Sports Betting Q&A
Frequently asked questions about sports betting

Are sports betting apps and sites legal?

Last Updated: Apr 6, 2023
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Fact Checked By: Josh Collacchi

Yes. After the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was repealed in 2018, sports betting was legalized on a state-by-state basis.

Passed in 1992, PASPA banned sports betting for all but four states. Delaware, Montana and Oregon were allowed to have ongoing sports lotteries, while Nevada had licensed sports pools. The lone state to take advantage of legalized sports betting was Nevada, which has grown into a powerhouse and destination for sports bettors across the country.

Since PASPA was overturned, numerous states have legalized sports betting and many more have legislation in the works.

As of spring 2023, there are 30+ states (and Washington D.C.) that have legalized sports betting, and more are set to pass bills in the coming years.

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

There are others that allow sports betting in person, such as Delaware, Mississippi, and others.

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