It really only takes one word to sum up the state of sports betting in Utah.
Of course, that doesn’t really get page rankings, so we’ll try to spice it up a little bit.
If all of the states were to adopt legalized sports betting, Utah would be the 52nd to do it. Astute readers will point out how there are only 50 states. That’s the joke. That’s the point.
There are no land-based casinos in Utah. The state does not allow for charitable gaming or bingo. Utah doesn’t even have a state lottery. The only other states without lotteries are Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, and Nevada. Mississippi was previously on that list, but the lottery began there in 2019.
There are a lot of religious objections to gambling in the state of Utah and that is one of many reasons why sports betting will pretty much never come to the Beehive State. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints strongly opposes gambling and over half of Utah’s population is made up of people that identify as LDS members.
Utah and Hawaii are the only two states that outlaw all forms of gambling. That doesn’t appear likely to change anytime soon. Jokes aside, sports betting could be legal in the other 48 states, but it really, truly feels like Hawaii and Utah would be holdouts.
Legislation has never even really been proposed to legalize sports betting and probably never will be. This is a state that simply will not have sports betting.
Well, as we’ve made it pretty clear to this point, you don’t. You can’t. You won’t.
Fortunately, for those sports fans and other gamblers that are looking to get some bets in, you are in luck. Nevada is the Mecca of sports betting and is the state on the western border of Utah. Furthermore, Colorado to the east has approved betting and will be starting in May 2020. New Mexico, another one of the Four Corners states, offers retail sports betting through tribal casinos.
Idaho doesn’t look to be adopting sports betting legislation anytime soon, but Wyoming is actually seriously considering the prospect, so that could be an option as well.
The other Four Corners state, Arizona, does not allow for sports betting to this point, but there are a lot of casinos and there could be a lot more pressure as the years go by.
For those in Utah, though, there is not and there will never be the opportunity to bet on sports at home.