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Can I Bet Legally On Online Sports In My State?

Can I Bet Legally On Online Sports In My State?

Sports betting is gaining solid ground in the United States, with more and more states legalizing or allowing it, year after year. 

The sports betting legislation is being considered by the officials in many states. In the past years, the number of proposals has sharply increased.

What you need to know, if you live in the United States, is that it depends on the state where you are living if you are allowed to legally bet online or not. The regulations regarding the sports betting are set by the state, and not by the federal legislation.

Also, even though some states allow gambling if you are at least 18 years old, in others the players must be at least 21. 

Before engaging in betting activity, always check the legislation in your state. And that doesn’t mean if it allows it or not, but rather in which form. Some forms of online betting may not be permitted. 

Another thing to have in mind is that the laws and regulations change very often – and almost every time in the direction of allowing the bets. Nonetheless, make sure you are informed.

OK, so which state allows what? Here is a list of some of them:


Here we find Las Vegas and Reno, so this has to top the list. It permits a variety of legal sports betting, and everyone knows that Nevada is the heaven of betting. It has legalized in-person and mobile sports betting.

Just imagine that sports betting is legalized here since 1949.


It became the first state except for Nevada that accepted a legal single-game sports bet. The bets can be waged in person for different sports at three casinos, not online though.


On the other hand, Colorado allows the residents to open accounts online and place wages. Legal sports betting has been launched last May. The state is one of the few that record more than $200 million in monthly betting.


Another state with that amount of money in legalized bets is Indiana. Moreover, only online bets are available in Indiana, not online casinos. Sports betting started in September 2019 just in time for the NFL season. One of the biggest players on the market, Kindred Group, has entered on the local market with the launch of Unibet Sports Indiana on July 2020.

 Can I Bet Legally On Online Sports In My State?


Full mobile betting is available in this state, with online betting being launched last June. As one of the most populated states – and also full of sports – Illinois will be a big player in the US betting industry.


Online sports betting is legal in Michigan, also with full mobile betting. It has also legalized in-person betting, and it offers a wide variety of sports, college contests included.

New Jersey

In-person and mobile sports betting is legal in New Jersey, where by the way you can find the world-famous Atlantic City. It was the third state to take a legal bet. More than 80% of the bets in this state are online.


Pennsylvania is one of the biggest markets in the country, and it launched digital betting in 2019. One year earlier, the sports bets were legalized here. The large population and the number of sports teams will make it one of the highest-grossing states in this area.


Since last November, the online sports bets are regulated in Tennessee too. There are no casinos here, so it is the only state with only online sports betting. 


Sports betting at specific locations and mobile betting are also legal in Virginia. Although wagering online on sports is permitted, the bets on Virginia-based college sports or certain youth sports are not.

New Hampshire

Mobile and in-person sports betting are legal in New Hampshire, and online wagering began in 2019. Similar to other states, there is no betting permitted on state colleges.

New York

While sports betting is legal in New York, that’s not the case for online wagering. However, it may be only a matter of time until online sports betting will be allowed here also, yet we don’t have a timeline.

Meanwhile, in the most populated states, California, Texas and Florida, sports betting is not yet permitted, and there isn’t a timeline for when it may happen.