Legality of Online Horse Race Betting

The question of legal online horse race betting in the United States is a little bit tricky, as the question can't be answered by a simple yes or no. The short answer regarding the legality of placing bets from your home computer in the United State is yes, it is considered legal in some instances. The legality question is determined by two things; which state you live in and which website you are using to place your wagers.

It is considered legal to place online horse bets from some websites, but not from others, which is no surprise considering how poorly written many of the U.S. laws are when they pertain to gambling. Using sites such as BetAmerica.com is perfectly legal for residents of the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Betting on horses using a site such as Bovada or Bookmaker is considered illegal regardless of which state you live in, even though you are betting on the exact same races that you are on TVG or BetAmerica.com.

While it would be easy, and completely justified, to complain about the laws, we should probably be grateful that we do have at least one form of legal online betting activity to partake in and make the most of it.

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