Your 2023 US Sports Betting Legislation Guide

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The US sports betting landscape quickly filled up in the past five years yet there are still possibilities to legalize in 2023.

Nearly two-thirds of US states have legalized sports betting after a few years of massive tailwinds. Now, however, there are some headwinds hitting the remaining states looking to legalize, including increased media, regulatory and legislative pressures.

While the states with an easier path are already live, there are at least a few markets with a decent chance to pass legislation in 2023. Here’s a ranked look at where the remaining US states sit heading into the next legislative session.

A real shot at legalizing sports betting

Heading into 2023, Texas sports betting will attract most of the eyeballs in the industry. However, it might be Minnesota that is lined up for legalization next. 

Earlier this year, a House bill supporting tribal exclusivity met strong Republican opposition in the Senate, with expectations the House would flip to GOP control in the 2022 election. Instead, it was the Senate that flipped, giving the Democratic-Farmer-Labor House, Senate and Gubernatorial control.

LSR sources suggest a bill similar to last year’s legislation will be proposed and the path looks clear, at least compared to last year.

Big US sports betting industry push

With the eyes on Texas, there is a decent shot at legalization in the Lone Star State. There are multiple billionaire sports team owners in the state hoping for sports betting.

Likewise, sportsbooks want in on the massive state. The state’s chief executives reportedly have also lightened up on their opposition to gaming.

Still, it is not a perfect shot toward legalization. The legislature only meets every other year, and because gaming needs a constitutional change, any effort requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers and then a simple majority from Texans on Election Day.

A major hurdle stands in the way

Missouri sports betting seemed like it had a shot in 2022 as it raced with Kansas to legalize. While Kansas is now live, Missourians are left wondering when sports wagering could launch. 

There is a strong coalition of sports teams, casinos and sportsbooks pushing one piece of legislation. It cleared the House last year before running into an influential senator requiring video lottery terminals to be included in a deal. 

Whether the coalition and Sen. Denny Hoskins can reach an agreement is to be determined. Industry insiders remain wary that it is possible.

Up in the air

Not looking great

No shot at sports betting in 2023

While some states have plenty to hope for in 2023, these ones likely do not: