Gambling is a game of chance and is usually played on something of value, such as a sports event, a lottery, or a future event. Some people consider gambling as an entertaining activity and others see it as a risky venture that may harm their well-being. But for those who choose to gamble, there are laws that govern them. The federal government and the states have legalized and regulated gambling.
States can regulate betting through several methods, ranging from online casinos to lottery systems. In addition to legalized games of chance, some states have also passed laws allowing residents to wager on fantasy sports. These regulations are governed by the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission.
Online casinos are currently allowed in Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey, but not in New York. A bill to allow sports betting in New York is expected to be introduced in 2022. However, it is unclear if the legislation will pass.
Oregon is another state that has legalized sports betting in-person. Although the first casino to take bets hasn’t opened yet, two other locations are expected to launch in the coming months. Meanwhile, Nebraska voters approved a constitutional amendment in November to legalize games of chance at licensed horse tracks.
Several other states are interested in legalizing sports betting. Arizona and Florida both have limited offerings. Those in Alabama and Mississippi haven’t yet opted to make online gambling available. Texas has long been considered a weak state for gambling, but shifting demographics and outside gaming interests could make it a target in the next few years.
Kansas allows sports betting in up to 12 online sportsbooks. Those casinos may also offer mobile wagering. They can also offer in-person betting at state racinos. The state’s HB 356 prohibits underage gambling at casinos.
Unlike in other states, betting is not permitted at in-state college games. New York’s mobile sports betting launch threatens the Garden State’s dominance in this field. Its online casinos do generate over $80 million per month, though.
Washington is another state that has a strong anti-gambling stance. Despite the state’s large Native American population, the casino industry is dominated by Native American-owned businesses, such as casinos and tribal casinos. One of the biggest deterrents to revenue potential in Washington is the lack of mobile sports betting.
Ohio, which is home to major sports franchises like the NFL and the NBA, is another state that has been considering legalizing sports betting. As of now, the state’s legislation doesn’t go far enough. While the state’s governor has backed legalizing sports betting, the legislature has shown little interest in moving the issue forward.
South Carolina has flirted with sports betting in the past. After an attempt to pass a law failed last year, the legislature decided to re-introduce a bill that would make it legal. Despite the state’s aversion to gambling, polls show that voters support it. Another bill, called Prop 27, proposed legalizing sports betting across the entire state.