Online gambling is legal in some countries while others impose tight regulations or ban it altogether, like China which prohibits all forms of online gambling except pari-mutuel horse racing betting; some Asian states however are more accommodating and grant gambling operators licenses.
Nevada and New Jersey were among the first states to legalise online gaming; others including Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan soon thereafter followed suit. But some states still do not permit sports betting, poker and casino gaming online.
Florida has been an effective barrier to expanding online gambling because of its anti-gambling stance, including seven land-based casinos and not permitting residents to gamble online casino games or sports events. Complicating matters further, Native American tribes wield significant influence over gaming regulations in Florida.
New Hampshire has taken an extremely conservative approach to legalizing online gambling. They established sports betting in 2022 but do not permit real-money casino or poker gambling online; however, this state allows its residents to participate in daily fantasy sports and lottery games.
Kentucky presents an interesting case as they host Churchill Downs, one of the world’s premier racetracks. Yet Kentucky remains one of few states to prohibit online casino and sports betting; though this could change as more people understand how a new interpretation of the Wire Act could impact their ability to gamble with offshore sites.
Oklahoma, located in the Midwest region, has yet to consider legalizing online casino or sportsbook betting for its residents. Home to eight tribal casinos, lawmakers are unlikely to pass legislation authorizing it any time soon. Oregon also boasts numerous land casinos so online casino gambling may never become legal there either.