Legal options for betting in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Iowa and Nevada
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US Online Betting Options Up To Six States As Football Season Ramps Up

NFL betting online in the US

With the NFL season now in its third week, American sports betting is up. There’s a lot of overlap between poker players and sports bettors, and, for a good reason, as the two activities have a lot in common:

  • They’re fun.
  • They’re beatable.
  • They’re popular in the US.
  • Now, depending on where you live, they’re legal online.

If you’re hoping to make a few bucks on your gridiron predictions this fall, here’s a quick rundown of the states that offer legal online sports betting.

New Jersey sports betting

New Jersey has, of course, has been the early adopter for online gambling. Also, it is the instigator of the lawsuit that eventually led to the US Supreme Court overturning PASPA, which made it possible for the states to decide whether or not to allow sports betting. As such, it also has the widest array of operators currently offering online betting.

There are a total of seventeen NJ sports betting apps available in the Garden State. The latest additions are Unibet and Bet365, while other prominent ones include:

Pennsylvania sports betting

Although the Keystone State’s first online sportsbook, PlaySugarHouse, opened less than four months ago, at the end of May. Four others have already joined it, and the total should soon reach six.

Parx Casino and BetRivers both have online sportsbooks operating off the same back end as PlaySugarHouse. For a different product, you’re looking at either FanDuel or Fox Bet, which launched last week. We also expect that Harrah’s Philadelphia – owned by Caesars – will go live with a site similar to that in New Jersey sometime this fall.

More operators are likely to join before the year’s out for online sportsbooks in PA:

• DraftKings, in partnership with The Meadows.
• BetAmerica, in partnership with Presque Isle Downs.
• Unibet, in partnership with Mohegan Sun Pocono.

Nevada sports betting

Prior to the repeal of PAPSA, Nevada was the only state where sports betting was legal but, until recently, bets had to occur in person. Online options do exist in the state now but are a bit limited compared to New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Bettors must register in-person before they can bet online.

Caesars and William Hill offer online options in Nevada, along with a handful of other local casinos. However, you won’t find the likes of DraftKings, FanDuel or Fox Bet there for the time being.

West Virginia sports betting

West Virginia, though sparsely populated compared to some of the other online sports betting states, was an early adopter, the first after New Jersey and Nevada.

As a result, its citizens have a couple of options available, namely DraftKings and FanDuel. Though both these companies are known predominantly for their daily fantasy sports offerings, their sportsbooks in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia offer a full slate of conventional sports betting options.

Iowa sports betting

Iowa is a newcomer to sports betting, with legislation having passed in May. The first operators, William Hill and Elite Sportsbook, having gone live last month.

If you live in Iowa and want to place bets, you have to go to a casino to sign up. That state of affairs is expected to last until January 2021, after which online sign-up may become available per the state’s laws.

Rhode Island sports betting

Rhode Island is the latest state to have an online sports betting option, but as is the case for in-person betting, this is only through the state lottery. Here too, in-person registration is required, after which state residents can place bets online through the state’s site and app.

Oregon sports betting

Like Rhode Island, Oregon plans to offer online sports betting through its state lottery. It had initially targeted to go live in early September but announced at the end of August that it would not meet this date. It seems that further testing of its online product is required to make sure that everything is working properly.

At the time, the revised estimate was that online betting would become available later this month or in early October, but there have been no updates since. For now, Oregonians will have to remain patient.

Alex Weldon
- Alex is a freelance writer and artist living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He has been doing data-based analysis of the online gaming industry since 2016.
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