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State by State Guide to What States Allow Online Gambling

The United States offers an abundance of gambling options online. While some states, like Utah and Hawaii, prohibit all forms of gaming altogether, others like New Jersey, Nevada and Pennsylvania have taken steps to legalize casino games, sports betting and poker online. As new laws take effect our state by state guide for online gambling is continually updated as laws change – check back often to keep abreast!

Nevada was the first state in America to pass legislation legalizing online gambling, permitting players from around the country to gamble at its sites. Over time, Nevada quickly established itself as the leading casino market with over 440 operations; additionally it generated $8 billion worth of wagers last year alone!

Delaware became the second state to legalize online gambling after a Supreme Court ruling struck down federal restrictions. Since then, sportsbooks in Delaware have experienced an exponentially increasing handle; more people can place wagers on their favorite teams from anywhere across the nation and thus further drive industry expansion.

Pennsylvania officially launched their online sports betting platform six months after the Supreme Court ruling. Since then, Pennsylvania has seen significant growth in the iGaming market and is expected to become one of the most profitable states for operators. Unfortunately, wagers placed on in-state collegiate teams are prohibited for sports betting in this state.

Michigan was an early pioneer of regulated online gambling, launching their site in 2021. They quickly established an impressive sportsbook and casino that have quickly expanded. Soon thereafter they will introduce legislation designed to make development simpler for developers.

Alaska permits licensed charitable gambling, such as bingo and no-rake poker, but not casinos on Native American lands or any form of casino-style gambling. Residents can participate in regulated daily fantasy sports tournaments as well as bet on horse and dog races.

Montana has prohibited casino-style gambling, yet does permit online gaming via its state lottery and sports betting platforms. Whether or not Montana will permit other forms of iGaming remains unclear at present.

Mississippi has long been known for its anti-gambling laws, yet recently approved retail sports betting in March 2020. Casinos now provide online and mobile sports betting within Mississippi’s borders, although college teams remain restricted when it comes to placing bets online and mobile sportsbooks. Colorado became the 19th state to legalize betting in May of 2020 and has since increased both its licensed operators and sportsbook offerings for residents to bet at multiple online and mobile sportsbooks; player prop bets for in-state college games may still be restricted however.