On 13 May 2018, the U.S Supreme Court took a huge leap towards a positive looking online gambling future. A 7-2 vote saw a 1992 law banning sports betting overturned for being unconstitutional. The High Court overruling meant that sports betting was now legal in America. However, punters in some states were left confused by the recently abolished law as some states were already offering legal sports betting services. What many people didn’t know is that the 16-year-old ban was not put in place to ban sports betting in the country as a whole. Instead, it was actually put in place to stop states that had already banned sports betting from legalising it. This meant that if the popular pastime was already banned in a particular state prior to the 1992 law, it would have had to remain so until now.
U.S States Ranked by their Stance on Sports Betting
When it comes legalising sports betting, some states have been eagerly awaiting new and updated legislation like this to be passed. However, some have also not been phased or affected by the overturned bill of 1992 which banned states from legalising sports betting. Now that each state has been given its own bit of sovereignty to decide on whether to legalise it, here’s a list on where they all currently stand.
Already legal state
- Nevada: Up until now, there has only been one state that allowed legal sports betting to American punters. This sets them a part and could make them the ideal model to look and learn from when it comes to the best practices.
Imminent legalisation states
- New Jersey: Existing and new online sports bookies and casinos could start offering legal sports betting any day now. Clear indicators of this are that a Bill has been passed and a major sportsbook has been built and is just waiting to open its counters. Other states with imminent legal sports betting bills passed include:
- West Virgina
Possible legalisation states
California: Certain states like California have already introduced Bills to fast-track the legalisation of sports betting in their territories. They may have also publicly announced plans to kick-start the legalisation. More states with such plans include:
- New York
- South Carolina
- Rhode Island
No legalisation activity and the state least likely to stay that way
The rest of the American states have given no public announcement or shown no activity towards legalising sports betting as yet. However, anything could change from now. Despite the High Court ruling allowing individual states the choice to legalise sports betting, one state in particular seems highly unlikely to follow the trend. The state of Utah’s anti-gambling stance is a part of the state’s constitution. This forms part of decades of opposition to restrict any forms of gambling in the state. This includes state lotteries, casino table games and sports betting.