What States Allow Online Gambling?

what states allow online gambling

Recently, online gambling has rapidly spread throughout the U.S. with over 30 states now legalizing it; however, some state laws still forbid casino and sports betting due to PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992). Below is an overview of current status of gaming in each state.

Rhode Island became the latest state to legalize online casino games when Gov. Dan McKee signed the legislation into effect on June 20, 2023. Rhode Island follows in the footsteps of New Jersey and Delaware which both launched their iGaming markets back in 2018. Rhode Island’s new law includes several unique features, such as mandating that all table games feature live dealers.

Pennsylvania stands as an outstanding example of a state that successfully expanded their iGaming market following PASPA’s repeal, boasting one of the world’s largest markets thanks to partnerships with top operators like BetMGM, Caesars and FanDuel.

Pennsylvania recently passed legislation making it easier for land-based casinos to offer online casino play as part of their licensed services, a move expected to boost Pennsylvania’s struggling gambling industry.

California may be one of the most populous U.S. states, yet gambling remains restricted here. While California did pass legislation to legalize sports betting in 2021, online casino gaming remained prohibited due to this bill; tribal casinos may provide alternative gaming experiences within California’s borders.

Utah is another state that prohibits gambling, with laws strictly banning both casino play and sports betting. While lawmakers have proposed multiple bills to reverse Utah’s anti-gambling stance, they have failed thus far.

Vermont stands out as an anomaly because its law allows both sports betting and casino gambling online, but not both at once. Residents in Vermont can place sports bets through FanDuel, DraftKings and BetMGM sportsbooks online – an unfavorable scenario but may serve as a gateway towards legal online casino play within its borders.

West Virginia provides its residents with many choices when it comes to online gaming, with nine casinos affiliated with top operators partnering online casino operators. Furthermore, many brick-and-mortar casinos make West Virginia an extremely competitive iGaming market.