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Where is it legal?

With so many eyes on the US markets in the iGaming industry this year, it’s time for a rundown of the regulations. Where do we stand with legislation per state?

Hover over the map to see the legislation status, the top sport, the top fans team, and the top sports personality in each state.

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There are only a few states where legal sports betting has already been implemented and citizens can enjoy in-person and mobile betting. However, multiple states have passed bills and are currently putting legislation in place.

The states that currently offer in-person and mobile betting are New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, West-Virginia, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Colorado, Connecticut, Louisiana, South Dakota, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona and Oregon. 

Tennessee and Virginia are the only states in the US that allow mobile sports betting, but not in-person betting.

There are several states that recently passed a bill, but it remains unclear when the legislation will come in to effect and what the specific regulations will be. It’s a possibility that only in-person will be allowed, but some states like Maryland and Washington are already moving towards legal online betting as well.

Many states in the US have seen some sort of legislative activity in the past few years, but they have not yet passed bills to support legislation. Whether or not (online) betting will be legal in those states and how the gambling sphere will be set up remains uncertain.

Only three states have not seen any legislation activity to date: Idaho, Wisconsin, and Utah.

With $82.6m in January 2021, New Jersey was the state with the highest monthly revenue. Nevada ended on the second place with $52.4m monthly revenue in that same month.

A dramatic shift in betting patterns

The United States have seen a shift in betting patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings from the survey conducted by Morning Consult has shown a decrease in offline sports betting, along with more people expressing support towards the legislation of online betting. This is supported by the following findings of the survey:

  • 1.4 million Americans plan to bet in-person at a sportsbook, down 61% from 2020.
  • 1.8 million bettors plan to place a bet with a bookie, down 21%.

Moreover, a research conducted by the American Gaming Association (AGA) showed that among Super Bowl bettors, a record 7.6 million will bet with online sportsbooks, up 63% from 2020.

Not only the Super Bowl will attract many bettors in the United States, the NCAA March Madness will see an increase in the amount of bets this year, according to the AGA.

18% of all Americans plan to wager on the tournament, with online betting expected to increase with almost 207 percent compared to 2019.


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