There are only a few states that have had no movement on the legalization of sports betting. Most of them are states without a pro sports team or states that have overarching factors, like the lack of casino gambling or a lottery or a religious stance.
Idaho falls into a couple of those groups. First, Idaho doesn’t have any pro sports teams, as we know. There are a few Division I colleges for college basketball and college football, but the closest pro teams are in Seattle or Portland, depending on where you live in the state.
To this point, Idaho has not explored sports betting. Idaho does have some form of casino gaming and does have a state lottery, so it is possible than an expansion of gambling does come at some point. Tribal casinos and charitable gaming are the two forms, but the tribes have not expressed a great interest in adding betting, as they have in some states like Michigan, New Mexico, and California.
Idaho is one of just about every state that allows for betting on horses because it is pari-mutuel, but most forms of online gambling are banned, including DFS sites like DraftKings and FanDuel. Like a lot of states, even with PASPA being overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in Murphy v. NCAA, an expansion of gambling to include sports betting would require an amendment to the state constitution.
It is very hard to see the laws in Idaho changing anytime soon.
How Do I Bet on Sports in Idaho?
By leaving the state. Washington is in process of passing sports betting at tribal casinos, but it remains to be seen if that will be retail-only or if online and mobile betting will be included. Montana has the Sports Bet Montana app through the state lottery, but that has been met with a lot of criticism.
Wyoming is actually moving towards legalized betting, so that could be an option one day. Oregon, like Montana, offers sports betting through the lottery. Nevada to the south remains the epicenter of sports betting, though a major Mecca like Las Vegas is definitely a plane ride away from the major cities in Idaho.
Utah is a state that is just about a lock to never introduce sports betting. Idaho has better odds than that, but don’t expect it to happen anytime soon.