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Wanna bet? Explaining where all 50 states stand on legalizing sports gambling



It has been over three years since the United States Supreme Court delivered a landmark decision to strike down the federal ban on sports gambling that prohibited betting on sports in most states. Since that ruling, which left the legality of sports gambling up to state-level government, many states have legalized sports betting or are in the process of doing it. 

Prior to the Supreme Court ruling, Nevada was the only state in which a bettor could wager on the results of a game.

Here’s a state-by-state examination of where the country stands on sports gambling, as of 2022. And remember, if you live in a state where sports gambling is legal, check out SportsLine for expert predictions.


Alabama: Not legal.

The state has proposed multiple bills, including one in 2021, but all have been shot down. Alabama currently doesn’t have any commercial casinos.

Alaska: Not legal.

In 2020, the state put legalizing sports betting under consideration and Gov. Mike Dunleavy even showed support for the bill. However, the COVID-19 pandemic put an end to its consideration and the bill ended up expiring in May 2020.

Arizona: Legal.


Sports betting became legal on April 15, 2021. The legislation in place permits 20 operators in Arizona.

Arkansas: Legal. 

The state’s first official sportsbook (Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort) began operating in July of 2021, and there will be multiple others on the way, though the state is still prohibiting mobile online wagering

California: Not legal, but legislation proposed.

A number of bills have been put to the senate, but none have been successful. There is currently a third sports betting bill that is being proposed and there’s increasing optimism that it could pass.


Colorado: Legal.

Colorado became the 19th state to legalize betting and as of May 1, 2020 multiple operators allowed residents to open accounts online and place wagers.

In the 2020 election, Colorado expanded both the number and type of casino games it is able to offer. The state also eliminated some wagering limits.

Connecticut: Legal.

Sports betting is officially allowed in Connecticut as of September 30, 2021.


Delaware: Legal. 

Less than a month after the Supreme Court’s decision, Delaware moved to fully legalize sports betting. Three casinos began operating sportsbooks in June and the state is looking to add additional locations as well as mobile betting. 

Florida: It’s complicated. Sports betting was temporarily approved and legal, but now it is awaiting another launch due to a legal issue

Lawmakers in Florida approved sports betting in 2021. However, lawsuits in court have delayed the official beginning of betting in the state. Just three weeks after being approved, and accepting bets briefly, a judge ruled that an agreement between the state and the Seminole Tribe was illegal. The Seminole Tribe and Hard Rock Sportsbook had launched online sports betting on Nov. 1, 2021, but the app was shut down due to the ongoing legal battle.

Georgia: Not legal.


The lawmakers in Georgia considered legalizing sports betting in 2020 and 2021, but neither bill made it past the house. However, a new bill is expected to be introduced again in 2022.

Hawaii: Not legal.

A bill was proposed in January of 2019 that would’ve allowed for the regulation of sports gambling through a newly-established corporation, but the bill was denied.

Idaho: Not legal.

No legislation proposed.


Illinois: Legal.

Legislation was passed in June to allow sports gambling, though in-state collegiate games will be off-limits under the new law. It will make gambling lawful in a variety of locations both in-person (including at Wrigley Field) and online. Bets were allowed in the state as of March 9, 2020.

Indiana: Legal. 

Wagering on pro and college sports became legal in September of 2019 with both mobile and in-person betting permitted at multiple locations.

Iowa: Legal.


Iowa legalized sports gambling in 2019, with multiple sites beginning to take bets at the end of that summer. State law allows for betting on both pro and college sports.

Kansas: Not legal, but legislation proposed.

A total of five sports betting bills have been proposed in the Kansas legislature. The State House did not consider the bill put forward in 2019 and another one was unsuccessful in 2021.

Kentucky: Not legal, but legislation proposed. 

Kentucky has had multiple sports gambling bills proposed but likely won’t see any movement until later in 2022.


Louisiana: Approved sports betting 

Louisiana approved sports betting in the 2020 election and sports bettors can place wagers at retail sportsbooks at casinos in the state. Currently, mobile sports betting isn’t offered in Louisiana, but there’s hope that it will be offered in early 2022.

Maine: Not legal, but legislation proposed.

Maine nearly passed a law that would have allowed in-person and mobile sports betting on pro and college sports (with the exception of in-state colleges), but the bill was vetoed by the state’s governor. The state’s 2021 legislative session adjourned in July 2021, but sports betting is still on the Appropriations Table. It’s possible that it could be legalized in 2022.

Maryland: Legal


Following results of the 2020 election, Maryland approved sports betting.

In December 2021, Baltimore-area casinos began allowing in-person sports betting. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore and Live! Casino and Hotel Maryland were among the casinos to have sportsbooks open on their grounds.

Massachusetts: Not legal.

A number of sports betting legalization bills were introduced in 2019, including one from the governor that would allow residents anywhere in the state to place mobile sports wagers (not tied to land-based casinos) or bet in-person at two newly opened in-state casinos.

In 2021, the Massachusetts State Senate session finished without discussing a sports betting bill.


Michigan: Legal. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed bills in late 2019 that allow for both sports betting and online gaming in the state. Casinos in the state started taking wagers in March of 2020.

Minnesota: Not legal.

In 2019, a bill was proposed that would have legalized sports gambling at the state’s two horse-racing tracks, its 21 tribal casinos and potentially through mobile devices. That bill did not pass during that legislative session.

Mississippi: Legal.


The first sports bets in Mississippi were placed on August 1, 2018. The state enacted a law in 2017 that allowed for sports betting.

Missouri: Not legal, but legislation proposed. 

Missouri had several sports betting bills introduced in recent years but the state hasn’t taken action on them yet. They have been stalled at the state legislature level. 

Montana: Legal.

Legal sports betting arrived in the state as of March 2020. Sportsbooks are regulated through the state lottery. 


Nebraska: Legal.

In the 2020 election, Nebraska authorized adding casino games at its horse racing tracks. Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Columbus and South Sioux City will allow casino games at racetracks.

In early 2020, state senator Justin Wayne introduced a bill classifying sports betting as “authorized games of skill” that would allow sports wagering, fantasy sports and poker in Nebraska.  

Governor Pete Ricketts legalized sports betting and put it into law on May 25, 2021, though it will only be in-person. 

Nevada: Legal.



New Hampshire: Legal.

New Hampshire joined the list of states with legalized sports betting on the second day of 2020. The state agreed to a six-year contract with DraftKings, so mobile sportsbooks can be utilized throughout the state.

New Jersey: Legal.

New Jersey long advocated for legalized sports gambling and was responsible for the case that led to the federal reversal from the Supreme Court. As such, they wasted no time in legalizing sports gambling after the decision, opening the state’s first sportsbooks on June 14, 2018. Atlantic City and the MetLife Stadium, among other locations, now offer legalized sports wagering.


New Mexico: Legal… kind of.

Under the current state laws, sports betting isn’t explicitly prohibited, nor is it a prohibited Class III game in the gaming compacts shared between tribes and the state. This has allowed the Pueblo of Santa Ana tribe to open their own not-outright-legal-but-also-not-technically-illegal sportsbook at its in-state casino. Sports gambling is legal at the Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel and four other tribal casinos

New York: Legal.

New York actually passed a bill all the way back in 2013 that made sports gambling legal at the state level, but the state didn’t open its first official sportsbook until July of 2019. As of now, a majority of the legal sports wagering comes via upstate casinos, but online is expected soon.

But on Jan. 8, 2022, mobile sports betting will be legal in New York. Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel and Rush Street Interactive are the four sportsbooks that will offer mobile betting in the state. The five other sportsbooks licensed in the state, but not available at launch, are Resorts World, PointsBet, WynnBET, Bally Bet and BetMGM.


North Carolina: Legal. 

Gambling in North Carolina is run exclusively through the Cherokee tribe, and the state passed a bill in July of 2019 that will permit sports gambling (including horse racing) to be part of that monopoly. Sports betting launched on March 18, 2021.

North Dakota: Not legal, but legislation proposed.

Lawmakers emphatically rejected a bill to legalize professional and collegiate sports betting in 2019. 

Ohio: Legal.


In December 2021, sports betting became legal in Ohio after Gov. Mike DeWine signed it into law. However, it’s expected that Ohio residents won’t be able to place any wagers until Jan. 1, 2023 at the earliest.

Oklahoma: Legal, not yet launched.

An agreement between two tribes and the state government has been approved to allow sports betting. 

Oregon: Legal.

Oregon didn’t need to pass new legislation because they already had limited sports betting legality established at the state level, but they didn’t officially start taking bets until August of 2019.


Pennsylvania: Legal.

Six months after the Supreme Court reversal, Pennsylvania took its first legal sports bet at a casino sportsbook in 2018. Additional licenses have since been handed out and mobile/online wagering is also accepted in-state.

Rhode Island: Legal.

Rhode Island also opened its first sportsbook six months after the U.S Supreme Court’s decision and currently offers sports gambling exclusively at two in-state casinos, but online/mobile betting is still on its way.

South Carolina: Not legal, but legislation proposed. 


Gambling in South Carolina is restricted solely to casino riverboats but state legislature has proposed bills in consecutive years that would open the door to sports gambling. No action has been taken yet.

South Dakota: In the 2020 election, South Dakota approved sports betting.

Four casinos in Deadwood began accepting sports bets on Sept. 9, 2021. In 2021, legislators passed legislation that legalized sports betting in Deadwood. However, bettors must bet on the property of those four casinos. There’s no word when mobile sports betting will be available in the state.

Tennessee: Legal.

The Tennessee state legislature approved a sports betting bill in the spring of 2019 that will only allow betting online and on mobile apps. The state began allowing mobile sports betting on Nov. 1, 2021.


Texas: Not legal, but legislation proposed.

In 2021, a sports betting bill was proposed but not legalized.

Utah: Not legal. 

And very unlikely to happen.

Vermont: Not legal, but legislation proposed.


Very little gambling is permitted in Vermont to begin with, but there is a proposed bill to legalize mobile sports wagering in-state. A bill was considered in 2021, but didn’t get legalized.

Virginia: Legal.

In April of 2020 sports betting was legalized in Virginia and the bill passed by state legislature should lead to Virginia sportsbook apps going live by the end of 2020. In the 2020 election, Virginia approved casino gambling in four locations. Bristol, Danville, Portsmouth and Norfolk all approved ballot measures authorizing casinos in the 2020 election.

Washington: Legal.

The state passed legislation in early 2020 to permit sports gambling at tribal casinos in-state. The state does not allow for mobile/online wagering. 


Washington D.C.: Legal.

The Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018 became effective as of May of 2019, and the city has launched its sports wagering app and website that is run by the DC Lottery.

West Virginia: Legal.

In August of 2018, West Virginia became the fifth state to legalize sports gambling. The state offers both in-person and online sports wagering.

Wisconsin: Retail authorized.


Governor Tony Evers signed an agreement allowing for in-person and mobile app betting while at Oneida Nation’s gaming locations.

Wyoming: Legal.

On September 1, 2021, legal sports betting went live in the state.

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NBA Christmas Day 2022: Lakers-Mavericks, Warriors-Grizzlies among five scheduled matchups, per report



The 2022-23 NBA schedule is expected to be released in the coming days, but there’s already been several leaks of important games on the league’s calendar. It’s already been reported the reigning champion Golden State Warriors are expected to host LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on opening night of the season, which is set for Oct. 18.

In addition to one of the opening-night games on the league’s calendar, all five Christmas Day matchups have also been reported. As one of the most important days on the NBA‘s calendar, these games are typically star-studded and sometimes feature rematches from the previous year’s playoffs or pit two of the league’s top stars against each other. Though the regular season will already be two months old by the time Christmas rolls around, the full slate of games also serves as the unofficial start of the NBA season for some casual fans.

Although nothing has been made official just yet, here are the five games expected to take place on Christmas:


The NBA has certainly hit the mark in featuring some of the league’s top stars, both young and old, and all of these reported matchups have enticing storylines. 

The Warriors vs. Grizzlies game will be a rematch of the Western Conference semifinals last season, where both teams didn’t shy away from trash-talking, even well after the Warriors put the Grizzlies away. When the Warriors eventually won the championship, several Golden State players made sure to take some not-so-subtle jabs at the Grizzlies, including Draymond Green and Ja Morant hoping their two teams meet on Christmas Day. Well, Green and Morant got their wish, and that matchup will surely be a highly anticipated one.

Though the Lakers and Mavericks don’t have the playful trash-talking the Warriors and Grizzlies possess, it will feature the face of the league in LeBron James, and one of the future faces of the league in Luka Doncic. These two teams met on Christmas two seasons ago, which resulted in the Mavericks getting blown out in Los Angeles, but a lot has happened since that dud of a matchup in 2020. The Mavericks are coming off a run to the Western Conference finals due to Doncic’s MVP-level performance throughout the playoffs, and the Lakers will be trying to get back to the playoffs after missing the cut last season. It’s difficult to read how this game will play out given both teams could still make roster moves before this game, but it should be more entertaining than the matchup we got two seasons ago.

The third reported game on this list may be a preview of the Western Conference finals as the Nuggets play host to the Suns. Denver should be fully healthy with Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. expected to be back in the starting lineup after both players missed all of last season with injuries. Then there’s reigning two-time league MVP Nikola Jokic at the center of it all. He will have some help again as Denver hopes to prove its place in the championship-contending conversation. The Nuggets will reportedly be hosting the Suns, per the Denver Post, which is a rematch of the Western Conference semifinals from two seasons ago. The Nuggets were without Murray in that playoff series against the Suns, so now they’ll get to show Phoenix what it’s like playing against a Denver team at full strength.

The Knicks and Sixers matchup may not be the most exciting matchup on this list, but it does feature some of the league’s best players in Joel Embiid and James Harden. Though the Knicks don’t have the brightest names on their roster to match up against Embiid and Harden, it’ll be a good test for a New York team that hopes its big offseason acquisition of Jalen Brunson can lift this roster to a playoff contender. 


The final reported matchup between the Celtics and Bucks is a rematch of the Eastern Conference semifinals from last season. In what was one of the best playoff series a season ago, the Bucks lost to the Celtics in seven games, all without their second-best player in Khris Middleton who suffered an MCL sprain in the first round of the postseason. Middleton recently underwent wrist surgery in July, but is expected back near the start of the season, so he will be ready to go by the time this rematch is set to take place. However, this matchup could look a whole lot different if the Celtics manage to pull off a trade to land Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant. We’ll have to wait and see what becomes of the Durant sweepstakes, but regardless of what happens with that, this matchup — as well as the rest on the full slate of games — won’t be short on excitement on Christmas Day. 

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