Online gambling is legal in over 30 states, though laws vary across them all. Knowing which games and services you can and cannot wager on is essential when gambling legally – we went through each U.S. state to see exactly which activities were and were not permissible and when and where!
Nevada was long held up as the gold standard in legal sports betting, yet New Jersey recently overtook Nevada in terms of handle and now ranks as the leading state for this form of gaming. Furthermore, NJ also holds one of the fastest iGaming launch times – six months was required before its first online sportsbooks went live in that Garden State market.
Pennsylvania was quick to follow its northern neighbor and implement iGaming after the Supreme Court ruling, joining in October 2017 and offering residents legal casino options one month later. Online gaming soon took off quickly in PA too, and over 10 regulated brands now live there.
Michigan is currently home to one of the United States’ leading iGaming markets. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law a bill making it legal for Michigan residents to access iGaming sites in December 2019; since then, Michigan’s industry has continued its rapid expansion due to the success of MGM Resorts and The Greenbrier casinos as main drivers of growth in its gaming market.
Rhode Island may have been late to the iGaming party, but now has everything under control. While Rhode Island was one of the last states to approve an iGaming regulatory framework, its industry now operates with full function under MGM Resorts’ online casino brand and other sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel for betting opportunities in their state.
On the flip side of things, there are a number of states which have neglected to pass legislation legalizing online casino wagering for their residents, with Hawaii standing out as one such example as they forbid all forms of online gambling – even social casinos! Aloha State is home to several tribal casinos, and attempts at getting online gaming up and running there has met considerable resistance over recent years. Idaho and Montana have not fully embraced the industry, though players can place bets on online horse racing but are restricted from any online casinos available to them. Minnesota and Missouri both prohibit its residents from betting online casino games, although lawmakers could introduce bills that would change this anytime soon. Casino players in both states can enjoy in-person gaming opportunities but cannot place bets via the internet.