If you’re a sports fan and want to try your luck in sports betting, you’ve come to the right place. Sports betting in Ohio is now legal. In 2019, Iowa is on the way, and Pennsylvania may be next in 2022. These are the states where you can legally place your bets.
Legalization of sports betting in Ohio
A new sports betting bill is pending in the Ohio legislature. SB176, authored by state senator Kirk Schuring, would create 40 sports betting licenses in Ohio. These licenses would be divided between brick-and-mortar sportsbooks and online sportsbooks. The bill would also mandate sportsbooks be standalone businesses, not operated by existing racinos. Additionally, the bill would create a flat-fee sports pool product for the state lottery. However, a lack of support for the bill resulted in a delay.
As of now, there are 11 retail casinos in Ohio. As of the time of writing, the state legislature may still require wagerers to register in person at one of these sportsbooks. However, this requirement is suspended through 2020. Additionally, the Ohio legislature may allow online registration instead, which would make the process easier for sports bettors.
Iowa legalizes sports betting in 2019
The state of Iowa is poised to legalize sports betting in 2019. Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 366 and Study Bill 1168 into law in May. The legislation allows Iowa casinos to offer sports wagering. It also establishes a gambling problem policy. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will oversee the new business.
The new law makes Iowa the third Midwestern state to legalize sports betting. Illinois, Montana, and Indiana have all recently passed sports betting legislation. Several states are now considering sports betting bills. If passed, the bills could move forward as early as 2019 or as late as 2020. While the legislation is not final, it represents a significant step forward for Iowa.
Online sports betting will be available to Iowans in late summer and early fall. Several sportsbooks are already operating in the state. Caesars Sportsbook, which launched Iowa’s first online sportsbook in August, has already established itself as a Tier-1 provider. The new version of its app offers expanded sports coverage, more live betting options, and flexible betting limits. Plus, it integrates with the Caesars Rewards loyalty program. Additionally, new customers will be eligible to claim a multi-part welcome bonus. All it takes is a minimum $10 bet.
Pennsylvania legalizes sports betting in 2022
Pennsylvania has been legalizing sports betting for four NFL seasons, and the expansion of gaming has benefited the state and western Pennsylvania. Bipartisan support helped pass legislation to legalize sports wagering in the state. It also came at a time when neighboring states were already legalizing the industry, and Pennsylvanians were increasingly crossing state lines to place their wagers.
Currently, residents of Pennsylvania can bet on sports through a number of sportsbooks. The state has thirteen online sportsbooks, which account for 90% of all bets placed in the state. The state also has numerous retail sportsbooks, including many in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Pennsylvania residents will have many options to place their bets, from accumulating points to placing bets on props.
With the passage of Act 71, Pennsylvania legalized sports betting at racetracks and casinos. It also allowed for mobile sports betting in Pennsylvania, and five sports betting apps launched in June.