Which State Will Launch Online Sports Betting Next?

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The landscape of sports betting in the U.S. changes nearly every month, as more states introduce bills, pass laws, or launch legalized betting.

On September 9, Arizona became the latest state to launch sports betting, just in time for the NFL season. But several states wait in the queue to be the next to go live with mobile sports betting.

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Connecticut Might Be Next Sports Betting Market To Go Live

Almost as if to reassure anxious sports fans in his state, on the first day of the NFL season, Governor Ned Lamont announced that Connecticut will launch in October. This follows months of wrangling over the details of sports betting after it was signed into law in May of 2021. One of the challenges was the approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which gave their approval in early September.

We know that three sportsbooks will be operational in Connecticut: DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetRivers. DraftKings and FanDuel will also operate online casino apps in Connecticut. And, there will be at least a dozen retail sportsbooks around the state. 

Hurried Louisiana Is Scrambling To Get Into The Market

You know that friend you have who always makes things happen? That’s Louisiana, where state officials have approved the use of emergency rules so citizens can bet legally on sports sometime this fall. The governor signed Louisiana sports betting into law in June. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board is assigning licensing and approving regulatory procedures in anticipation of a sports betting launch before Thanksgiving.

Louisiana has many casinos and riverboat gambling operations, and several are expected to be approved for a sports betting license. However, nine of Louisiana’s 55 parishes voted no to sports betting, so retail and online sports betting won’t be legal statewide.

Maryland Closing In On Sports Betting Launch

Sports betting was legalized in Maryland a month after New York, but the state is on a faster track. Professional sports teams and casinos will get the first slate of licenses, with a possibility that sportsbooks could launch this fall. The state is expected to set records with up to 60 mobile betting apps potentially coming to the market. 

In addition to online sports betting, 17 venues are assured of a license for in-person sports betting. This includes M&T Bank Stadium, home to the Ravens, who have partnered with Caesars. FanDuel has already completed their Sports & Social bar located inside the Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland.

New York Aiming For Online Sportsbooks By Super Bowl

In April 2021, the governor of New York signed the state’s mobile sports betting bill into law. Four months later, the New York State Gaming Commission revealed a list of license applicants. It appears the state will launch in January following a licensing period. Currently, legal retail sports betting is available in New York, but locations are sparse.

The New York market is expected to be one of the most active in the United States. Currently, there are no retail betting locations in New York City. The Empire State has the fourth-largest population in the country. But New York is taking a measured approach: the state has not legalized online casino gaming or poker, and unlike other states, New York will have a hybrid state-run operation for online sports betting, which means the odds at their sportsbooks may be less competitive than you’ll find in neighboring states New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The New York Gaming Commission has stated bettors can expect a minimum of 4 sports betting apps to launch.

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