State legislatures across the US are considering legalizing online gambling, an exciting prospect that would enable citizens to legally gamble at licensed websites rather than unregulated offshoots and unlicensed websites. But before engaging in any betting activities online, it’s crucial that citizens understand which jurisdictions allow it.
Historically, gambling operators have had no difficulty getting around laws that restrict or tax gambling activities. This has typically been achieved using offshore betting services, cruise ships that sail outside territorial waters and Native American reservations as means of circumvention. Now with Internet technology providing access from virtually anywhere around the globe to operate casino or poker site businesses.
Legal online gambling has come a long way over time, but progress is being made. As of 2022, 23 states had legalized sports betting while four had licensed and regulated iGaming offerings such as casinos or poker sites.
Delaware was the first state to legalize online betting when they introduced an iGaming industry in 2013. Since then, New Jersey and Nevada have followed suit with regulated sportsbooks and casinos, while Pennsylvania launched their iGaming industry less than one year after the Supreme Court ruling, becoming one of the five largest markets nationally (though with restrictions regarding in-state college sports wagering and player prop bets).
Montana is well known for its longstanding prohibition and appears unlikely to embrace online gaming anytime soon. This could be linked to Montana being home to several land casinos; changing this dynamic would require considerable work on part of its government.
Oklahoma presents a difficult case as well, due to its extensive tribal casino system which may thwart legalization efforts. This has been an ongoing debate for years and will likely remain so until legislation takes shape and changes the situation.
Connecticut was another state that initially banned online gaming before eventually changing their position in 2021 to permit sports betting at three licensed sportsbooks with some restrictions involving college athletics; all wagers placed on college games are strictly forbidden.
Rhode Island recently joined its Northeastern neighbors in legalizing online casino gaming and sports betting – with both industries debuting six months post-Supreme Court decision. Rhode Island now stands as one of the country’s premier betting markets and provides users with an enjoyable user experience.
Vermont will join its two neighboring states in offering online gambling in 2023, but with an unconventional process. Vermont will utilize a competitive bidding process where potential operators submit plans and their costs associated with licensing iGaming sites – this approach has proved successful elsewhere; though some states ended up with high taxes that made gambling unsustainable.