Super Bowl betting is legal in these states
For this year’s Super Bowl, 45 million more American adults can legally bet on big game than last year, thanks to a 2018 Supreme Court ruling decision that has prompted dozens of US states to adopt legalized sports betting.
Since last year’s game, 10 more states have legalized adult sports betting, bringing the total number of states to 33, plus Washington, DC.
Not all states are equal when it comes to legalized sports betting. Some limit players to physically making their bets from physical locations like casinos and licensed sites, while others have also approved mobile and online betting which can occur anywhere indoors. state borders.
Of the 33 states and the District of Columbia that now allow betting from physical locations, 22 states and the District of Columbia have legalized mobile betting. Two exceptions, Maryland and Florida, have yet to make their mobile marketplaces operational, and legal challenges in Florida threaten to upend the state’s new rules. The Louisiana Mobile Market went live just before last month’s big game, although nine parishes maintained a ban on sports betting.
Despite the convenience and ease of mobile and online betting, all states with legal mobile markets require players to place their bets while physically present in the state.
Online betting companies use geofencing technology, a granular location analysis capable of pinpointing the location of a device within five meters, to ensure bettors are within legal jurisdiction, says Casey M Clark, senior vice president of the American Gaming Association. The technology can also detect suspicious location behavior, such as a user attempting to hide their true location using a virtual private network.
Clark tells Yahoo Finance that Washington DC is one of the most complex geofencing areas.
“District-wide mobile is only offered through the lottery, which the District of Columbia has partnered with, but there is brick-and-mortar sports betting, and in conjunction with that, they’re getting what’s called a two-block exclusivity zone where their mobile app will be outside of those two blocks, it won’t work,” Clark said. Three other states are taking a not-so-mobile spin on mobile betting Arkansas, Mississippi and Montana allow players to submit bets from a mobile device, as long as the player is also physically at a licensed gambling property.
Sports betting is still illegal in California, host country of Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. However, in November, California residents will have the opportunity to vote on a ballot initiative that would allow the state to regulate the industry, as well as roulette and dice games at tribal casinos and racetracks.
The new rules are expected to fuel a record $1 billion in legal bets on Sunday’s game, according to PlayUSA. American Gaming Association estimates that global betting on games will reach approximately $7.6 billion, a jump of 78% from last year.
These skyrocketing bets are expected to boost revenue for online and mobile gaming companies like Caesars Entertainment (CZR), FanDuel (PDYPYF), DraftKings (DKNG) and BetMGM (MGM).
New entrants to the legalized sports betting market since last year’s Super Bowl include Arizona, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming . New entrants to legalized mobile markets include New York State and Louisiana.
In the 2018 Supreme Court case that allowed states to legalize sports betting, the court sided with New Jersey and other states in striking down a federal law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The law generally made it illegal for states to allow sports gambling.
Alexis Keenan is a legal reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow Alexis on Twitter @alexiskweed.
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