More Fans Can Easily Bet on the NFL Than Ever Before
When the full slate of NFL games kicks off on Sunday, more people than ever before will be able to legally place a wager on games in the country’s most popular league.
Bettors in 11 states now have convenient access to online sports betting with multiple sportsbooks (Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming). Five of those states have launched online betting in the last 12 months.
Three additional states offer online betting, but only with one sportsbook (New Hampshire, Oregon, and Rhode Island). Online betting is also legal in Illinois and Nevada, but with the totally unnecessary inconvenience that bettors must first register in person at a participating casino. Iowa previously had the same requirement, but allowed it to expire in January 2021. Combined, that amounts to 14 states with easy access to sports betting, plus two where it’s a little inconvenient.
Some states, such as Connecticut and Louisiana, are working to open online sports betting by the end of the year.
Regulations and available sportsbooks vary by state—for example, in Virginia, bettors can’t gamble on any game involving an in-state college, but Arizona does allow this. But for the most part, sports fans in the above states can bet on whatever games they want, including all the major U.S. sport
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