State of Online Gambling in the US: Where It’s Legal?

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Legal Online Poker

Three states would pass online lottery bills and three other would pass intrastate online gaming bills, with many others looking to join the ranks.

Legal Online Poker
Legal Online Poker

Nevada was already prepared

On April 30, 2013, Station Casino’s Ultimate Poker became the first legal online poker room in the United States. Ultimate Poker would eventually suffer the same fate as many first movers, closing its doors on November 17, 2014, after quickly becoming second fiddle in a very small market to WSOP.com when Caesar’s launched their site, WSOP.com, in September of 2013.

Delaware’s state run model

Delaware became the second state to pass an online gaming bill in June of 2012, and became the second state to launch online gaming sites on October 30, 2013. The state may have been second in those categories, but Delaware was first in one respect: Delaware was the first state to launch online casinos, beating New Jersey to the punch by mere weeks, as their online gaming law allowed for both online poker and online casino games.

The New Jersey experiment

New Jersey was the last of three states to launch, doing so on November 21, 2013, but the Garden State was seen as the most important by analysts due to its population of nearly 9 million.

Online lottery sales spread across the U.S.

Three states are already offering full online lottery sales online, and several others are expected to approve online sales in 2015.

Additionally, another state is already preparing to go online in 2015.

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