  • Golden Nugget Sportsbook

New Jersey Online Betting Sites and Apps

  • BetStars NJ
  • DraftKings Sports NJ
  • FanDuel Sports NJ
  • PlayMGM Sports NJ
  • 888Sports NJ
  • William Hill NJ
  • PlaySugarHouse Sports NJ
  • Caesars Sports NJ
  • Hard Rock Sports
  • Resorts Sports NJ
  • Golden Nugget Sports NJ
  • Unibet Sports NJ
  • PointsBet NJ

Pennsylvania Sports Betting Sites and Live Venues

Pennsylvania sign. (Image: US Chamber of Commerce)
Pennsylvania sports betting. (Image: US Chamber of Commerce)

Regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the Keystone State’s first official sports bet was placed on November 15, 2018, at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. Since then Pennsylvania has gradually introduced more live venues, including:

  • SugarHouse Casino
  • Parx Casino and Racing
  • Rivers Casino
  • Valley Forge Turf Club
  • Valley Forge Casino
  • South Philadelphia Turf Club
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia

As well as live sports betting, Penn online sportsbooks have been given the go ahead by state officials. At the time of writing, no sites were live. However, it’s expected Pennsylvania online sports betting will start in May 2019.

Rhode Island Sports Betting Sites and Live Venues.

Rhode Island sign. (Image: Transport Topics)
Rhode Island sports betting. (Image: Transport Topics)

One of the smaller US sports betting states, Rhode Island jumped on the bandwagon in November 2018. As you’d expect from a region that only spans just over 1,200 square miles, Rhode Island’s betting options are limited. However, if you are within state lines, you can bet on sports inside Twin River Casino, Lincoln, and Twin River Tiverton Casino and Hotel, Tiverton.

*At this time, there are no online sports betting provisions in Rhode Island.

West Virginia Sports Betting Sites and Live Venues

West Virginia sign. (Image: Pintrest)
West Virginia sports betting. (Image: Pintrest)

West Virginia was one of the first states to embrace regulated sports betting. Under the current legal framework both live and online betting are permissible. However, operators are limited to a maximum of three online skins. Additionally, sportsbooks can’t take bets on high school events.

As yet, only one sports betting app has gone live in West Virginia. However, after running into issues with its software supplier, BetLucky Sportsbook was taken offline in early 2019. This situation is likely to change. But, at this point, there are no online sports betting options in WV.

What residents can do, however, is bet on sports in the following live venues:

  • Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort
  • Hollywood Casino Charles Town Races
  • The Greenbrier
  • Mardi Gras Casino & Resort (operations currently suspended)
  • Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack (operations currently suspended)

Mississippi Sports Betting Sites and Live Venues

Mississippi sign. (Image: Fortune)
Mississippi sports betting. (Image: Fortune)

Mississippi has always been a gambling-friendly state. Even when regulations prevented casino gaming in certain parts of the US, Mississippi kept up traditions by offering riverboat gambling. Today, sports betting is fully regulated in the Magnolia State.

Within the legal documents there are no specific clauses that prohibit online betting. However, there are also no provisions for it. Because of this uncertainty, operators have focused primarily on live sports betting. Today, there are 23 venues accepting bets:

  • Fitzgerald’s Tunica
  • Boomtown Casino Biloxi
  • Gold Strike Tunica
  • Ameristar Casino Hotel
  • Golden Nugget Biloxi
  • Beau Rivage
  • Hard Rock Casino Biloxi
  • Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort
  • Harlow’s Casino Resort
  • Harrah’s Gulf Coast
  • Palace Casino
  • Magnolia Bluffs Casino
  • 1st Jackpot Casino Tunica
  • Riverwalk Casino Hotel
  • Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast
  • IP Casino Biloxi
  • Island View Casino
  • Silver Slipper Casino
  • Isle of Capri
  • Sam’s Town Tunica
  • Hollywood Casino Tunica
  • WaterView Casino and Hotel
  • Treasure Bay Casino

Delaware Sports Betting Sites and Live Venues

Delaware sign. (Image: The Daily Chronic)
Delaware sports betting. (Image: The Daily Chronic)

Under the terms of PASPA, Delaware was allowed to offer parlay betting. Buoyed by this, the state moved to offer all forms of sports betting in June 2018. Governor John Carney placed the first wager on June 5 and, today, Delaware’s three casinos – Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway – have helped generate north of $100 million in revenue.

For online betting fans, the First State has three active platforms:

  • Delaware Park Online
  • Dover Downs Online Gaming
  • Harrington Online

New Mexico Sports Betting Sites and Live Venues

New Mexico sign. (Image: YouTube/SoNowYouveSeenThis)
New Mexico sports betting. (Image: YouTube/SoNowYouveSeenThis)

In reality, New Mexico isn’t a true US sports betting state. The local government hasn’t passed any specific laws permitting live and online betting. However, under a tribal gaming pact, Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel has been able to offer sports bets since October 2018. Although that doesn’t technically make it legal, it’s also not illegal. Therefore, if you’re in New Mexico, you can place bets at Santa Ana Star without any problems.

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