Published: December 3, 2022

Four US States That May Regulate iGaming Soon

More than four years since the US Supreme Court allowed sports betting, many states are yet to legalize iGaming activities. To date, only six states have legal iGaming. You can access iGaming products in New Jersey, West Virginia, Michigan, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. New Jersey and Delaware adopted internet gaming in 2013 and have made several bold steps since then. Connecticut joined recently, but four other states are planning to legalize iGaming soon.

Illinois might come on board sooner than expected

Illinois passed online sports betting laws in 2019 but remained silent on online casino gambling. There is some form of online gambling that goes on in the state, but no law is yet to be passed. The state may not pass the laws in 2022, but it is expected to pass them sooner than expected. State Senator Dave Syverson said the probability of passing the laws this year is zero but certain in the future.

The Senator said the state was busy dealing with laws regulating traditional casinos, and considerations for online casinos will come after. He confirmed that land-based casino facilities will begin to be built in 2023, and he expects the entire process will take time. Syverson could not rule out the possibility of iGaming legalization in Illinois in 2023.

Indiana has introduced a pair of bills

Indiana could become the 7th state to legalize iGaming in the US. A pair of bills were introduced into the house in early 2022. They are now in the advanced phase, and legal iGaming could start soon in the state. You might not get a chance  to enjoy your holidays while playing online games in 2022, but this will happen soon.

Maryland has made bold steps

It is not likely that Maryland will have legal iGaming activities within 2022 but expect the legislative processes to be through within 2023. Due to the rise of iGaming popularity, the legislators are doing the best they can to ensure the procedures go through smoothly.

Retail sports betting in Maryland started in December 2021, and now the state is focusing on ensuring all the obstacles are dealt with. Seven sportsbook operators are live in the state, and the sector is picking pace fast. Based on Maryland laws, voters must approve any expansion of commercial gambling laws. Due to this, the state needs to go through a referendum before the legislature passes iGaming legislation.

New York to introduce iGaming legislation in 2023

New York Senator Joseph Addabbo is expected to introduce iGaming legislation in the state in 2023. John A. Pappas, the IDEA Progress advocacy director in New York, said the legislative process for iGaming has taken too long to materialize. New York residents, however, may not expect legalization to be passed too soon but will have to wait a little longer to wager on online casino games.

Addabbo had tried to introduce the legislation in 2022 but was asked to do it another time. The Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee Chairman in the Senate cited a lack of enough time to discuss the bill. He promised to push the process through, citing that the state is already benefiting from mobile sports betting.

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