If you love to wager on sports games, you can do so legally in Arizona, Colorado, and New Jersey. You can also wager on sports on a local level. However, it is important to know what each state has to offer before making a bet. For example, some states do not allow sports betting at all, while others have passed laws allowing for it.
Legalized sports betting
Legalized sports betting is a controversial issue that divides American opinion. About half of the population says it’s neither good nor bad for the sport. One-third thinks it’s neither good nor bad, while one-sixth thinks it’s neither good nor bad for society.
Legalized sports betting in Arizona
After the passage of PASPA, the state of Arizona was poised to legalize sports betting. But the legislation failed due to the tribes’ opposition and limited support. The tribes were opposed to the new law because they believe it violates the Arizona constitution.
Legalized sports betting in Colorado
In November 2019, Colorado voters passed Proposition DD, which legalized sports betting. The state has become the 18th state to legalize sports wagering. The legalization process was kicked off by a Supreme Court ruling that struck down the law that prohibited sports betting in most states. Legislators in Colorado had signaled they intended to legalize the industry in the next legislative session, but were uncertain whether a voter referendum would be required.
Legalized sports betting in New Jersey
New Jersey’s legalized sports betting was a significant step forward for the state and its residents. The state largely succeeded in overturning PASPA (the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) and became one of the biggest sports betting markets in the country. In September 2021, the state had the first $1 billion monthly handle in legal sports betting.
Legalized sports betting in Delaware
Legalized sports betting in Delaware is a great opportunity for the state. The new sportsbooks in Delaware started with a high hold percentage and took in $7 million in bets in the first three weeks. In July, which is traditionally a slow month for sports wagering, the sportsbooks took in $1 million in gross revenue. However, the success of the Delaware sportsbooks will depend on the launch of sports gaming in neighboring states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Legalized sports betting in Rhode Island
Rhode Island has a long history of gambling, but the state has only legalized sports betting since 2012. The state recently approved the passage of SB 37, a bill that legalized sports betting in Rhode Island, in March of 2019. The first statewide sportsbook launched on September 5, 2019, just in time for the NFL season. Legislators later approved allowing mobile sports betting, which will eliminate the need to physically visit sportsbooks.
Legalized sports betting in Ohio
Ohio’s legislative branch has approved a bill allowing sports betting. SB 176, introduced by state senator Kirk Schuring, would have created 40 sportsbooks, split between brick-and-mortar and online operations. The bill also required that sportsbooks be standalone, not part of existing racinos. Additionally, the bill would have introduced a new product for the Ohio Lottery, a flat fee sports pool. The bill was introduced in February, and it passed the house with a 72-13 vote and the senate on a 31-1 vote. The bill has now been signed by the governor, with an effective date of March 23, 2022.