Minnesota Sports Betting

Joey Shadeck

The Supreme Court gave each state the power to legalize sports betting in May of 2018 when they overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. Eight states currently have some form of legal sports betting, whether it be limited to retail locations, or open to online betting. Over 30 states have one or more bills in Congress aiming to legalize sports betting.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Minnesota?

No. Sports betting is currently not legal in Minnesota. There is legislation that would legalize sports betting if passed by Congress. Bill SF 1894 is in the earliest stages in Congress and faces a tough path to becoming written law. If this bill is passed Minnesota sports betting would be legal as early as September of 2020.

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What Would Legal Sports Betting Look Like in Minnesota?

Bill SF 1894 was introduced in Minnesota Congress in February of 2019. If passed, the bill will legalize sports betting at the state's racinos (racing tracks) and tribal casinos. Sports wagering net revenue would be taxed at 6.75%. There is not currently a set allocation for the tax revenue. The bill prohibits betting on any virtual events as well as the outcome of any election for public office.

Would the bill legalize online sports betting in Minnesota?

Yes, SF 1894 would legalize mobile betting. Operators would have to be licensed through a casino or racino. Minnesota tribal casinos currently oppose the legalization of sports betting since it would likely lead to further online gambling legislation. Tribal casinos don't want to see any mobile betting allowed in the North Star State.

Would the bill legalize online poker?

No, SF 1894 makes no mention of online poker.

Minnesota Online Gambling FAQ

Aside from online sports betting, there other forms of gambling available to residents of Minnesota.

Are daily fantasy sports legal in Minnesota?

Yes, Daily Fantasy Sports, such as FanDuel and DraftKings are legal in Minnesota.

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 Minnesota?

No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in Minnesota. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of Minnesota as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.

Does Minnesota have an online lottery?

No, the Minnesota Lottery does not offer any online games.

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Joey Shadeck

About the author: Joey Shadeck is a research analyst for BettingBuck.com. He has been a sports fan all his life, football and basketball being his two favorites to watch. Joey remembers betting his mom that the Green Bay Packers would beat the Detroit Lions as early as elementary school. He has 5 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.




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