Online gambling in the United States, despite the progress it’s made over the last ten years, is still illegal in the majority of states across the country.
However, there is an upward curve in terms of how palatable online gambling is becoming in many of the banned states, especially where other forms of gambling is legal, such as commercial or tribal casino gaming or sports betting.
This upward trend is in part due to the current ongoing Covid-19 lockdown measures enforced state-wide, resulting in the closure of all gambling establishments since March 2020.
According to reports, some Americans have had a complete change of heart on online gambling and some others are coming around to the idea following the suggestion that casinos, as part of the hospitality industry, will not be re-opening until at least June 2020, with some properties remaining shuttered until July 2020 and beyond.
In addition to online casino gambling, sports betting is following a similar trend and at present there are nineteen states whereby sports betting and wagering on events such as NFL and NHL is now legal.
Reportedly, within the next ten years predictions are being made that suggest at least half of all US states and territories will legalise online gambling.
The current ten states and territories where online gambling is legal are:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia