There are a lot of states that have sports betting laws. Many have archaic or poorly written laws that need to be updated. Others have no laws at all. It is often difficult to tell where the law lies in any given case. Here are some examples.
Alaska: Sports betting is legal in Alaska, as it is in many small cities. However, the law does not indicate how much money one can make or if they have to wager. Only the county sheriff may regulate the amount of wagers that may be placed on sports betting. No other local municipalities may regulate the amount of bets, which means the law could stay inadequate and not legally binding.
Arizona: A resolution was introduced in the Arizona State Legislature to legalize sports betting. However, it was not passed. The main problem is that the Arizona legislature is controlled by the gambling lobby, which is opposed to legalizing gambling. Even if the legislature does pass the resolution, there will probably not be enough votes to override a veto by the Governor.
Arkansas: Like Alaska, there are no legal restrictions on how much one can wager on any given game. There are two gambling bills in the state legislature that would make it legal to wager. Both of those bills have been rejected by the House and Senate. For now, it appears that the likelihood of those bills passing in the next legislative session is slim.
North Dakota: One North Dakota House delegation proposed a bill would legalize sports betting. The bill would make the following changes in the Nelspeth Casino Control Act: It would authorize the Nelspeth Casino and Resort to allow customers to wager at designated tables on games conducted at the casino. The bill would also allow non-residents to place wagers on games operated by Nelspeth. The delegate did not present the bill to the house as of press time.
Minnesota: Sportsbooks in Minnesota have proposed legislation that would allow individuals to bet on state or national level games. However, none of that has been passed. In May, the Minnesota House voted to pass a resolution in support of legalized sports betting. Minnesota is the fifth state to consider legalized sports betting. The Minnesota Vikings opened their doors for football betting back in February and soon thereafter released their opening game against the defending Super Bowl champs, the Green Bay Packers.
North Dakota: North Dakota is the tenth state to consider legalizing sports betting. The North Dakota legislature passed a bill to legalize sports betting in March. The House and Senate both voted in favor of the measure. The NCAA is expected to release a guideline soon that could change the landscape of north Dakota law.
Legalization of sports betting in North Dakota is still in the very early stages. Although the North Dakota legislature has not voted to legalize sports betting, there are many members who support the idea. If the North Dakota Supreme Court agrees with a majority of members who voted to legalize it for the 2021 election; the proposal could be approved on the state ballot.
College Sports Betting: If legalized, it would be the first time college sports betting has been legalized in over twenty years. College football and men’s basketball have long been the pillars of collegiate sports betting. If legalized, college sports betting would add another significant revenue stream into the NCAA and potentially bring additional revenue to the schools that sponsor teams. It is also possible that future NCAA playoff games could be televised via live sports betting.
Sports Betting In The Tribal Market: North Dakota is not the only place in the United States where collegiate and professional sports betting is taking place. The western part of the country is also seeing growth in the growth of tribal gaming. Professional and college sports betting is growing in popularity in tribal lands. Some North Dakota tribal members are now starting their own sports betting ventures. Although the wagering in western North Dakota is fairly new, some western North Dakota college teams have been playing games against teams in southern states for years.
Sports Betting Bill: A sports betting bill is expected to come before the state legislature in 2021. The primary goal of the bill is to remove the current ban on sports betting that is in place in nineteen other states. The ban came about because of a lack of proper licensing of online gambling in the state. The new bill will legalize online gambling across the state. It is possible that in late 2021 or early 2021 the ban on sports betting will be lifted entirely.
Online Gambling Bill: Similar to the internet poker bills, a future gambling bill is expected to be introduced soon. This bill will make it legal to play online blackjack, craps, baccarat, and other non-real money gambling games. The goal of this bill is to enable those who are unable to access gambling in casinos to still partake in online gambling games. With the internet now accessible to nearly everyone, legalized internet poker may become an economic boon to outlying areas of the country.