Official betting is a form of gambling that is authorized by law. States can regulate sports betting and authorize online or in-person casinos or sportsbooks.
The legality of sports betting in the United States is based on federal law and the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). In 2018, the Supreme Court struck down PASPA, and more states are now considering legalizing sports betting.
How to bet legally on sports in the US
To wager legally, you must be over 21 years of age and a legal resident of the state where you’re betting. Most states require an initial deposit and ID verification before you can make a bet.
You can deposit by phone, mail, or online. Check your local laws for further information.
There are two major options to bet on sports in the US: Nevada and Delaware. The former has a regulated market and offers online betting and a handful of in-person sportsbooks.
Ohio: This state is among the most popular locations for sports betting in the US, with several online and retail sportsbooks operating. The first online betting sites began accepting bets in late 2019, and the state’s first sportsbook opened in July 2022.
Connecticut: This state’s gambling industry quietly expanded in recent years, thanks to a number of tribal gaming ambitions. As of early 2023, the Nutmeg State was home to 15 retail and three online sportsbooks.
Kentucky: This state has not officially legalized sports betting, but legislation was proposed in 2022. Efforts to get the bill passed were unsuccessful, however.