Brick And Mortar Sportsbooks
For decades, there were very few places where bettors could find brick and mortar sportsbooks in the United States. Now, however, sports fans in select states are able to visit their local casinos, racinos, and off-track betting locations, to place wagers on sports. Not only are there are numerous locations for land-based sports betting, but there are also expanded wagering options. For example, bookmakers are no longer under the confines of accepting one particular wager type and can take bets on all of the major sports leagues. This is a welcome change for sports enthusiasts in the USA who have been waiting for nearby sportsbooks to open.
With the industry still relatively new, sports fans still have a lot to learn about brick and mortar sports betting. New land-based sportsbooks are opening frequently in various states, and it can be a lot to keep up with. There are also differences in what each bookmaker offers, but reading sportsbook reviews for the states with legal sports betting can be helpful. As long as bettors stay informed in regards to legal sports betting states and anticipated launch dates, finding out where to go bet on sports in your state is simple.
PASPA And The Expansion Of Brick & Mortar Sports Betting
PASPA, which stands for the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), could be considered the biggest adversary of brick and mortar sports betting. The law made it so that states could not issue new sports betting licenses, nor could local governments operate, promote, or sponsor sports gambling operators. The constitutionality of the law was challenged by the State of New Jersey in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, with the legal proceedings for the case beginning in August of 2012 when the NCAA and major sports leagues sued the state. It was not until May 14th, 2018 that the Supreme Court issued a majority opinion that PASPA violated the Tenth Amendment by commandeering regulatory power from the states. With the federal law overturned, each state has the authority to legalize sports betting. The expansion of land-based sportsbooks began almost immediately after the SCOTUS ruling with many states having passed preemptive legislation.
The Future Of Land-Based Sports Betting In The United States
Though the sports betting industry has taken major strides in recent years, there is still room for improvement. Many states have legalized land-based sports betting, but did not include language for mobile or online sports betting within their bills. Considering that these two categories account for the multi-billion dollars earned by offshore operators, the majority of state legislators will likely address online wagering in the future. On that same note, the states that do have online sports betting limit wagering opportunities to locals by utilizing geofence technology. This means that a Florida bettor, for example, can not place online wagers at a New Jersey sportsbook.
In the future, lawmakers will look to re-evaluate the Wire Act in the same way that PASPA was revisited. The federal law is contradictory in that it could be interpreted to allow interstate wagers as long as both states have legal sports betting, but the general legal opinion is that such activity is prohibited. Brick and mortar sportsbooks will continue to thrive in the USA, with venues further exploring opportunities for online growth.
States With Brick & Mortar Sportsbooks
The states with brick & mortar sportsbooks will likely continue to grow each and every year. Pressure from neighboring states seems to be a catalyst as lawmakers do not want to lose out on the potential revenue from their own residents on legal sports betting. To make it as easy as possible to find out if your state has land-based sportsbooks, we will continue to update the list below as new bookmakers launch around the country:
The original gambling mecca of the USA, land-based sportsbooks in Nevada held a longstanding monopoly. Though other states offer sports betting, there is still no other state with quite as many bookmakers as the State of Nevada. According to the UNLV Center for Research, there are 192 sportsbooks in Nevada and counting. These include brick and mortar NV betting shops plus their online options as well. The State has a mix of commercial, independent, and tribal casino sportsbook operators.
Delaware sportsbooks are not actually all that new, as the state has been able to offer limited sports betting for quite some time. However, the three (3) existing casinos in the state are now licensed to offer full-scale sports wagering – a much-welcomed change from the NFL parlays that sportsbooks were once only authorized to offer. Delaware brick and mortar sportsbooks were the first to launch after the end of PASPA, with the first single-game wager accepted June 2018.
New Jersey Sportsbooks
The state most eager to tap into the brick and mortar sports betting industry was New Jersey. For five years the state fought tirelessly to bring regulated sports betting to its residents, and in 2018 NJ lawmakers finally won. Now, the state has authorized any licensed casino or racetrack in the state to offer sports betting. While the majority of land-based sportsbooks in NJ are in Atlantic City, the law also permits racetracks to offer sports betting as well. N.J. also has a booming online sports betting industry, with brick and mortar casinos able to partner with digital providers.
|Atlantic City New Jersey Sportsbooks|
|Other New Jersey Sportsbooks|
Brick and mortar sportsbooks in Mississippi were in the works well before many residents even realized. The state repealed all prohibitive sports gambling language from their existing laws in 2017. By the time of the SCOTUS ruling, MS was well on its way crafting the necessary regulations for legal Mississippi sports betting. The first two sportsbooks launched in August 2018 – the Beau Rivage in Biloxi and Gold Strike in Tunica. There are now 23 sportsbooks in Mississippi, scattered in cities like Vicksburg, Robinsonville, Bay Saint Louis, and Gulfport.
|Biloxi Mississippi Sportsbooks|
|Vicksburg Mississippi Sportsbooks|
|Philadelphia, MS Sportsbooks|
|Bay Saint Louis, MS Sportsbooks|
|Tunica Mississippi Sportsbooks|
|Laurel Mississippi Sportsbooks|
|Gulfport Mississippi Sportsbooks|
|Other Mississippi Sportsbooks|
New York Sportsbooks
Out of all the states in the country, New York sportsbooks have the potential to generate more revenue than anywhere else. However, that would only be the case if brick-and-mortar locations opened up in the city or if online sports wagering provided by the casinos is made available state-wide. For the moment, retail sportsbooks are only available in the four up-state commercial casinos and in the up-state tribal casinos. The locations that have taken the initiative so far to open up sportsbooks are those below.
New Mexico Sportsbooks
Being that the topic of brick and mortar New Mexico sportsbooks was never widely discussed, the October 2018 launch of legal sports betting was a surprise to many. The Tamaya Nation at the Pueblo of Santa Ana was able to start accepting sports bets at their Santa Ana Star casino without any change to state laws, as the Tribe instead abides by their state-tribal compact. The existing language of the compact permitted Class III gaming, allowing the casino to legally start accepting sports bets from residents. The tribal sportsbook casino set the tone for other venues to start offering sports wagering in the state.
|Santa Fe Sportsbooks|
West Virginia Sportsbooks
Brick and mortar sportsbooks in West Virginia were first legalized in March 2018. Just a few months after the NJ sports betting case ruling, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town took its first sports wager in August 2018. There are a total of five (5) West Virginia sportsbooks in operation, with the law permitting these existing casino operators to hold sports betting licenses. WV has also been a pioneer in the online sports betting industry, with all licensees eligible to offer online sports betting products.
|White Sulfur Springs Sportsbooks|
|New Cumberland Sportsbooks|
|Cross Lanes Sportsbooks|
North Carolina Sportsbooks
Even though North Carolina sportsbooks have not yet opened at brick-and-mortar locations, there have been establishments that are approved to build them if they choose. Those locations are limited to the two tribal casinos in the state. Because of the sports betting bill that was passed in the state, only the casinos in Cherokee and Murphy, North Carolina can offer any kind of sports betting activity. While there are other commercial casinos in the state, it will likely be some time before they are able to offer the same amenity.
Iowa moved quickly when it came to their sports betting legalization. All in one year, Iowa legislators created and approved a measure, had the governor sign off on it, and launched their industry. There are 19 eligible Iowa sportsbooks and all of them are participating in the industry. On August 15, 2019, the first bets in Iowa were placed, as eight casinos’ sportsbooks opened starting at noon, local time. This made Iowa the state with the largest sports betting launch in the country.
|Council Bluffs Sportsbooks|
|Prairie Meadows Sportsbooks|
The first Indiana sportsbooks launched on September 1, 2019. The first three to introduce the new gambling activity to the Hoosier state include The Ameristar in East Chicago, Indiana Grand Casino in Shelbyville, and Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg. Other casinos launched shortly after. The Indiana Gaming Commission approved sports wagering at 13 of the state’s casinos so it will be up to the remainder of these locations to launch their sportsbook area. Most if not all are expected open a sportsbook in Indiana by the end of 2019. Reviews for the current gaming facilities offering sports betting can be found below:
|East Chicago Sportsbooks|
|Michigan City Sportsbooks|
|French Lick Sportsbooks|
Rhode Island Sportsbooks
Navigating the world of Rhode Island brick and mortar sportsbooks is easy, as there are only two (2) venues in the state. The Twin River Casino and Twin River Tiverton are the only two casino operators in the state that are authorized to accept sports bets. Land-based sports betting in Rhode Island was legalized twice (2012 and 2016) via voter referendum, but regulations were not put into place until the state budget proposal in 2018. Legal RI sports betting officially launched November 2018 at the Lincoln location, with the Tiverton casino sportsbook following a month later. RI was the eighth state to start accepting single-game wagers.
|Rhode Island Sportsbooks|
Arkansas approved sports betting through a ballot initiative in November 2018. “Issue 4” as called on the ballot authorized Crittenden, Garland, Pope, and Jefferson Counties to host a sportsbook. The first two counties automatically gave the reigns to Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort and Southland Casino Racing while the other two licenses are to be determined. Arkansas sports betting launched on July 1, 2019, becoming the ninth state to launch a sports betting industry.
Sportsbooks in Oregon (in the traditional sense of a sportsbook) will be held inside the state’s tribal casinos. There are no commercial casinos in Oregon. While land-based options will also be available through sports wagering kiosks at lottery-partnered retail locations, the only places to go to see walls of TVs, odds boards, and with food/drink options will be to go to a tribal casino with sports betting. As of now, there is only one place that you can go to that his and it is the Chinook Winds Casino Resort which launched on August 27, 2019. More are expected to follow as other locations see how profitable legal sports betting can be.
Pennsylvania was one of the states that had technically legalized sports betting prior to PASPA being overturned. While sports gambling was made legal in 2017, it was not until November 2018 that the first brick and mortar sportsbook in PA launched. The sportsbook at Hollywood Casino at Penn National led the charge with all 12 of the state’s casino and racetrack operators eligible to offer sports betting in PA.
|Other Pennsylvania Sportsbooks|
The 2020 Market For Brick And Mortar Sportsbooks
Brick and mortar sportsbooks have been hit hard in 2020. With the Coronavirus pandemic putting a stop to all major sports and causing a shutdown of gambling establishments to prevent the virus from spreading, monumental profits have been lost nationwide, even globally. Online sports betting platforms have been receiving the business that was usually had by local venues and their gambling patrons.
Brick And Mortar Sportsbooks FAQs
How many sportsbooks are there in the USA?
Right now, there are roughly 300 retail sportsbooks open in the United States across 15 different states, but the list is growing every month. Nevada is home to the vast majority (nearly 70%) of these sportsbooks. Our state sports betting pages have more information about the best places to bet on sports in all 50 states.
How old do I have to be to bet at a land-based sportsbook?
It depends on the state you live in, but most states require that sports bettors be either 18 or 21 years old. Some states have different laws for different types of betting (e.g., the minimum age for bingo is 18 but the minimum age for poker and sports betting is 21). Before going to a brick-and-mortar sportsbook to bet, be sure to consult your state’s sports betting age requirements and laws.
Can I bet at a sportsbook that is not in my state?
Yes, sportsbooks are not restricted to state residents. Sports betting hotbeds like Las Vegas and Atlantic City receive tens of millions of annual visitors. No matter where you are from, as long as you have a government-issued ID and meet the minimum age requirements, you can place bets with any retail sportsbooks. Keep in mind though that you will not be able to use a state-licensed online sportsbook is you are not physically located in that state.
When will California get legal sports betting?
The California Legislature is currently considering a state Constitutional amendment that would authorize the state government to hold a referendum on sports gambling. The Legislature had its first hearing on the bill in January and if everything goes as scheduled, California voters could see a sports betting amendment on the ballot by November 2020. This would bring legal California sports betting to one of the most populated states by early 2021.
How many casinos have sports betting in Las Vegas?
There are currently 190 licensed sportsbooks in the state of Nevada, with 126 of those located in the city of Las Vegas. The ubiquity of licensed sports betting operators is a major reason why Nevada leads all states in both total sports betting handle and revenue.