Where is sports wagering legal in the United States?

After the United States Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on wagering outside Nevada, states quickly began to legalize and regulate sports wagering. So far, there are 11 states with legal sports betting industries, with more on the way. Tennessee, Montana, Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, and New Hampshire all legalized wagering in 2019. Here is the current status in some states that have taken action:

New Jersey

Timeline for sports wagering: Legal as of June 2018.

Is betting online legal? Yes

Is betting offline legal? Yes

New Jersey is the reason why sports betting is spreading in the US. New Jersey won a US Supreme Court case which struck down the federal ban. Wagering is legal at its racetracks and in Atlantic City casinos, along with various mobile and online platforms.

Pennsylvania

Timeline for sports wagering: Legal as of November 2018

Is betting online legal? Yes

Is betting offline legal? Yes

Pennsylvania provides a number of sportsbooks in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, with more opening proximately. SugarHouse is the first online sports betting app to launch in Pennsylvania as of May 2019.

Nevada

Timeline for sports wagering: It’s been legal in the state for decades.

Is betting online legal? Yes, but only via mobile devices.

Is betting offline legal? Yes, there are sportsbooks across the state.

Nevada sports wagering is the grandfather of them all. Casinos around Nevada and Las Vegas already take bets at physical sportsbooks. And most casinos also offer a mobile app that allows you to wager anywhere in the state.

If you want to bet while enjoying other things Las Vegas can offer, the Strip is the place for you. Huge sportsbooks can be found across the city during major sporting events.

Iowa

Timeline for sports wagering: Legal as of August 2019

Is betting online legal? Yes, but with in-person signup at the beginning

Is betting offline legal? Yes.

The state legalized betting and started both retail and mobile sports wagering in August 2019.

Legal sports betting in Iowa could begin August 15

The Racing and Gaming Commission of Iowa gave its final go-ahead Tuesday to legalize sports wagering, including fantasy sports contests, and approve license applications made by its state-regulated casinos.

Legalized betting at 18 casinos of Iowa is planned to be taken as early as noon on Aug. 15 thanks to the commission’s approval of sports betting contracts at its meeting in West Des Moines. The casinos will oversee bets taken on-site as well as online betting.

In terms of fantasy sports, gamblers will create virtual teams that consist of real pro athletes from a certain sport. They then compete against each other and the results will be based on how their players perform in actual competitions.

Supreme Court of the United States cleared the way for sports betting beyond the borders of Nevada in a ruling that was issued last year. And earlier this year, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law that allows such bets on most college and professional athletic events at the casinos that have been designated.

The new law establishes a 6.75% state tax rate on sports-betting revenues coming into casinos. The owners of the casinos are also required to pay an initial $45,000 license fee and renewal fees amounting to $10,000.

Only those who are at least 21 years old will be allowed to engage in legalized sports wagering. With this new law, it is expected that the casinos can also attract sports-betting tourists from other states. And according to media reports, mobile apps that are used to place such wagers will be designed to work only within Iowa’s borders.

However, there are restrictions on some types of wagers. In-game betting involving college teams which call Iowa home will not be allowed.

According to the American Gaming Association, the state’s gaming industry employs about 15,000 people and has an economic effect estimated at $2.5 billion in total. The association also reports that the wages for the industry amount to just under $620 million per year.

The approval comes just before the college football season toward the end of August. And then the National Football League is going to start its games during the first week of September.