After the Supreme Court of the United States lifted the federal prohibit on sports betting on May 14, 2018, all states in the country are free to make their decisions whether they pass the legislation to legalize sports betting or not. Most of states have agreed with the allowance on sports betting. Until now, as many as 48 states have legalized or are scheduled to allow this activity.
Since the ruling, 18 states have legalized sports betting within their borders. They are Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Arkansas, New York, Iowa, Oregon, Indiana, New Hampshire, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, and Colorado.
Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., Tennessee, North Carolina, Washington, Virginia, Oklahoma, have signed a bill to pass the law on making sport betting legal. However, they are pending a launch date. Notably, having a launch date permit states to ensure all rulesare established and casinos are ready to go.
There are 24 states that still have to wait for the implementation of the laws on permitting the sports betting. They included Maine, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana, South Carolina, California, Ohio, North Dakota, Arizona, Hawaii, South Dakota, Texas, Georgia, Vermont, Alabama, Florida, Alaska, Wyoming, and Nebraska.
Until now, Idaho and Wisconsin have become the only states to have still prohibited full-blown sports betting. However, such laws would need to be adjusted or amended before full-scale sports wagering would be allowed. The two states have yet to announce any public bills devoted to the sports betting legalization.
Unlikely other states, the Utah government has writen the anti-gambling stance into the state’s constitution for decades. It has banned any forms of gambling, including table games and sports betting and even lottery tickets. Therefore, it would be a massive departure if the authority had made any change to this existing state policy.