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What States Allow Online Gambling

Online gambling has seen rapid expansion since the Supreme Court lifted the federal ban in 2018. States then had more autonomy when it came to sports betting decisions, opening up both physical casinos and online operations to make their own choices about sports gambling and opening up doors for both forms of operation – such as brick and mortar casinos, as well as virtual operations like online casino gambling – across states. Many states allow some form of online gambling; its legality differs significantly depending on which state one lives in; making it hard to give an overall picture as to where specific forms are legal throughout states and regions.

States such as New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware were among the first to legalize online casino gaming; Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania also soon followed in legalizing various forms of poker online games as a means of increasing revenue and expanding state markets. Furthermore, several of these states now permit sports betting online as another revenue stream for each respective state.

Other states have taken steps to legalize sports betting while banning online casinos, like Iowa where sports betting was legalized in 2019 while online casinos remain prohibited. Residents in Iowa can still participate in daily fantasy sports regulated by state authorities, while social casinos provide free-play versions of casino games.

Sports betting in Indiana is legal, while online casino gambling remains unavailable to its residents. A bill was proposed in 2023 but failed to pass due to fears that online casino gaming might threaten land-based casino revenues and scandals engulfing the industry.

Maryland made history when they legalized sports betting in 2020, expanding their sportsbook offerings since. Residents can wager on professional and college sporting events; bets placed on in-state collegiate teams are prohibited though social casino or sweepstakes sites allow residents to gamble without real money transactions being necessary.

Montana recently legalized sports betting but hasn’t made the commitment to legalize other forms of online gambling such as casinos or poker yet; however, legislation may soon allow such forms of betting.

Maine recently legalized sports betting and is in the process of adding other forms of online gambling; however, its launch won’t occur until 2024. Meanwhile Mississippi prohibits any form of iGaming except pari-mutuel horse racing betting through advance deposit wagering platforms; however there have been discussions among lawmakers and tribal entities regarding expanding iGaming within their borders in future.