As of May 2019, only six states have legalized sports gambling. However, many more states are considering legalization, and the industry is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years.
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How Many States Have Legal Sports Gambling?
Since the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that had restricted sports gambling in 2018, many states have been rushing to legalize it. As of 2021, there are 23 states (and Washington, D.C.) where sports gambling is legal. Here is a list of those states:
District of Columbia
New Mexico New York North Carolina Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina Tennessee Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
As of May 2019, only four states have legal sports gambling: Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, and Mississippi.
In May 2019, the Supreme Court overturned a federal law that had effectively banned sports gambling in most states. This ruling opened the door for states to legalize and regulate sports gambling within their own borders.
As of May 2019, only four states have legal sports gambling: Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, and Mississippi. However, many more states are expected to legalize sports gambling in the coming years. Some estimates suggest that as many as 32 states could have legal sports gambling by 2025.
There are a number of reasons why states might choose to legalize sports gambling. For one, it can be a significant source of revenue. It is estimated that sports gambling could generate $6 billion in annual revenue for state and local governments if it were legal nationwide. Additionally, legalizing sports gambling could lead to increased tourism and economic activity surrounding sporting events.