How Close is Every State to Legalizing Sports Betting?

In case you’ve been living under a rock the past couple weeks, there has been some major movement in legalizing sports betting in the United States. On May 14th the Supreme Court ruled the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)  unconstitutional, allowing sports betting to become legal on a state by state basis.  So, I’ve done some research and digging and found out what states are close and which ones are still far away from becoming legal – where does your state stand?

Already There:

Nevada — Obviously you are familiar with Vegas being the betting capital of the world, but there is also major sportsbooks in Reno, Tahoe and many other locations.

Delaware — On June 5th, 2018 Delaware began taking single-game (straight bets) on multiple different sports at three casinos.  Expect some additional betting to be offered in the casinos or in online apps in the very near future.

New Jersey — On June 11th, 2018 the New Jersey Governor signed the bill and a William Hill Sportsbook began taking bets on June 14th.  Expect other casinos to begin offering sportsbooks in New Jersey shortly as well.

Who’s Next?

Connecticut, Iowa, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia: 

All of these states have already begun their process to get sports betting legalized with their legislation, with hearings already scheduled and in some cases very close to being passed and signed.  These will be the next states to have sportsbooks.

Beginning to Move:

California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and South Carolina

Each of these states have begun a kick-starter legislation or publicly announced that they will be starting it soon. While each state will move at different speeds, expect these to be the third wave of states to approve sports betting – probably within 3 years.

Laws that Need Expanding:

Oregon and Montana

These two states already have some laws that allow some sort of sports betting – with Oregon offering pick-em style games and Montana offering fantasy-type sports pools for football and auto racing.  These states could move quickly to widen these rules if they so incline – but so far no movement on their end.

Nothing Happening… Yet:

Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., Washington State, Wisconsin and Wyoming

All these states above prohibit sports betting of any type and these laws would have to be repealed or amended before any full-scale sportsbooks could be permitted.  Although it is not impossible with the Supreme Court clearly agreeing with the repeal – none of these states have started the process yet.

Unlikely to Ever:


Utah has its own state constitution that prohibits gambling and any changes to that constitution will take some serious legwork.  As of now, the state of Utah doesn’t offer lottery tickets, table games or sports betting.  I don’t expect that to change any time soon.

Don’t see your state on here getting a sportsbook any time soon? Don’t fret! DM @wtp_sportsbook on Twitter and tell them you read this account to get an online account today!



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