There was a federal ban on sports betting in the USA from 1992 to 2018 under the Skilled and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).
The 1992 law allowed immunity to four countries that had previously permitted sports betting inside their borders. Those countries are Nevada, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana.
New Jersey’s state contested the legality of PASPA. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in late 2017. On May 14, SCOTUS issued a decision reversing the ban, striking down PASPA in total by a vote of 6-3. Thanks to the conclusion, the following states now offer legal sports gambling:
Delaware — Launched June 5, 2018
Sports Betting in New Jersey — Launched June 14, 2018
Mississippi — Launched Aug. 1, 2018
West Virginia — Launched Aug. 30, 2018
Sports Betting in Pennsylvania — Launched Nov. 16, 2018
Rhode Island — Launched Nov. 26, 2018
Arkansas — Launched July 1, 2019
Countries who have passed sports gambling legislation, but haven’t launched it yet:
Tennessee — April 30, 2019
Montana — May 3, 2019
Indiana — May 8, 2019 (get a full FAQ here)
Iowa — May 13, 2019
Illinois — June 2, 2019
Delaware was actually the first into the enlarged marketplace. The state used the existing sports betting law on its books, established single-game wagering regulations, and started taking bets on June 5, 2018.
A property in New Mexico also started booking legal wagers on Oct. 16. Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel signed a deal with USBookmaking in early October to launch a sportsbook.
Why is New Mexico an intriguing case is that Santa Ana is a tribal home. Mississippi was the first state to start tribal sports betting, but it was performed in conjunction with a state law. In Santa Ana’s case, sports betting remains prohibited everywhere in the country, but the tribe can accept bets on its land.
The Pueblo of Santa Ana Gambling Regulatory Commission regulates the casino’s wagers.
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