The Delaware Lottery, which runs sports wagering in the state, has plans to offer mobile wagering down the road.
Nevada: The Silver State has had legal betting for decades, so nothing new here. Casinos in Las Vegas and around Nevada will continue to offer physical sportsbooks and mobile betting apps.
That leaves three more states which plan to offer wagering before the calendar turns over to the new year.
Mississippi: The state passed a law in 2017 allowing sports betting to take place inside casinos. (That means no off-site wagering via the internet, for now). Officials in Mississippi have said that regulations will allow for legal betting on July 21. No fewer than nine different casinos have made their intentions known to offer sports wagering, including those owned by MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment.
West Virginia: Early in 2018, West Virginia passed a law that would take effect if the federal ban went away. The state hopes to have sports betting live at its five casinos (four of them are also racetracks) and via mobile apps in time for the football season in September. The only deal we know that is in place is between daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel and a private casino called The Greenbrier.
Rhode Island: Rhode Island legalized sports wagering at its two casinos as part of its budget bill. There will likely be sportsbooks at both Twin River casinos; there are currently no plans for online wagering.
There are two states where you may be able to bet this year, or you may have to wait until 2019.
Pennsylvania: The Keystone State passed a law in 2017 that included the legalization of sports betting, in the event that federal law changed. Now that it has, Pennsylvania is moving quickly with new regulations, although it’s not clear if sportsbooks and online sports betting will go live in 2018. There are still lots of questions to iron out.
New York: No new law came out of NY in 2018 on sports betting. But an existing law allows for wagering at the state’s four commercial casinos:
- del Lago Resort & Casino
- Tioga Downs Casino
- Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady
- Resorts World Catskills
It’s not clear if sports betting will get the green light at those casinos, however.
So that’s the list of where legal sports betting can and might take place, for now. And things could even change before the end of the year in other states. To keep up to date on legalization efforts around the country, you can monitor this sports betting bill tracker.