While legal sports betting is now offered in upwards of 30-plus states, the progression towards online casino gambling has been much slower. In this article we will sift through each state to determine whether or not you can gamble online legally.
The first state on the list is Vermont, where both online sports betting and casino play are currently permitted. However, residents are limited to the handful of physical casinos in the state and must be at least 21 years old to place a wager. The state is a great example of the differences in attitudes toward different forms of online gambling.
Next up is Rhode Island, which only recently made it legal for residents to play at online casinos. The Pine Tree State was firmly against the idea for a long time, but Gov. Dan McKee jumped on the bandwagon after seeing neighboring states roll out their iGaming markets.
Pennsylvania was the third state to legalize online gambling after New Jersey and Delaware, but it took more than 18 months for its first sites to launch. Despite the lengthy wait, the Keystone State has since launched more than 10 iGaming options that are safe to wager with. The site offerings include popular brick-and-mortar casino operators like Parx and Rivers, along with DraftKings and FanDuel.
Connecticut is another state that allows iGaming, but the number of available operators is limited. Players can wager at DraftKings and FanDuel, who have partnered with the state’s two tribal casinos to offer online gaming. Other operators may eventually make their way to the Constitution State, but it will likely be some time before the state sees widespread iGaming.
Among the remaining states, Montana is home to a few legal land-based casinos and does not permit any online gambling. Social casinos are also banned in the state, but this stance is unlikely to change anytime soon. The other notable exclusion is Hawaii, which has a staunch anti-gambling policy and does not allow any form of online wagering.
Aside from the state-specific restrictions, the Federal Wire Act remains a huge roadblock to online gambling in general. The 1961 law prohibits the transmission of information and payments regarding sports betting across state lines, although a 2011 re-interpretation has allowed for some loopholes.
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