Online Sports Betting in the South
Despite the federal government’s failure to legalize online gambling through the
Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA), several states have made
moves towards legalizing online betting singapore. This is especially true in the South,
where several states have legalized betting, and others are taking steps to add a
The most recent state to go online is Louisiana, which became the first Southern
state to do so in December of 2019. The state’s market should benefit from its legal
online betting. It has a unique legal set-up, and should be well positioned to
capitalize on the growth of the market. The law allows for 41 different mobile apps,
and should help to attract some operators.
The other states that have passed sports betting legislation in the past few years
include North Dakota, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Oregon. New Mexico is also on its
way to legalization, and is expected to be the second state to launch an online
sports betting market. The state’s lottery remains a viable option for sports betting,
as it retains the ability to offer wagers under the Professional and Amateur Sports
Protection Act (PASPA).
New Jersey was the first state to offer sports betting online, but the state was beaten
by neighboring states. The state was one vote away from legalizing online sports
betting in the 2022 session. However, the legislation fell short of a vote, largely due
to confusion over reworked legislation. Despite the failure of the vote, Governor Roy
Cooper is a devoted advocate for sports betting, and has been an active supporter of
Virginia launched as an online-only endeavor in January of 2021, and was one of the
first states to accept sports bets outside of Nevada. The state’s sports betting
market lags behind its neighbors in revenue, handle, and number of sportsbooks.
However, it has plans for sportsbooks and retail casinos.
Maryland’s online betting has not yet gone live, but the state expects it to be
completed by the 2022 NFL season. The state’s governor urged the Sports Wagering
Application Review Commission to license the first online providers by the 2022 NFL
season. However, lawmakers are reportedly considering a delay in the online betting
law. In order to qualify for an online betting license, a retail sportsbook operator
must have at least a 10% hold on the sportsbooks. The state’s lottery says that this
is unlikely before the application process is completed.
Texas isn’t a likely target in 2023, but a shift in demographics has made the state a
potential target for sports betting. There are three tribal casinos in the state, and
some outside gaming interests have invested in the state. However, the state’s
gaming aversion makes passing a bill in this state difficult.
Mississippi and Alabama are the only Southern states without a lottery for online
sports betting. However, Mississippi and Alabama are the only states that allow bets
to be taken inside casinos, and Alabama is the only state that does not allow
wagering on college sports.