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The Rapid Rise Of Mobile Betting In The U.S

Johnnie Rivera | 02 January 2021

The Rapid Rise Of Mobile Betting In The U.SWhile there remains much to be said for the incredible rush of the interaction associated with live in-person sports betting, the mobile industry has established itself to be an exciting new normal. Even before 2020 opened the minds of millions of bettors to a digital alternative many would not otherwise have bothered to even try and discover, mobile betting began rising steadily to a position of prominence.

According to data tracked by the UK Gambling Commission, a definite change could be noticed as far back as 2017. That year saw the percentage of people using their smartphones for mobile betting purposes increase all of 10 percentage points to 39%. And by 2017, this figure had increased to 51%. 

Americans too, have indicated mobile betting to be a choice favoured far above the rest. This is evident when looking at the number of U.S. states that have recently either regulated or indicated a willingness to regulate mobile sports betting. 2020 saw several new states join the mobile betting revolution. Now, as Canada looks set to allow single game sports betting too, it’s even more interesting to see how the mobile option has gripped the USA.


Legal and regulated sports betting first arrived in Iowa as recently as August 15, 2020. This happened three months after Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill for the legalisation of sports betting into force in the Hawkeye State – and along with that bill, a regulated mobile sports betting market. Iowa’s sports betting sector is overseen by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.


Oregon embraced liberated and uncomplicated sports betting on August 27, 2020 – and in mid-October, mobile betting arrived in the state too. In Oregon, the state-run Lottery oversees in-person, online, and mobile wagering on sports.


A new law voted and signed into force on September 1, 2020, allows for in-person as well as mobile wagers to be placed on sports events in Indiana. The state’s sports betting sector is overseen and regulated by the Indiana Gaming Commission.

New Hampshire

Mobile betting on sports is big in New Hampshire. First legalised in New Hampshire on December 30, 2019, the state was officially off to a fantastic mobile sports betting start come New Year’s Day 2020. Regulatory oversight belongs to the state’s Lottery.


March 9, 2020 saw mobile sports betting make a grand entrance in Illinois. This after in-person and online sports betting were regulated in the state roughly a year earlier.


Mobile betting on sports happened for Michigan on March 11, 2020. A variety of sports may be wagered on – in person, online, and via a smartphone or a tablet. Michigan’s sports betting sector is regulated by the Lawful Sports Betting Act.


For the residents of Colorado, the magic finally happened on May 1, 2020. Live, in-person betting on sports is also permitted, as well as via online platforms. Tax revenue generated by Colorado’s sports betting industry has been earmarked to help fund local wager projects.

Washington, D.C.

As of June 2020, Washington, D.C.’s Office of Lottery and Gaming provides regulatory oversight for in-person and mobile betting on sports.


Legalised on November 1, 2020, sports betting in Tennessee happens only online and via mobile technology. The state does not allow in-person (retail) sports betting within its borders.

If the single-wager bill is passed in the not-too-distant future. Canada may be added to this list as a North American country driving mobile betting growth too.