Is sports betting legal in California?
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2020
Fact Checked By: Adam Zdroik
No. Sports betting is not legal in California, but that could change as soon as November 2020.
Multiple bills have been introduced the last few years, but nothing was close to happening until 2020 when tribes started mustering support. As long as they get enough signatures, a sports betting initiative will be on the November 2020 ballot, though the Coronavirus pandemic delayed the process.
Even if the initiative passes on the ballot, regulations will still have to be made, which means sports betting likely wouldn't launch until late 2021. Unfortunately for some, the bill would only allow retail sportsbooks at casinos and racetracks, not through online operators. According to survey numbers, the majority of California voters don't want mobile wagering.
Horse racing betting is legal in person and online, while Daily Fantasy Sports are allowed without legislation. There have been numerous attempts to pass a law legalizing fantasy sports, but California's gambling powers haven't been able to agree on regulations. Until that happens, unregulated DFS contests will continue in the state because they're considered games of skill.
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Kentucky sports betting is legal, but it is not live as of yet. Expect launch in late 2023 or early 2024.
Yes. Sports betting will launch in late 2023 or early 2024 in Kentucky.
No. Sports betting is not legal in Oklahoma and that doesn't appear close to changing.
Yes. Sports betting was legalized in Arkansas in 2018 and launched at physical locations a year later.
Yes. Delaware was the first state in the country other than Nevada to legalize sports betting in June 2018.
Yes. Sports betting was legalized in 2019 and officially launched March 2020 through Montana Lottery.
Yes. Sports betting is legal in New Hampshire but only online through DraftKings Sportsbook.
Yes. Sports betting is legal in Oregon and can be done through the state lottery.
Yes. Sports betting is legal online and at two physical sportsbooks in Rhode Island.
Yes. West Virginia passed a law to legalize and regulate sports betting in 2018 prior to the ending of PASPA.
No. Sports betting is not legal in Utah and may be one of the last states to legalize it if it does happen at all.
No. While sports betting bills have been introduced in South Carolina throughout the years, none of them have been close to getting approval.
No. Sports betting in North Dakota remains illegal after two bills didn't make it through legislature in 2019.
No. While lawmakers have proposed changes to the sports betting bill every year, Native American tribes have yet to change their stance.
No. Maine's governor vetoed a sports betting bill in early 2020 and while the Senate and House tried to overturn it, they didn't succeed.
No. Sports betting is not legal in Nebraska and while there are bills in the works to change that, it is a long way from happening in 2020.
No. Sports betting is prohibited in Georgia and the future is unclear for legalization.
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