Legal status of online gambling varies by state. While some have legalized and prohibited it entirely, others may allow certain verticals only through state licensed operators. We’ll explore what states allow casino play online as well as any restrictions in place in this article.

Alabama is known for its restrictive anti-gambling laws and does not permit any online gambling activities at all – from poker and sports betting to daily fantasy sports contests and Daily Fantasy Sports contests. Alabama stands as one of the strictest states when it comes to iGaming regulations; however residents can access offshore websites which don’t require U.S. licenses or regulation for gambling activities.

New Jersey made waves when it became one of the first states to legalise online casino gaming. In 2022, NJ passed legislation permitting regulated operators to provide its citizens access to real money games via desktop and mobile platforms. Although initial offerings may have been somewhat sparse at launch, things have since picked up speed with more and more operators entering the market.

Pennsylvania, another iGaming hub that launched legal casino platforms in 2019, boasts more than 10 online casinos with some of the largest operators including Caesars, Parx and Rivers as well as DraftKings and FanDuel.

Oklahoma, known for its conservative ideology, had long opposed online sports gambling before finally legalizing it in 2022. Unfortunately, legislation restricting casino gaming remains unavailable in Oklahoma despite efforts.

Montana boasts several physical casinos where its residents can gamble, yet online casino wagering remains illegal in this state. While its future could hold more possibilities for development, for now online gambling remains illegal in Montana.

South Carolina remains one of the few states with a law prohibiting online casino gambling and is unlikely to change in the near future. However, residents can participate in horse races and other forms of sports gambling within its borders.

Washington only permits its residents to gamble at tribal casinos, with online casino wagering unlikely ever coming to the state. At present, Washington residents may only gamble online through unlicensed offshore sites.

Idaho and Utah do not permit online casino gambling at all, which makes for some interesting playing situations in those states. Utah specifically outlaws all forms of online gambling under its laws as third-degree felonies – however many Utahns continue to gamble at unlicensed offshore sites regardless. As for other states on this list, none currently prohibit resident participation; but, hopefully this will change soon – in the meantime it is wise to gamble responsibly by checking local laws prior to placing bets online.