The First Official Sportsbooks to Open in Each State

After the Supreme Court struck down federal sports betting laws, many states jumped into the legal betting game with differing approaches. The first official sportsbooks to launch in each state have their own unique features, with DraftKings, Caesars, FanDuel, and BetMGM all offering a variety of ways for bettors to place wagers.

Indiana: The Hoosier State has jumped into the market with a bang, becoming one of the top five handle states just a few months after the law passed. Despite being a smaller market, the state has managed to draw in a significant share of the overall wagers placed on the sport.

Connecticut: The Nutmeg State is another big sports betting state with a lot of potential. The state is home to a number of major free-standing casinos and has been a strong sports betting market since its debut in 2021. The state also allows residents to place wagers at their local stadiums, which is a very unique feature.

Nevada: The Silver State is the gambling capital of the country, and this extends directly to sports betting. The state is a top handle state and has a robust online betting site as well as numerous land-based operations.

The first official sportsbooks to open in the state of Pennsylvania were launched in January 2021, and the Keystone State has been a top handler ever since. The state is a major market and has attracted the attention of some of the biggest names in the industry, including DraftKings, BetMGM, and FanDuel. The Keystone State also offers in-state betting on collegiate games, although player prop bets are prohibited.