Friday’s opening ceremonies mark the first Olympic Games since the United States Supreme Court overturned the federal sports betting ban in 2018. The American Gaming Association estimates that 20 million US residents plan to bet on them. Tokyo 2020 games (now 2021).
This doesn’t mean that every state has legal Olympic betting – or even sports betting.
While a dozen states will feature multiple venues with a wide array of Olympic betting options – including men’s basketball, baseball, table tennis, rugby, skateboarding and more – some are more limited.
Each of the 21 states (plus Washington DC) with legal live sports betting now has different laws and regulations that can restrict or sometimes prohibit Olympic betting. Each sportsbook also chooses which events it will accept bets on, many of which are unfamiliar to Americans (and American bookmakers).
Here’s everything you need to know in your state ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Full Mobile, Full Olympics (12 states)
All of these states offer several online sports betting with a wide variety of events on offer. Every book and state is different, but most of the top sportsbook features the aforementioned events as well as: women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ping pong, softball, soccer, sport climbing, shooting. archery, skateboarding, surfing, pentathlon and swimming etc.
Make sure to check with your favorite bookmaker to see all of the options available.
Colorado Crazy Ping Pong will have the chance to bet on the biggest event in sport – and one of the largest Olympic competition catalogs in the country.
There are six live mobile sports bets for this year’s Olympics, but new users will need to register in person to place a bet.
Indiana rules specifically allow betting on 17 Olympic events, including water polo, track and field, and beach volleyball.
Bettors no longer have to register in person for a digital bookie, but Iowa law restricts certain individual prop bets on amateur events.
University of Michigan graduate Michael Phelps won’t be in the pool for this year’s games, but there are still plenty of betting options for Olympic bettors in Wolverine State.
“Vegas East”, now the nation’s most profitable sports betting market, gets its first chance at legal betting.
Nevada is on the verge of losing its distinction as the only state to accept a legal Olympic bet.
Ben Simmons of the 76ers won’t represent his native Australia in this year’s game, but his Philadelphia teammate Matisse Thybulle is already impressing the Australians.
Tennesseans will have half a dozen online betting options in the only state that currently offers digital sports betting and no retail options.
Ten online sportsbooks in Virginia will be live ahead of the 2020 Olympics.
National Capital bettors can bet with William Hill, BetMGM, and the District Lottery GamBet app, but are not permitted to use the trading apps outside of certain areas or on federal property.
Sport climbing is not offered at some Mountaineer State bookies, but there are many major sports available.
Limited options (9 states)
Limited bookmaking options could mean limits on available bets
DraftKings is the only legal sports betting option, but New Hampshire bettors will have plenty of Olympic events to bet on.
William Hill is Rhode Island’s sole sportsbook provider, through its statewide mobile app and two retail books at each of the state’s casinos.
The lottery-run Scoreboard app is the only statewide mobile option, but there are a handful of retail books at Native American casinos.
The State Sports Bet Montana Lottery is the only legal betting option and only certain events, including athletics, are offered.
There are only a handful of retail betting options in Arkansas.
There are many retail betting options at Mississippi casinos along the Gulf Coast and Mississippi River, but no statewide mobile for this year’s Olympics.
The state’s two retail sports betting means few (if any) Olympic betting options.
Several tribal casinos have retail sports betting, but there are no legal mobile options statewide.
Online sports betting is not live, leaving only a few retail sports betting with limited Olympic betting options.
Are not offered
The three state casinos do not take Olympic bets.