Sports Betting Legalized: Now Available in 20 States Across the US!

Sports betting is becoming more and more prevalent across the United States, and now 20 states have officially authorized some form of it. This milestone is a result of a 2018 Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). The PASPA, as it was known, prohibited states from authorizing certain types of sports gambling. With this monumental victory, the legal door for sports betting has been opened, giving bettors all over the country the opportunity to wager on their favorite sports.

States with Legal Sports Betting

The following states have authorized some form of legal sports betting:

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

There are currently five other states that have legalized sports betting, but have yet to launch it. They are:

  • Arizona
  • South Dakota
  • Maryland
  • Louisiana
  • North Carolina

The remaining U.S. states are in various stages of exploring and debating sports betting legalization.

What Types of Sports Bets are Available?

A vast majority of states that offer sports wagering offer both online and in-person betting. The types of bets available will depend on the specific state, however common types of sports bets include:

  • Point Spreads
  • Money Lines
  • Totals (over/unders)
  • Futures Bets
  • Parlays
  • Live Betting
  • Props Bets

In some states, more exotic wagers like in-game betting, pools and special bets are also available.


Sports betting has seen an unprecedented rise in popularity over the past few years. As the tide of legalization continues its course throughout the United States, Americans from 20 states now have the opportunity to enjoy different types of sports betting. With more states sure to follow soon, the future of sports betting in the U.S. looks very promising!

Are there age restrictions for sports betting in the US?

Yes, the legal minimum gambling age is generally 18 years old, however in some states the minimum age may be higher. It is up to each state to decide what their legal gambling age limit is.

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