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by SBD Staff Writer

Updated Feb 21, 2023 · 12:47 PM PST

Of all the states in the US, sports betting and gambling laws in Hawaii are some of the most strict.

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) being overturned on May 14, 2018, allowing each state in the country to propose and create their own laws and regulations for sports betting. Yet, currently, all forms of gambling are prohibited in the Aloha State.

When we say “all” forms of gambling we really do mean virtually all. There isn’t even a state lottery or any tribal casinos; there are no lotteries, bingo, or charitable games of any kind.

Given their unique location as an island state, there are no other options to bet nearby.

When Will Online Sports Betting Be Legal in Hawaii?

The move to legalize sports wagering in Hawaii is a slow one, but one that has gained some attention from lawmakers. In January 2019, a House bill was put forth that would introduce sports betting and create a Hawaii sports wagering corporation. Unfortunately, it was not passed.

Hawaii has no major sports teams in the professional North American leagues, with NCAA teams being the closest to a major team. Through exports like sugar cane, pineapples, coffee, macadamia nuts, and flowers, the need to generate additional and possibly limited revenue from legalizing sports betting in Hawaii has not been high on the list for lawmakers.

Latest Hawaii Sports Betting News

Here are the latest updates surrounding sports betting in Hawaii:

January 25, 2022: A new Hawaii sports betting bill proposes a 55% tax rate on sportsbooks. This would be the highest in the country, ahead of other state tax rates in New York and New Hampshire.

Hawaii Sports Betting FAQs

Is online sports betting legal in Hawaii?

Gambling, including online sports betting, is fully prohibited and illegal in Hawaii. The state also doesn’t allow tribal casinos, charitable gaming, a state lottery, or any kind of casino gambling.

Where is sports betting legal in the US?

Find which states in the US have legalized sports betting with our Legalization Tracker.

How does Hawaii make its money?

While Hawaii is primarily known for being a tourist hot-spot, it is also the top producer of pineapples and the second-highest of sugarcane in the US. The state also exports flowers, coffee, and macadamia nuts.

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