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US State Gambling Laws

In the United States, online gambling is governed by a patchwork of state statutes. The federal government generally defers to the discretion of individual states when it comes to regulating gaming. The legal status of gambling and the forms it can take differ across the United States.

Some states lie somewhere in the middle, such as those that restrict gambling to regulated establishments like casinos. Other states may allow some forms of gambling but not others.

For instance, bets on horse races, both on and off the track, as well as bets on sporting events and casino games, are all legal in states like New Jersey. But while bets on horse races are legal in Washington, wagers on other sports are not. Moreover, in Washington State, casinos can only be found on Native American reservations.

Even if gambling is legalized at the state level, it may still be prohibited by specific municipalities. Local governments can opt out of hosting casinos and other forms of gaming.

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Gambling Laws by State
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado
Connecticut Delaware DC Florida Georgia Hawaii
Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky
Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire
New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio
Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota
Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington
West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

In 48 out of the 50 states, gambling is allowed, at least in some contexts. Utah and Hawaii are the only two states that outrightly prohibit it. Gaming is permitted throughout Nevada, which has earned a reputation as a gambling haven.