What States Is Online Gambling Legal?

Online gambling is an immensely popular pastime, but not legal everywhere. In the US, legalities of casino gaming, sports betting and poker differ depending on which state it takes place – some have legalized such activities while others prohibit them outright. This article details current status of gambling across the nation as well as providing a summary of each state’s laws regarding online gaming.

Oregon only permits certain forms of online gambling: sports betting and pari-mutuel wagering – while prohibiting other forms such as social casinos that provide virtual coins without real currency exchange; Oregon’s laws classify providing or offering online gambling services within its borders as a third-degree felony offense.

However, a recent Justice Department memorandum has revised the Wire Act in such a way as to allow states to license and regulate their own online gaming offerings – leading to an explosion in legal online gambling sites across multiple states since 1997.

Pennsylvania passed legislation in 2021 legalizing its own iGaming market and licensing it through the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. An online sports betting market also began accepting bets from Pennsylvania residents beginning in 2019, though betting on player props at college games was prohibited by this regulation.

Colorado legalized online sports betting in 2020 and set its own market. At first, wagers could only be placed on in-state college games; however, since then they’ve lifted this restriction and allow betting on various events. Furthermore, Colorado imposes taxes of 10% of each bet placed.

New Jersey’s legalization of iGaming in 2021 was met with great success, becoming one of the leading markets for online casinos. Furthermore, its laws were recently revised in order to facilitate additional forms of iGaming within its borders in 2023.

Nebraska does not explicitly prohibit or permit online gambling; however, its laws do not license any iGaming sites. There are however several land-based and tribal casinos offering iGaming as well as several online poker rooms and lottery-style websites that host sweepstakes with real cash prizes; residents may also participate in daily fantasy sports which do not fall under federal gambling law.

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