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Here Are the States Expected to Launch Online Sports Betting in 2022

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by Mitchell South in Sports Betting News

Dec 30, 2021 · 1:19 PM PST

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  • Four US states are expected to launch online sports betting in 2022
  • New York and Louisiana will lead the way and go live with mobile sportsbooks in January
  • See the full list with key information on each state set to launch online sports betting

As legal online sports betting continues to expand across the US, four new states are expected to launch mobile sportsbooks in 2022.

A total of five states went live with online sports betting in 2021, including Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Virginia, and Wyoming. That figure might be lower in 2022, but it’s important to note that some of the biggest states in the country are ready to launch mobile wagering.

Here’s a list of the states prepared to launch online sports betting in 2022, along with key information on potential go-live dates.

Four States Launching Online Sports Betting in 2022

A total of four states will start accepting wagers from betting sites in the new year.

States Launching Online Sportsbooks 2022

State Anticipated Start Date
New York January 2022
Louisiana January 2022
Maryland Mid / Late 2022
Ohio Mid / Late 2022

Let’s go into further detail on each of these states ready to get underway with mobile wagering.

1. New York

After initially legalizing sports betting at the state level back in 2013, New York opened their first retail sportsbooks in July 2019. The repeal of PASPA in 2018 set the stage for sports betting in the Empire State, and despite delays in 2020 caused by COVID-19, NY online sports betting is set to launch first thing in 2022.

Expected online launch date: Second or third week of January 2022

The New York State Gaming Commission started awarding online sports betting licenses to nine sportsbooks in November 2021. With state regulators aiming to launch before Super Bowl LVI, all indications are pointing towards an online go-live date in the second or third week of January 2022.

2. Louisiana

The Bayou State launched in-person sports betting at retail sportsbooks on October 31, with 13 locations licensed and currently accepting wagers. Online Louisiana sports betting is likely to start in January, and betting sites like Caesars Sportsbook are already accepting pre-launch registrations with special promos.

Expected online launch date: Mid-January 2022


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The Louisiana Gaming Control Board has long been aiming to have everything up and running before Super Bowl LVI on February 13, 2022. Chairman Ronnie Johns was recently quoted saying, “My goal as of today is going to be mid-January for a number of the licensees that have applied.”

3. Maryland

While it initially seemed like Maryland online sports betting would begin in early 2022, some delays have pushed that expectation to the middle of the year at the earliest. In the meantime, retail sportsbooks in the Old-Line State began accepting in-person wagers on December 9, 2021.

Expected online launch date: Mid / Late 2022

The Sports Wagering Application Review Commission (SWARC) has been tasked with awarding online sports betting licenses, and the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA) is also involved with the approval process. Director for the MLGCA John Martin has indicated that Maryland online sports betting won’t begin until sometime in late 2022.

4. Ohio

State legislators in Ohio approved House Bill 29 on December 8, and Gov. Mike DeWine signed the bill on December 22, 2021, effectively legalizing mobile and retail sports betting in the Buckeye State. The official legislation allows for 25 online sports betting licenses and 42 retail sportsbook licenses.

Expected online launch date: Mid / Late 2022

The Ohio Casino Control Commission has been tasked with setting rules and regulations, while a deadline for January 1, 2023 has been set for Ohio online sports betting to start. It probably won’t be until later in 2022, but residents in Ohio can look forward to wagering before the start of 2023.

Stay Tuned for All the Online Sports Betting Updates

With New York and Louisiana set to kick things off in January, we’ll be following all the latest updates for Maryland and Ohio throughout 2022.

Make sure you keep it locked in with Sports Betting Dime as wagering expands across the country in 2022 and beyond.

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