Sports betting is the industry which attracts many gamblers throughout the world. The USA introduced the betting legalization last year, and this month, several states have already passed the laws allowing sports betting. Let’s analyze the industry’s legal side in the US and look at the states where sportsbooks are legal.

Betting in the USA overview

The legal expansion of sports betting in the US started in May 2018, when the Supreme Court abolished the federal law banning wagering – Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).

This bill was aimed at prohibiting the sports betting in the US and preventing it from spreading. However, sports betting has been slowly expanding and gambling activities have been becoming more popular and legal throughout the country. 

Today, each state can set its own rules for online sports betting. Some states only allow sports betting in land-based venues, while others legalize online or mobile wagering platforms.

Recent Betting Laws in the USA

This year, some betting bills have already been passed. On May 3, Montana became the first state to allow sports betting this year. The signed bill legalizes bets accepted at land-based casinos, as well as mobile betting.

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Then, on May 8, Indiana governor signed a bill allowing bets being accepted at casinos and online, followed by Iowa which legalized bets at land-based casinos, as well as mobile and online betting on May 13.

As for the future, Tennessee will legalize sports betting soon. Starting from July 1, gamblers will be able to place online bets via websites and apps run by state-licensed betting operators. The bets will only be accepted online, as the state has no land-based casinos.

Connecticut has been planning to pass the law legalizing sports betting in 2019, however, the bill issuing may be postponed. New York and Michigan are working on the sports betting legislation as well and are planning to pass it this or next year.

Prospects for online and land-based operators

Before the sports betting legalization, wagers have been mainly placed through the offshore sportsbooks. Today, they face competition, as many companies start new and legal sports-betting operations in the US.

Some experts believe that offshore companies may start obtaining licenses in the US as well, but it means paying state or federal taxes, as well as additional fees.

Legally registered venues may get a lot of players, as many people are willing to start betting as it is finally legalized in their state. As more and more businesses will legally appear in the US territory, they will deal with the competition between each other as well, which may be followed by industry improvement and expansion.

States with legal sportsbooks





land-based casinos, racetracks, online and via apps


land-based casinos


land-based casinos

New Jersey

land-based casinos, racetracks, online and via apps


land-based casinos

West Virginia 

land-based casinos


land-based casinos, racetracks, online and via apps

Rhode Island

land-based casinos; mobile will be introduced by fall 2019


land-based casinos, mobile betting


land-based casinos and online


land-based casinos, mobile/online betting