With the spread of legal sports betting, several states are moving quickly to legalize online and mobile sports betting. A handful of states currently offer legal online sports betting, while a few others have introduced legislation to legalize the activity in the near future.
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MOBILE BETTING APPS
As an increasing number of sports betting operators across the nation ramp up operations and capitalize on the repeal of PASPA, more sports betting apps are being rolled out in states with legal sports betting. Every sports betting app will vary slightly, as a result of differences in laws and regulations between states, but all give bettors the chance to place sports wagers using a mobile device.
For instance, while New Jersey residents can bet on a mobile device from anywhere within state borders, Mississippi legislation states that must be on casino property to place bets using mobile devices. Check out our sports betting app guide for a quick rundown on what to look for before you begin using a mobile betting app.
New Jersey Online Casinos
New Jersey is currently the largest market for regulated online gambling in the US. Dozens of legal and licensed online casino platforms operate in the state, each offering a variety of casino games that New Jersey residents and visitors can play for real cash prizes. Check out our New Jersey online casino guide here for more details.
LEGAL SPORTS BETTING FAQS
Is it legal to bet on sports in the US?
Yes, in some states. The repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) lifted the federal ban on sports betting. This means it is now up to each individual US state to decide whether to legalize sports betting.
In which US states is sports betting legal?
Sports betting is currently legal in Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, Mississippi, Rhode Island, West Virginia, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.
What’s the legal age to bet on sports?
Each state has different laws and regulations in place. In most US states the legal age to bet on sports is 21 as most sportsbooks occupy space in casinos.
Can I bet on sports online?
Yes, in selected states. Only a handful of states have legalized online and mobile sports betting. Sportsbooks in New Jersey, Nevada and West Virginia offer some form of mobile or online sports betting.
Are offshore sports betting sites legal?
We advise against using offshore sports betting sites. This is because they don’t usually hold a license to operate in any US jurisdiction, making them illegal. As offshore sites are not licensed to operate in the US, they are unlikely to have basic player protection measures in place and aren’t subject to US regulation regarding the security of player funds and sensitive data.
Sports betting is not legal in my state. Can I use a website or app from another state to place bets?
Yes, as long as you are physically present in that state you can make bets using sportsbooks and mobile sports betting apps. Of course, you’ll need to abide by other gambling laws within that US state.
What sports can I bet on in the US?
Each state has different rules and regulations, but you can bet on a variety of professional sports such as NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB. Some states also allow you to wager on college sports, however, each state approaches this differently.