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What States Allow Online Gambling

Online gambling is legal in certain states but not others; this depends on both state laws and federal gambling regulations that prohibit federal gambling while regulating interstate betting. Since Justice Department reinterpreted the Wire Act in 2011, most forms of online gambling have been legalized through state lotteries or have even become authorized via state legislation.

Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey were among the first three states to allow online sports gambling; more recently Michigan and Pennsylvania joined their ranks of states providing legal sports gambling while Colorado launched statewide mobile sportsbooks in May 2020. Arkansas also currently accepts bets over the internet; however national brands such as DraftKings or FanDuel have yet to enter this market.

Oregon has had less success than expected in legalizing online casino gaming despite its large population and many existing land casinos, but two ballot initiatives to legalize sports gambling may soon alter that situation.

Florida has also lagged behind when it comes to legalizing sports betting, due mainly to opposition from tribal casinos – although that doesn’t necessarily preclude its developing into a robust sports betting market in future.

Oklahoma is one of the leading states for sports betting, with seven retail casinos collecting huge wagers from gamblers across its borders. New Hampshire and Minnesota are close behind, with Minnesota poised to become one of the country’s most competitive markets due to a friendly regulatory environment.

Mississippi is another premier sports betting destination, boasting an established in-state operator base and low tax rate compared to New Jersey which continues to set records.

Still, it seems likely that Mississippi will allow sports betting online at some point and could make its mark as one of the five top states for mobile wagering with its launch in 2023.

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Rhode Island became the latest Northeastern state to legalize online casino play in March 2023. Rhode Island’s law allows for an array of table games – poker, blackjack, roulette and video poker – along with live dealer tables at select sites to give the iGaming experience more of a physical casino-feel. Players will also find plenty of slot machines and virtual table games.