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Is sports betting legal in Minnesota?

No. Right now, there is no legal sports betting in Minnesota. However, some experts believe Minnesota could legalize in 2024, and new legislation is under consideration during the 2024 session.

The future of Minnesota sports betting

Minnesota’s 2023 legislative session saw multiple sports betting bills introduced, including another effort led by Rep. Zack Stephenson.

Unlike in 2022, Stephenson’s party had control of the state Senate and House in 2023 and still could not pass any sports betting legislation. The effort had even garnered tribal support, giving tribes exclusive access to the industry. In the past, tribes in Minnesota were a hurdle that would not move out of the way for sports betting. Tribes in the state have invested in building physical casinos, and many people and programs depend on their revenue.

Despite the support of the tribes and many legislators, consensus proved elusive, and issues such as a failure to find a deal with horse racing tracks in the state proved too difficult to overcome.

2024’s situation is similar to 2023’s in that Stephenson is leading the charge toward legalization for the DLF without some in the party on board. Stephenson revived last year’s bill during the 2024 session but will need help from Republicans, tribes, and race tracks for his plan to succeed.

When will online sports betting launch in Minnesota?

2024 is now looking like a long shot. If legislators can’t get the active sports betting bills passed by the end of the legislative session, they will have to try again in 2025.

What’s happening in Minnesota sports betting right now

Sports betting apps that could launch in Minnesota

We can make an educated guess that a future of legal sports betting in Minnesota would likely include a combination of the usual top sportsbooks and brands already in the region.

We also know that the sports betting industry in Minnesota, if legalized, would almost certainly be under the exclusive control of the native tribes in the state. Eleven tribes run the 19 casinos in the state, and it is likely that some or all of those casinos would partner with online sports betting platforms.

HF 2000, currently making its way through House committees, would give control of the industry to the 11 tribes and carry a 10% tax rate (an amended Senate version would have a 20% tax rate).

Given the above information, here are a few potential sportsbooks that could launch in the state upon legalization and begin offering online sports betting promos:

  1. DraftKings: One of the top sportsbooks in the US, DraftKings is one of the likeliest to launch in Minnesota given the company’s apparent desire to operate in every state that it possibly can. DraftKings also already has a presence in the state via its daily fantasy sports contests. Finally, the company is already partnered with the Wild Rose Casino & Hotel in Emmetsburg, Iowa, near the Minnesota-Iowa border. Many Minnesotans will already be familiar with the brand as they have to travel across state lines to place legal bets.
  2. FanDuel: Like DraftKings, FanDuel already has an established presence in Minnesota through its DFS offerings. Also like DraftKings, FanDuel operates a sportsbook at a casino near the Minnesota-Iowa border, as the Diamond Jo Worth Casino in Northwood, Iowa, sits right on the border between the two states.
  3. Caesars: Minnesotans who have traveled south to Iowa to bet on sports may be familiar with the Caesars experience as five casinos in that state have partnered with this popular sportsbook – more than any other operator in Iowa. Another one of the most popular sportsbooks across the country, users can expect to find a full lineup of promotions, bonuses, and competitive odds if this book enters MN.
  4. BetMGM: One of the biggest names in gambling and sports betting in the US, BetMGM is a logical fit for Minnesota and will likely be attracted to a market with a sizeable population and four major professional sports teams. BetMGM is also known for its deep selection of sports and betting options.
  5. Betfred: A third casino sits right near the border between Minnesota and Iowa, and it contains a Betfred-run book. There may again be some familiarity for Minnesotans, as Betfred operates two other sportsbooks in Iowa, as well.

How to bet on sports in Minnesota

While legal online sports betting is not yet available in the state, that could change as soon as 2024. Legal online betting would give bettors the option to sign up and wager at their preferred sportsbook from the comfort of their home, while retail betting would allow bettors to wager in person at designated locations. Whether either or both options become legal in the future, bettors will need to know how to get in on the action and wager on their favorite Minnesota sports teams. Here’s how to do it:

1. Pick a sportsbook

Bettors will be able to pick their Minnesota sports betting site based on the best promos or bonuses available, the best odds, customer service, user experience, or a variety of other factors.

2. Register

Registration is a quick and easy process of entering personal information and verifying your location. If Minnesota legalizes online sports betting, users may be able to sign up on their mobile devices from anywhere in the state.

3. Claim a bonus or promo

Taking advantage of a sports betting promo or bonus is the best way to maximize your bankroll when starting out at a new book. Find the best sports betting promos here.

4. Make a deposit

Once you’ve claimed your bonus, you can deposit some funds to wager with. Legal sports betting sites simplify the deposit process by giving users many options. Credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, and bank transfers are common deposit methods.

5. Place your bets

You’ve claimed your bonus and deposited some money; now it’s time to wager. All four of Minnesota’s major pro sports teams will be popular bets for spreads, totals, futures, props, and live betting.

6. Make a withdrawal

Withdrawing funds at Minnesota sports betting sites likely won’t take more than a few business days. In some cases, users may see winnings in their accounts quite quickly.

Minnesota DFS pick’em

DFS is not explicitly legal or illegal in Minnesota, as legislative attempts to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports have gone nowhere.

However, major daily fantasy sports sites such as PrizePicks, Underdog, Sleeper, DraftKings, and FanDuel operate in this unregulated environment.

In addition, the current House bill seeks to legalize and regulate DFS.

Underdog Minnesota

Underdog is a DFS app with two main categories of contest: draft and pick’em.

As with PrizePicks, Underdog’s pick’em contests require users to select an over/under for a player stat line. Users can either choose the standard over/under for one player (e.g., Justin Jefferson 85.5 receiving yards) or pick between two players, using the same stat with an adjustment (e.g., Jefferson +10.5 receiving yards vs Tyreek Hill).

With draft contests, users pick a team in a snake draft format but do not interact with their team after the draft is over. The app automatically selects the best lineup for each team, and users don’t make trades or transactions of any kind for the entire contest. Contests range from one day to an entire season.

Sleeper Minnesota

Mostly known as a free fantasy sports platform offering NFL and NBA-based fantasy leagues, Sleeper also provides a pick’em game: Sleeper Picks. Sleeper Picks requires users to get every selection correct to receive a payout. Users select the over/under on between two and eight player stats. The more correct picks, the higher the payout.

Betr Picks Minnesota

Betr Picks contests are essentially the same as Sleeper Picks. All picks must be correct to win, and users pick between two and eight stat lines. The one small difference is that Betr Picks users select “yes” or “no” on whether a player will go OVER the relevant line, whereas Sleeper users select the standard over or under on a line.

Other legal betting options in Minnesota

There are currently no legal sports betting options in Minnesota.

There are offshore websites that offer illegal sports betting in Minnesota. They do not hold a license from any US jurisdiction to legally accept bets from residents and have done so for years in violation of federal law.

Without regulation from the state, these offshore betting apps can’t be counted on to pay out winnings and have been known to disappear with people’s money.

The only safe and regulated way to bet on sports in the United States is to do so with a licensed sportsbook.

There are, however, a few other ways Minnesotans can gamble legally in the state.

Horse racing

Horse racing is legal in Minnesota. The state is home to two racetracks that the Minnesota Racing Commission regulates.

Canterbury Park opened in 1985 as a thoroughbred racetrack with simulcast racing. In 2008, Minnesota added a harness horse track at Running Aces Casino and Racetrack, which features simulcast wagering at the racebook and also offers table games.

Minnesotans can also place online horse bets on races across the country through sites such as FanDuel Racing.

Lottery

The Minnesota Lottery offers the standard menu of lotto games, scratchers, print-n-play games, and raffles. Minnesotans can also participate in national lotteries such as Powerball and Mega Millions.

Most popular sports to bet on in Minnesota

Minnesota has a team in every major sport, and none of them lack support.

NFL betting in Minnesota

The NFL is the most bet-on sport in the US, and the Minnesota Vikings are by far the most popular team in the state.

Even though the Vikings have never won a Super Bowl and haven’t made the big game since the Purple People Eaters of the ’70s, each game brings out raucous fans in Vikings horns chanting “Skol!” The team has its own fight song played after each touchdown, field goal, and safety in an act of pride usually reserved for college sports.

MLB betting in Minnesota

The Minnesota Twins hold a special place in the heart of Minnesotans, being the only professional team in the state to win a championship title. Since moving to Minnesota in 1961, the Twins have won the World Series in 1987 and 1991.

The Twins won the American League Central division title in 2019 and 2020 but failed to advance passed the first round of the playoffs in either season.

NBA betting in Minnesota

Minnesota has a long history in the NBA. The Lakers didn’t get their name because Los Angeles is known for its lakes.

The Minneapolis Lakers won five NBA championships before the team moved to Los Angeles in 1960, starting a love affair between Minnesota and basketball.

The Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t been as exciting since their founding in 1989, only winning one division title when led by Kevin Garnett in 2004. However, the Timberwolves have some exciting young players in Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell.

NHL betting in Minnesota

The Minnesota Wild are relatively new to the NHL, entering the league in the year 2000, but they have actually been the most successful sports team in Minnesota over the past decade.

While the Wild don’t have the history of the Vikings or Twins, they have made the playoffs in nine of the last 10 seasons. However, they only won a round in two of those nine appearances.

NCAA betting in Minnesota

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have a history as a football program going back to 1882. The team has won seven national titles, though the last one was 60 years ago.

Coach P.J. Fleck has the team back on the rise with bowl wins in three of the last four seasons. Although the glory years are long gone, Minnesota is a football state, and the Gophers would be a popular bet if wagering on college sports eventually becomes legal.

Minnesota sports betting timeline

2024:

Sports betting legislation is introduced during the 2024 legislative session, including a revived bill from 2023 brought forward by Rep. Zack Stephenson.

HF 2000 and SF 1949 work their way through the legislative session with support from many stakeholders.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says he would sign a sports betting bill into law if one makes it through the state Senate and House.

2023:

Stephenson’s efforts once again fall short in 2023 as the legislative session comes to an end without a sports betting bill passing. Disputes over including horse racing tracks derail the proposed legislation.

2022:

Stephenson follows through on his promise from late 2021 to lead a sports betting effort through the House. His bill advances through the House but runs into a significant issue in the Senate. The Senate adds an amendment to include two horse racing tracks, which was a deal-breaker for the House.

A separate Senate effort does not move. Lawmakers adjourn the session without agreeing, meaning sports betting will have to wait until at least 2023.

2021:

Five sports betting bills are introduced in Minnesota legislative chambers. None of the bills received a hearing as stakeholders remain at odds.

In late 2021, Stephenson announces his intention to introduce a bill during the 2022 session that appears as though it could have legs for legalization.

2020:

Bills introduced in odd years carry over to even years in Minnesota, meaning the bills from Rep. Pat Garofalo and Sen. Roger Chamberlain are still on the books.

Chamberlain attempts to bring the tribes on board by proposing to amend his bill to require in-person registration for mobile wagering. The Minnesota Indian Gaming Association lets it be known that all 11 tribes still oppose the bill.

The legislature adjourns on May 18 without any movement on Minnesota sports betting legislation.

2019:

Real efforts to legalize and regulate sports betting in Minnesota begin in 2019 with two very different bills in the House and Senate.

The Senate bill from Chamberlain offers sports betting to tribal casinos and the state’s two racetracks, allowing for mobile sports wagering tethered to the existing properties. The tribes oppose the bill.

The House bill, introduced by Garofalo, tries to get tribal support by limiting sports betting to brick-and-mortar casinos in the state. The tribes still oppose the legislation.

Minnesota sports betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in Minnesota?

No. Right now, there are no legal options for sports betting in Minnesota. That could change in the future, as state legislators appear interested in legalizing wagering.

Who would oversee sports betting in Minnesota?

Prior legislation would create a new entity titled the Minnesota Sports Wagering Commission to regulate sports betting.

Is mobile MN sports betting allowed?

Not at the moment. However, newly proposed sports betting legislation is making its way through the Minnesota legislative session.

Who will be able to bet on sports in Minnesota?

The legal gambling age in Minnesota is 21.

There are some sports betting websites that say they accept bets from the United States. Are those legal options?

No. There are currently no sportsbooks that are licensed at the federal level, which means all US sportsbooks are licensed at the state level. Any website that suggests betting from anywhere in the US is allowed is a website that operates offshore. It is not legal for those sites to accept bets from US citizens, and such sites offer no protection to those who bet on them.