Online betting is a hugely popular form of wagering on sports events and can be done from the comfort of your home, work or even while you’re on vacation. Currently, there are 24 states plus Washington DC that offer legal betting options, with new sites and apps continuing to launch across the country. The best sportsbooks have a broad menu of bets, competitive odds and good customer service to keep bettors coming back.
The state that launched sports betting last is New York, which started offering retail and mobile bets Jan. 8 2022, leaving nearly every other state in the dust. Previously, the state only had in-person sportsbooks at a few upstate commercial and tribal casinos, which didn’t generate much interest or revenue.
Illinois has also become a top 10 state for both handle (dollars bet) and tax revenue since it began its rollout in March 2022. It lifted a major roadblock that month when an in-person registration requirement, which had been waived on a month-by-month basis during pandemic lockdowns, expired for the final time. Several online operators, including FanDuel and Caesars, quickly joined the Illinois market after that.
Arkansas has been slow to get started, but it finally began taking bets in 2021 at two tribal casinos miles from any city. The state’s lone online sportsbook launched in December and is operated by DraftKings. TN’s sportsbooks used to have to return a mandatory 10% hold of all bets, but in April 2023 the state passed a law allowing it to tax on betting handle instead.