Is Sports Betting Online Legal? US Sports Betting Legalization

Is sports betting online legal? It is now, if you live in a jurisdiction that allows it. When PASPA was overturned in May 2018, it opened the proverbial floodgates for sports betting. Not all states have adopted the proper legislation to take bets and not all states allow for mobile wagering, but those that do are flourishing when it comes to revenue, particularly from the mobile sportsbook apps and websites. Prior to May 2018, sports betting was done online through some iffy channels with offshore sportsbooks and pay-per-head shops. Bookies were operating locally. It wasn’t hard to get your bets in if you wanted to and many people wanted to.

Now, with the Supreme Court decision and a lot more acceptance of sports betting, there are a lot of places to bet on sports online. You just have to live in a state that has passed laws that allow for online wagering.

As of December 2019, Nevada, New Jersey, Indiana, Iowa, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Montana, and Mississippi do allow online sports betting of some kind. Mississippi has one notable difference. Mobile wagering is only allowed on the property of a place with a retail sportsbook. You cannot just bet anywhere in the state like you can with other apps and other jurisdictions.

In the other states with mobile betting, geolocation tracking will ensure that you are within the borders of the state. When that is confirmed, you will have access to your real money account, but only within the borders of the state in which you sign up in most cases.


Nevada was offering mobile and online betting before PASPA was even overturned. As we know, sports betting has been legal in Nevada for a long time and apps like William Hill, Caesars, Westgate, Circa, MGM, CG Technology, Stations, and Boyd have been in operation for quite some time.

New Jersey

We have New Jersey to thank for the current state of sports betting in the U.S. Senator Ray Lesniak and former Governor Chris Christie, among others played a huge role in taking on the leagues and the outdated laws that were prohibiting sports betting across the country.

At time of writing, New Jersey offered online sports betting through DraftKings, Fanduel, Caesars, BetMGM, Borgata, Hard Rock, PointsBet, 888sport, Parx, SugarHouse, BetRivers, Fox Bet, Golden Nugget, theScore, Resorts, Unibet, BetAmerica, and bet365.

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Indiana is a relative newcomer to the online sports betting world, but the state is certainly thriving thanks to its proximity to Chicago and other factors. The state is rich in basketball tradition and that is sure to drive a lot of sports betting revenue as well.

Though there are 15 retail sportsbooks in the state, DraftKings, Fanduel, and BetRivers are the only online sportsbooks in operation at time of writing. Other operators are likely to come online soon, including Caesars, William Hill, and BetAmerica.

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Iowa is a little bit different from the other states in that you need to sign up for an account at a retail sportsbook. Once you do, however, you can bet from anywhere in the state. Iowa has Elite Sportsbook, through a partnership with Bet.Works, and Fanduel. Other operators are likely to come online sooner rather than later.

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Rhode Island

Rhode Island offers sports betting through the state lottery in partnership with William Hill, which is one of the most prominent sports betting operators in the world. It is a world-class app to say the least. Rhode Island has offered sports betting since 2018, but just recently came online in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Retail sports betting is available at Twin River Casino in Lincoln and also the Twin River Casino in Tiverton.

West Virginia

West Virginia has five retail sportsbooks and two primary sports betting operators in terms of the online and mobile sides of things. DraftKings and Fanduel are both in operation in the Mountaineer State. BetLucky was actually the first to market, but the app failed and shut down operations early in 2019.

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Not surprisingly, Pennsylvania is a state overrun with online sports betting. Its proximity to the heart of it all in New Jersey meant that PA needed to be competitive, especially with Philadelphia so close to the state border. Pennsylvania has several retail casinos and several operators that take mobile bets.

Pennsylvania currently offers mobile betting from anywhere within the state borders with Fanduel, DraftKings, Parx, SugarHouse, BetRivers, Fox Bet, and Unibet. We have reviews of all of those operators right here at ATS and we encourage you to check those out to see which sportsbook is best for you and also to take advantage of some great promo codes and bonuses.

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Oregon recently went online with its version of sports betting through the state lottery with the Scoreboard app. Right now, Oregon does not have any additional operators, so you will have to use their app and the lottery to place your bets.


Montana has begun its own version of sports betting with the Sports Bet Montana app. That is also run by the state.


Last, but certainly not least, is Mississippi, but, again, it is limited to being on the property of a gambling venue.

More States Coming Soon!

There are several states that will come online over the course of 2020.


Colorado has already passed legislation to begin accepting legal wagers. Colorado will allow for mobile betting anywhere within the state borders and the expectation is for a launch in May 2020.


The amount of money going across the border from Chicago to Indiana is simply staggering. As a result, Illinois is moving very quickly. Like the law in Iowa, Illinois residents will have to sign up in person, but then they will be able to bet from anywhere in the state. That should occur sometime fairly early in 2020.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire will be going online in 2020 and DraftKings will be the primary provider for those that are looking for action.


Tennessee passed legislation late in 2019 to allow online sports betting. We’ll likely see them live sometime in the middle of 2020.


Ohio is finally making progress and could get something passed in the first quarter of 2020. The House bill favors control for the Ohio Lottery Commission. The Senate bill favors the Casino Commission, which would mean additional operators, probably like DraftKings, Fanduel, or the others that take up a big chunk of the market in other states.

New York

The loss of potential tax money to New Jersey hasn’t forced New York’s hand as of yet, but it should. There are casinos upstate that offer retail sports betting, but nothing has worked out in terms of online betting. That should happen sometime in 2020 or 2021.


Delaware has offered sports betting for a while, but has yet to pass an online component.

New Mexico

New Mexico is taking retail wagers, but does not have the infrastructure set up for taking online bets as of yet.

We’ll be keeping an eye on all of this as we head into 2020, so we suggest you keep an eye on us here at ATS.