The sports betting market is continuing to grow worldwide, but especially in North America after the Supreme Court’s repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 2018. Since then, the industry has expanded from just Nevada to over 17 states across the country. However, the northeastern section of the United States continues to be a hub for lovers of sports betting as some of the best online options and features are provided there. Let’s take a look at a specific few U.S. states that stand out among the rest as more and more locations begin to legalize the pastime.
Virginia earns first spot on the list because of its newfound potential to become a leading state in the industry. Sports fans are already familiar with Virginia’s neighbor, West Virginia, as the mobile betting environment continues to boom there, with many online sportsbooks serving enthusiastic customers across the board. However, the state’s close neighbor is joining the ranks as the first Virginia betting sites have been legalized and are set to launch online at the beginning of 2021. With West Virginia’s popularity and power in the world of sports betting feeding into Virginia’s new found glory, the state is undoubtedly on its way to becoming a prime location in which to enjoy the popular pastime.
The coastal town of Atlantic City in New Jersey is one of the country’s most attractive cities for casino entertainment and Esports events.
Residents of New Jersey undoubtedly have a leg up when it comes to placing bets on their favorite sports players or teams. The arrival of legalization just over two years go in June of 2018 propelled the launch of over 15 online betting platforms as well as sportsbooks opening in 11 different on-site casinos. Not to mention the city is striving to become the nation’s most desirable location for Esports gaming and betting. Moreover, 80% of all bets are placed online with the use of a computer or mobile phone, and as more and more tech-savvy generations flock to the Garden State this number is only expected to rise. It’s safe to say that there’s no better place to settle down if you’re a fan of sports betting.
With the launch of sports betting taking place here only a few months after New Jersey in November of 2018, the state has seen major developments in the industry digitally and in-person. A land-based sportsbook at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course opened up as a result of legalization, as well as many online platforms introducing sports betting sites and even applications for mobile phones. In fact, in the state’s first month of online sports betting, users bet more than $46 million cumulatively on sports, a number that has steadily been rising ever since. Pennsylvania’s bettors occupy more than 60% of online sportsbooks in the state, proving that a digital presence can reap huge benefits. Many of these sites also provide guides for beginners at betting explaining factors like odds analysis and various strategies so even rookies can try their hand at the pastime.
The small state of Rhode Island is often overlooked because it doesn’t have any professional sports teams in-state. However, with an array of widely popular sports teams just 50 miles away, including the New England Patriots, the Boston Red Sox and more, you can find many residents of Rhode Island supporting these teams as if they were their own. With legalization in 2018 bringing sportsbooks to the Twin River Casino in Lincoln and bookmaking making its way to online platforms, the state is a great location for enthusiastic sports fans who are looking for a relaxed, laid-back lifestyle.
So what are you waiting for? If you’re a sports fan looking to relocate in the U.S., look no further than to one of these locations that are currently offering some of the best opportunities in the industry.