While New Jersey continues to expand its online gambling offerings, other states are lagging behind. Even so, there is reason to believe this will change in the years to come.
Some states, such as Pennsylvania, have no interest in online gambling. There are others, however, that are closing in on this.
Here is a list of 10 states that could be next to legalize online gambling:
- California. Its large population alone has everybody interested in what California will do next. California online Poker Bill AB 431 recently passed the State Committee, but there are still a few hurdles standing in the way. The next 12 months will say a lot about the future of online gambling in the state.
- Massachusetts. Residents are permitted to use offshore online gambling services. Furthermore, it is the only state in which online sports betting is legal. When you combine this with its first land based casino, which opened earlier this year, it may not be long before Massachusetts is “all in.”
- Alabama. Thanks to the SB 453 bill, the state is closing in on the legalization of online gambling at the state’s racetracks.
- Texas. It is surprising that Texas lags behind in terms of online gambling, being that it is the home of poker. Everything is bigger in Texas, but for now this doesn’t hold true with online gambling.
- Illinois. Since Illinois already allows residents to gamble through out of state sites, it is only natural to believe that it may be one of the next states to take the leap. There are people on both side of the fence, so it will be interesting to see who wins out.
- Florida. Here is what you need to know: all of the online poker rooms that accept United States based players take those from the Sunshine State. While online casino gambling is banned and the state continues to crack down, there is still hope for a change.
- New York. Land based casino expansion continues in New York, giving residents hope that online gambling is going to be next.
- Connecticut. As a small state, don’t expect Connecticut to be a major player in the online gambling space. Even so, with the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos in favor, there is always the chance that this could be coming soon.
- Iowa. Slowly but surely, it appears that Iowa is moving towards the legalization of online gambling. Many people are hoping for the eventual sale of lottery tickets online, which could be the first step in the right direction.
- Rhode Island. It may be the smallest state, but there is a good chance it could be legalizing online gambling in the near future. It is ramping up in terms of land based casinos, which could signify online betting coming soon.
Do you live in one of these states? If not, how is your state approaching the discussion of the legalization of online gambling?