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What States Allow Online Gambling

Each state in the US has the power to either regulate or prohibit any form of gambling within their borders, providing for a range of systems regulating online casino gambling in their states ranging from none at all to Nevada and Pennsylvania offering virtually every gaming type imaginable. Legality for online casino gaming in the US has always been shifting; each jurisdiction’s system is distinct. While many states have made online betting easier over time, others still refuse any form of regulated betting whatsoever.

At one time, most states had strict policies when it came to gambling. Over the last several decades however, this has changed and most states now permit some form of gambling at least. This may include lottery games as well as sports betting or classic casino gambling – each state may vary so be sure to research any regulations applicable in your region before placing online bets.

Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware were the pioneering US states to legalize online gambling when they launched casinos, poker sites or both in 2013. Oregon, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia then followed suit by creating their own betting markets online betting markets by 2021; Mississippi also joined this party but its market potential may have been severely limited by regulation requiring operators to return 10% of all bets lost (required under Mississippi state law).

However, while some states have legalized and restricted certain forms of online gambling, others have prohibited or severely limited it altogether. Hawaii and Utah do not permit any form of legal gambling whatsoever while Florida’s voters approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting most forms of betting back in 2000 – this law was eventually struck down by the US Supreme Court and may soon become law elsewhere in America.

Nevada was initially the leader in online sports betting since legalizing it in 2020; however, New Jersey recently overtook Nevada due to its competitive and operator-friendly model. Other key states include Pennsylvania and West Virginia, which launched their markets with DraftKings and BetMGM (in conjunction with Governor Jim Justice’s Greenbrier resort) serving as major platforms.

Michigan is another top online betting state, and should continue setting records since lifting its ban on in-state college sports bets in 2021. Ohio may have been slower to launch but legislators passed and Governor Mike DeWine signed legislation into law late 2021; West Virginia remains behind other major sports betting states but could join their ranks by 2023; several others currently have restrictions but these should ease as more people become familiar with online betting.