States Where Sports Betting is Legal: A Complete List

When you think about legal sports gambling, the first country that comes to mind is probably the U.S. The reason behind this is the state-by-state regulation of sports betting, which varies from state to state. What this means is that, in some states, (mostly) online sports betting is totally legal, while in other states it’s a crime. This can make betting on sports very complicated if you’re not from the U.S., especially if you’re located abroad.

Thanks to initiatives like the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) and the National Football League (NFL) gambling controversy, most Americans know a lot about the legal aspects of betting on sports. Still, there are a lot of people who don’t and won’t understand why they can’t just pick up their phone and place a bet on their favorite sports team whenever they want without breaking the law.

Why It’s Complicated

The problem is that, in general, the law doesn’t provide for online gambling. The few exceptions are tribes that operate within the legal framework, such as the Seminole Tribe of Florida, or for individuals who are physically located in a state that has legalized sports gambling, such as Nevada. Unfortunately, even in those states, not all forms of online betting are legal, as you’ll soon learn.

Let’s take Nevada as an example. The Silver State is home to some of the most popular casinos in the world, which offer poker, blackjack, and sports betting. You’d think that given the abundance of gambling opportunities, the laws concerning sports betting would be pretty clear. However, even in Nevada, online betting is slightly different from face-to-face betting and telephone betting. For instance, it’s illegal to use a credit card to place a wager in an online sportsbook in Nevada. This means you need to use a Visa, MasterCard, or AMEX for online betting, while other forms of betting are accepted on credit cards.

Where Can I Place A Sports Bet?

There are many places outside the U.S. where betting on sports is legal, but there are also places where it isn’t. So, before you start betting on sports, you should check what regulations apply in the country you’re visiting, as this could affect which bookmakers you’ll be able to use. In some places, online betting is allowed, but phone betting is prohibited. This makes it much simpler to place a wager, as you’ll only need to find a way to access online betting sites. In other places, it’s the other way around: phone betting is allowed but online betting is prohibited. So, in order to place a bet in these countries, you’ll need to find a way to access online betting sites from your mobile phone.

Which Countries Have Banned Sports Gambling?

The best place to start if you want to know which countries have banned sports betting is the Gambling Act of 2005 in U.K. There are also many other countries, such as Australia, France, and Italy, that have banned sports betting and/or online gambling.

The point is that, even in countries where sports gambling is legal, not all sports betting is the same. Some forms of betting, such as online betting, are simply not allowed due to regulations. In other cases, sports gambling is outright banned. In this last scenario, you’ll also need to find a way to place bets in a country where it’s illegal, such as the U.S. or most of Europe.

Where Can I Get My Hands On More Than One Form Of Ironic Trolling?

There are several places you can go to get your hands on more than one form of ironic trolling. For example, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals can also be found in Norwich, Vermont. This is where the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has its headquarters, and within these walls, you’ll find lawyers, lawmakers, freedom fighters, and tech geeks who spend their days challenging the powers that be and protecting your rights in the 21st century.

What does all this have to do with sports? Actually, a good portion of the staff at the EFF, as well as lawyers, lawmakers, and rights activists, often get their hands on sports as a way to better understand the law and its changes as they relate to technology and how it affects people’s lives. So, at the end of the day, when they need to better understand something about sports, they just ask an expert. In this case, that expert happens to be me.

How Do I Place A Sports Bet?

In most cases, you’ll need to go to a bookmaker that is legally available in your area. This brings us to the next question: which ones are legal? Luckily for you, we’ve gone ahead and done the research for you, so you don’t need to search for the “legal” bookmaker in your area. Instead, you can simply click here to see a complete list of all the legal bookmakers globally, along with links to where you can read more about them.

Depending on where you are located, you might also need to adjust the odds or lay odds, as in some countries they can be different than in others. For instance, Australian sportsbooks usually don’t like to make regular lay bets at the same time as parlay bets. This is because regular lay bets aren’t counted as part of the winning percentage in that case. So, if you’re not familiar with odds, they can be a bit tricky to understand. Still, if you’ve ever played the lottery, you’ll have no problem understanding them. In the U.S., for example, odds are usually expressed as 2.7 to 1 or 3 to 1. What this means is that, if you’re laying a $100 wager, you’ll need to bet $267 or $333, respectively, to win $100. In some cases, such as with online betting, these odds can change depending on the books you’re viewing, so it’s always a good idea to check the sports book’s website for the most up-to-date odds before placing a bet.

It’s All About Access

The problem with most places where you can get your hands on more than one form of ironic trolling is that, in order to use them, you need to have access to the internet. This means you’ll need to be in a place where there is a working Wi-Fi connection. Otherwise, you won’t be able to use these places to their full potential. In many cases, you’ll also need to go through a lengthy registration process in order to use these places. Still, it’s worth it. You’ll be able to place bets on the go, without having to find a place with Wi-Fi just to place a wager.

All Of This For What?

Well, as we’ve established, not all forms of sports betting are created equal. So, what is the purpose of all this knowledge? Primarily, it’s so you can figure out which ones are legal in your area. In most cases, this will make a difference in how much you need to wager in order to satisfy your curiosity. Still, there is more than one reason why knowing which forms of sports betting are legal might be useful. First of all, in some places, online betting can be slightly more convenient. Also, if you happen to be in a country where some forms of betting are legal, but others are not, you’ll need to find a way to place bets that aren’t technically banned. For example, in France, you’re not allowed to bet on rugby, while in Italy, horse racing is illegal. In these cases, you’ll need to find a way to place bets on other sports, such as American football, basketball, or baseball, which are all technically “legal” in the country in question.

In some places, you won’t be able to use certain bookmakers or online betting sites because they don’t operate within the legal framework. So, for instance, in the U.S., online betting through the alliance is prohibited. And in France, online bets through Intertops are also considered illegal. These are just two examples of the many ways in which being aware of which forms of sports betting are legal can be useful. Even if you don’t plan on using this particular form of “research” to its full potential, having this knowledge will still be useful from time to time, just to be sure.

Hopefully, this article will have filled you with enough information to get you started down the right path to sports betting literacy. Still, if you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to me via the contact form on my website. Good luck out there.