Most sports betting can be done online, but some states require in-person registration at a retail sportsbook. We’ll discuss state-by-state requirements later. Regardless, you should be in a state with legal sports betting to place bets. Some sportsbooks use geolocation tracking software to check your location to ensure you’re within state boundaries. That way, you can place your bets legally. Here are a few things to consider when placing your bets online.
Pennsylvania is the first state to legalize online sports betting. The state passed a sports betting law shortly after the US Supreme Court struck down the federal ban. The state’s Gaming Control Board issued rules for sports betting and regulated the industry. Pennsylvania sportsbooks have to pay a $10 million license fee and charge a 36% tax rate. This law has led to a dozen legal sportsbooks in the state. Pennsylvania sports betting offers most sports, including PA college sports.
In January 2022, the state’s sports betting market expanded. Online sports betting was finally available in all but one of its parishes. The only parish that wasn’t included in the launch was the one that voted not to allow sports betting in their region. Louisianans can now wager on the Saints, the Pelicans, and the Tigers of LSU through online sportsbooks. However, gambling remains illegal in all of the state’s other sports.