In May of 2018, the Supreme Court overruled a law that placed a federal ban on sports betting. This decision has given each state the power to legalize online and in-person sports betting.
Alabama is one of many states with bills in Congress to legalize sports betting. Alabama introduced a bill to legalize sports betting in April of 2019.
Is Sports Betting Legal in Alabama?
No. Sports betting is currently not legal in Alabama. However, there is legislation that would legalize sports betting if passed by legislators.
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What Would Legal Sports Betting Look Like in Alabama?
Alabama legislators introduced HB 315 in April of 2019. The bill would legalize sports betting and allow seven licenses to be purchased at $100,000 a piece. The bill would charge a 10% tax on revenue, and does not specify how the tax revenue would be split. Alabama is has a notably stringent history when it comes to gambling, as the state voted down a lottery system back in the '90s. While this bill doesn't need public approval, it will be interesting to see if residents of Alabama have a different opinion on gambling in 2019.
Would the bill legalize online sports betting in Alabama?
Yes, Alabama sports betting legislation would allow operators to offer online wagers.
Would the bill legalize online poker?
No, online poker is not mentioned at all in HB 315.
Would the bill legalize daily fantasy sports in Alabama?
No, the bill would not legalize daily fantasy sports in the state of Alabama. The bill is specific to sports betting only and does not include any lottery games or other racetrack table games.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Alabama?
No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in Alabama. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of Alabama as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.