Online gambling in the US has taken time to flourish. Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey opened iGaming markets in 2013, followed by Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia shortly afterwards.
Most states have regulations in place to control their gambling industries. Some, like Utah and Hawaii, strictly forbid all forms of gambling while others like Massachusetts and Connecticut use competitive bidding processes to determine tax rates.
The Silver State has long been recognized as an international gambling hub, drawing millions of visitors each year to its luxurious casinos, which generate massive revenue for the state. Furthermore, its stringent regulations demonstrate how real money online gambling can take place safely in regulated environments.
Nevada legalized gambling in 1931 and added sports betting in 1949. Since then, Nevada has become one of the premier gambling destinations, offering online sports betting and poker as well as live gambling options.
New Jersey was one of the first states to legalize online gambling back in 2013, and has become one of the country’s premier iGaming markets since. Residents can now enjoy real-money online casino, sports betting, and poker experiences with an array of top operators.
New Jersey’s iGaming industry is overseen by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, which collects fees from each site offering real money gambling and uses these proceeds to fund addiction treatment programs. They also provide detailed information about problem gambling on each website as well as tips on getting help.
Pennsylvania’s journey towards legal online gambling was long and winding. Advocates first introduced legislation for legal iGaming back in 2013, reaching as far as its House committee before being delayed further by lawmakers due to concerns regarding New Jersey’s success with legal gambling iGaming. Finally, online gaming became legal again in Pennsylvania in 2015.
Pennsylvania expanded its gambling laws in 2017, permitting online casinos, sportsbooks and poker rooms. Locally-licensed operators may provide live dealer games or ring-fenced online poker – whereby locals only compete against each other – when conducting live dealer or ring-fenced online poker activities.
West Virginia recognizes online casino gaming, sports betting and Daily Fantasy Sports wagering as legal activities regulated by its Lottery Commission which oversees licensing, compliance and auditing activities.
As part of their license requirements, all licensed West Virginia casinos must implement responsible gambling features as part of their license conditions, such as deposit and loss limits, timeouts and self-exclusion measures.
WV players have access to multiple payment methods, including debit and credit cards, e-wallets, online bank transfers and ACH. In addition, tools such as the Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen help identify problem gambling behaviors.
Colorado stands out as a state that regulates online gambling. Following passage of Proposition DD in 2019, sports betting was made legal starting May 1, 2020 at Colorado casinos, who embraced this change and are working with technology partners for collaboration purposes.
California offers an abundance of land-based gaming options and is home to a state lottery, while greyhound and horse race wagering is regulated by them too. As a result, this state makes an ideal location for people interested in pari-mutuel betting and gambling enthusiasts alike.
Florida is among the states offering legal online gambling. While Florida’s casino industry may be small, its sports betting offerings are plentiful and extensive resources exist for problem gamblers.
Sports wagering in Nevada is only legal when conducted onsite at licensed pari-mutuel racing facilities such as greyhound racetracks, quarter horse races, jai alai frontons or cardroom poker games licensed to offer this form of gaming – online esports betting is currently unavailable here.
Minnesota does not yet offer legal online gambling options; however, social gambling such as poker and lottery are allowed. Furthermore, pari-mutuel wagering at racetracks and charitable gambling (raffles, pull tabs and bingo) are permitted as well.
However, Minnesota does not currently possess its own iGaming operator or lawmakers have prioritized legalizing online casinos or sports betting as a priority; as such, players from this state often resort to licensed offshore sites governed by an established jurisdiction for gaming activities.
Mississippi is leading the charge to liberalize gambling laws and may eventually offer online sports betting, though currently residents can only enjoy real money casino games at land-based casinos that partner with online sportsbooks and social casinos that allow players to wager virtual coins without risking real cash.
Mississippi boasts 29 casinos, recently introduced a lottery and formed a task force to study internet gaming in 2014.
Missouri does not currently offer legal or regulated real money online casinos, however residents can enjoy playing specialty casino games for free on social casinos such as High 5 and BetRivers that provide various games and loyalty schemes.
Horse racing is legal in Missouri and residents can place bets at local tracks. Daily fantasy sports is considered a game of skill rather than chance and currently legal here.