Each state has the power to legalize sports betting due to the Supreme Court overturning the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. This decision was made in May of 2018. Since then New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Mississippi, and New Mexico have all legalized sports betting to some extent. Another 30+ states have introduced some form of legislation to legalize sports betting, including Georgia.
Is Sports Betting Legal in Georgia
No, Sports betting is currently not legal in Georgia. Georgia sports betting is not a front-runner to get passed in 2019. Current legislation has made little movement since being introduced in March, and Georgia has been strict on gambling in the past.
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What Would Legal Sports Betting Look Like in Georgia?
Ron Stephens introduced HB 570 in March of 2019. The act would authorize up to ten operators to accept online bets in the state of Georgia if enacted by the general public. The Georgia Lottery Corporation would be in charge of approving operators. The age limit to place sports wagers would be set at 21, while the operators will be taxed at a rate of 10% of gross revenue. All of the tax revenue is set to go to the Lottery for Education Account. The only prohibited bet type is amateur sports, which means residents will be able to bet on the Georgia Bulldogs all they want.
Would the bill legalize online poker?
No, there is no mentioning of online poker in HB 570.
Georgia Online Gambling FAQ
Aside from online sports betting, there other forms of gambling available to Georgia residents.
Are daily fantasy sports legal in Georgia?
Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Georgia?
No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in Georgia. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of Georgia clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.
Is betting on horse racing legal in Georgia?
No, it is not legal to bet on horse racing in Georgia. There is no pending legislation to change this.
Does Georgia have an online lottery?
Yes, the Georgia Lottery does offer online games. Jackpot games such as Mega Millions, Powerball, and Fantasy 5. There are also dozens of online games, some of which can be seen below.
Georgia Lottery revenue was distributed as follows in 2018: 26% to education, 64% to prizes for players, 1% for gaming & operating expenses, and 6% to commissions to retailers.