New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware are currently the only three states offering legal online casino games. All three of these states are home to online casinos, partnered with land-based casinos, offering table games, slots and other classic casino floor games.
Online casino games are legal in West Virginia and Michigan, but the launch of those platforms is still pending.
Legal online sports betting is live in nine states as of April 2020. Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Rhode Island currently have mobile sports wagering platforms up and running.
Delaware legalized online sports betting in June 2018, but at the moment there are no operating mobile betting platforms in the state.
Five other states have passed legislation to offer legal online sports betting: Colorado, Michigan, Montana, Tennessee and Illinois.
21 is the minimum legal gambling age for legal online casinos and sportsbooks in most states, with some exceptions allowing gambling at a minimum age of 18.
Rhode Island is currently the only state offering online gambling of any kind that has a minimum gambling age of 18. Montana, which has passed legislation to offer online sports betting in the future, also has a minimum gambling age of 18.
Yes. All legal, state-regulated online gambling sites are governed by the same authorities that regulate land-based casinos in their respective states.
A wager placed at a legal online sportsbook, casino or poker room comes with the same level of safety as that same wager placed in a land-based casino.
Yes. Legal online casinos are legitimate business enterprises authorized and governed by state regulatory bodies.
Always make sure to research an online casino before playing, to ensure that is indeed a state-regulated platform. These platforms are as legitimate as legal land-based casinos.
All state-regulated legal online casinos use high-level encryption to protect players’ personal information. All personal data is protected by a level of encryption on par with the security used by banking institutions and major vendors for online transactions.
All games are offered on a secure HTTPS connection, and players can institute additional security like two-step authentication on their personal accounts.
In most states, ACH, PayPal, online banking transfer, prepaid debit cards, standard bank-issued debit cards, e-wallets, wire transfer and check by mail are all options for depositing on a legal online gambling site.
The majority of online gambling sites are operated in partnership with a land-based casino, making in-person deposits at the casino cage an option in most cases as well.
Some of these deposit options come with restrictions. Any kind of online banking transfer or debit/credit card used to make a deposit on an online gambling site could be rejected by the bank, even though the attempted deposit is being made on a legal gambling site.
Credit/debit card deposits could entail extra fees if the bank sees the deposit as a credit card cash advance. Some of the other options could come with extra fees as well, and depending on what state you’re in and which bank you’re using, these deposits could be almost instant, or take several days to process.
Withdrawing funds can be done using ACH, PayPal, in-person casino cage transactions, e-wallets, prepaid cards or check by mail in most states.
The state regulatory bodies that oversee land-based casinos also regulate online gambling sites in each state.
In Pennsylvania, for example, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) regulates the state’s entire casino industry, for both land-based casinos and online gambling platforms. For Nevada’s casinos, as well as the state’s legal online sports books and poker sites, the Nevada Gaming Control Board governs the industry.
Regulation of legal online gambling sites is administered on a state level, with unique laws pertaining to each state’s online gambling industry.
Each U.S. state has the freedom to offer legal online gambling under federal law. The states that do offer online gambling have passed legislation, in some cases by way of public vote, to allow for an online gambling industry in the state.
Stances on gambling itself vary widely from state to state. A total of 23 states are home to legal commercial casinos, with several others allowing for casinos on Native American tribal land. As such, each state’s gambling industry is made up of a complex infrastructure of gaming interests.
For a state to legalize online gambling, many pieces have to fall into place from that state’s casino operators, state legislators, and sometimes voters. For these reasons, some states appear primed to offer online gambling, while others might not ever do it.
No. Bovada is an offshore gambling site that cannot legally operate in the U.S.
Bovada has long accepted U.S. players, and playing on Bovada will probably not result in legal ramifications for players. Because Bovada is not a state-regulated site, players are not guaranteed the same safety and regulation that legal platforms in the U.S. offer.
In most of the U.S., yes. FanDuel’s daily fantasy sports (DFS) offerings are legal to play in most of the U.S. FanDuel is explicitly legal in some states, explicitly illegal in some states, and operating in a gray area in others.
FanDuel operates in 42 states, where DFS has either been ruled legal, or not been outlawed. At any given time, however, legislation could change in the states where FanDuel is operating in a gray area.
FanDuel blocks players from Arizona, Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada and Washington State. That doesn’t necessarily mean DFS is illegal in those states, but players on those locations cannot place bets on FanDuel.
FanDuel’s DFS platform is not to be confused with FanDuel SportsBook, which is operating mobile sports betting in several states and is legal in all states in which it operates.
In most of the U.S., yes. DraftKings’ DFS platform is in almost the exact same position as FanDuel DFS.
DraftKings DFS blocks players from Arizona, Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada and Washington State.
Much like FanDuel, DraftKings’ DFS platform is not to be confused with DraftKings Sportsbook, which operates legal, regulated online sports betting platforms in several states.