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What States Allow Online Gambling?

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Gambling laws differ across states, as each has the power to determine how it regulates its gaming industry. While some, like Hawaii and Utah, have outright banned all forms of gambling altogether, others allow regulated online casino games and sports betting – so before making bets or deposits of funds it’s essential that you check on current regulations for each state before doing so.

State lawmakers play a central role when it comes to changing local and national gambling laws in the US, leading the charge in changing them accordingly. This has created more welcoming attitudes towards iGaming since the Supreme Court struck down federal gambling laws in 2021; however, those same federal laws which opened the way for sports wagering remain significant obstacles when it comes to real-money casino gaming and other forms of real-money gambling.

As such, online gambling continues to advance at an increasing pace state by state. Recently, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia all passed legislation legalizing iGaming; among these three, New Jersey may launch its markets first with many believing this to be the case.

Pennsylvania took longer than most to legalize sports betting; sportsbooks only went live in March 2023 and weren’t received with enthusiasm by residents, as only DraftKings and BetMGM (in partnership with Governor Jim Justice’s property The Greenbrier) were approved at launch.

Minnesota adopted iGaming laws in 2021. Minnesota now permits various forms of licensed charitable gambling such as bingo, pull-tabs and raffles – in addition to pari-mutuel betting on horse races and state lotteries – as well as betting at several Native American casinos located on tribal lands.

Colorado has also legalized online gaming, although with some limitations. Players may open accounts with multiple operators but betting on in-state collegiate teams is prohibited.

Rhode Island joined its Northeastern neighbors by opening up legal online gaming in June 2023. Under state law, all table games must feature live dealers.

New Mexico, Rhode Island and Mississippi are the only other states with laws legalizing online gaming; however, their markets remain small and fragmented. Legalization of sports betting in these states has encouraged casinos to offer iCasino games within their borders.