Legal online betting is quickly becoming a reality in the United States. Most US states have had legal online horse racing betting for several years now, but more recently we are starting to see individual states legalize additional forms of online betting such as casino games, poker, daily fantasy sports and lotteries.
In 2011, the Department of Justice issued a legal opinion that changed the way the federal government interprets the Wire Act of 1961. Essentially, what the Department of Justice opined was that the Wire Act only applies to sports betting, not to other forms of online gaming. This decision ultimately made it possible for individual states to legalize and regulate new forms of online gaming.
New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware quickly got on board and legalized online casino games, online poker or both provided organizations seeking to organize such games are properly licensed and approved. Pennsylvania joined the party in 2017. Similar efforts are underway in various other states across the nation.
Legal sports betting remains a distinct possibility as well. Currently, Nevada is the only state in which it is legal to bet on single game outcomes. However, a pending Supreme Court case pitting New Jersey against the major US sports leagues could very well result in states gaining the right to legalize offline and online sports betting. Legislation to legalize and regulate sports betting is already underway in some states in anticipation of a favorable Supreme Court ruling.
BettingUSA.com is following these legal developments closely and we provide timely updates on our blog as well as overviews of the current situation in every state on the following state pages. Just follow any of the links below to read more about what’s legal in your state right now and what may be coming down the pipeline in the form of gambling-friendly legislation.
We update these state pages as important news breaks, so check back often. Our objective with every state page is to provide a look at the current lay of the land, discuss efforts that are underway to legalize new forms of betting and to recommend licensed betting sites for the forms of gaming that are currently legal.