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What States Allow Online Gambling

Are You Gambling Online? There Are Plenty of Options Available To You | While some states have legalized gambling entirely, most have legalized some form of online gambling to some degree or another. Laws vary by state; for instance Hawaii and Utah stand out as notable exceptions; otherwise most states permit some form of Internet-based gambling activity.

Though some states have banned online casino gambling, many others have legalized other forms of iGaming, including sports betting – a major part of the industry. Many states now also offer state-run lotteries which enable people to place bets on various events via state regulation; others even permit people to wager money in virtual poker and bingo games.

PASPA was passed in 1992 as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, prohibiting all forms of sports gambling except Nevada until 2018. Following its repeal by the Supreme Court in 2018, states are now free to regulate sports betting – providing an enormous boost for sports betting industry growth and encouraging states to pass new gambling-friendly laws that permit online casinos or other forms of gambling operations in their states.

There are currently seven states which permit their residents to make real money bets at online casinos; these states include Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Furthermore, Colorado residents may make real money bets at certain sportsbooks online, though some bets (e.g. on in-state college teams or daily fantasy sports contests) may not be permitted.

Ohio, Indiana, Maryland and Illinois are some of the other states which permit online casino gambling, offering both regulated iGaming as well as mobile device support for playing casino games.

Before placing any bets online casinos are abundant in states that permit them, but it’s always wise to check the laws first before betting illegally. Legislation can change quickly and you don’t want to risk facing legal ramifications for gambling illegally.

Hawaii remains staunchly anti-gambling, and that trend seems unlikely to change anytime soon. Not only does Hawaii prohibit all casino gambling but also online gaming and social casino gaming; those found violating Hawaii’s gambling laws could face fines or prison time for breaking them.

Oregon’s gambling laws are more nuanced. While its constitution bans all forms of gambling, state statutes define gambling more narrowly, as being “risking something of value to chance, regardless of whether the game involves money.” This encompasses sports betting and online casinos.

Montana currently only offers retail casinos; they do not yet provide an online option; however, work is being done to bring this feature soon. Nebraska follows suit by only having five retail casinos but is in the midst of providing residents access to sports betting and casino gaming online.