Online gambling has taken off in a big way in recent years. People can bet on sports games, play poker and even place wagers on horse races all from the comfort of their homes. However, just because you can gamble online doesn’t necessarily mean it’s legal in all states. In this article, we’ll take a look at which states have made it legal to gamble online and which ones haven’t.
The state of Nevada was one of the first to allow legal gambling online. This was followed by New Jersey and Delaware which both launched their online casinos and poker sites in 2013. Michigan and West Virginia joined the party in 2017 and 2021, respectively. New York is the only state that has not yet legalized iGaming, but there have been multiple efforts to make it happen in the past few years.
Ultimately, it will be up to the individual states to decide whether or not to regulate iGaming. Many factors play into this, including player protections and tax rates. The federal government also has certain laws that affect online gambling, such as the Federal Wire Act of 1961. This law prohibits gambling that crosses state lines, so if you are betting with a bookie located in the next state over, you would be breaking the law. However, a 2011 reinterpretation of the Act opened the door for sports betting and some other forms of online gambling.
In general, there are two main categories when it comes to the legality of online gambling: regulated and unregulated. Regulatory online gambling includes sportsbooks, casino websites and poker rooms. Unregulated online gambling includes fantasy leagues and other free-play games that are not technically considered to be gambling.
Most states have legalized at least some form of regulated online gambling, with the exception of Utah and Hawaii. Both of these states have bans on all forms of gambling, including online gambling.
New York has not legalized iGaming but has several in-person casinos that its residents can visit. There are also several online sportsbooks that accept bets from New Yorkers, such as DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM and Caesars.
While Louisiana has legalized sports betting, its iGaming laws are more complicated. It’s a parish-by-parish issue, and while 55 of 64 have done so, the remaining districts are not there yet.
Alaska has some of the strictest gambling laws in the country, but there are some signs that it may be on the verge of debating the legalization of online casinos and sports betting. The state’s constitution currently prohibits lotteries and gambling, so it will likely take a constitutional amendment to change this. But as more and more states legalize sports betting, this could open the door to debate.