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Patrick Cwiklinski

by Patrick Cwiklinski

Updated Jun 20, 2024 · 10:20 AM PDT

While Idaho does have many forms of gambling, legal sports wagering has yet to be approved in the Gem State despite the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) being overturned on May 14, 2018.

Currently, Idaho residents are free to wager on horse and dog races, the state lottery, charitable gaming, parimutuel wagering, slot machines, blackjack, video poker, and bingo.

These types of wagering are permitted at one of the seven tribal casinos that are run in the state.

Should Idaho sports bettors wish to gamble on sports legally, they do have the advantage of bordering states like Montana, Washington, Oregon, and Nevada which all offer legal sports betting.

When Will Online Sports Betting Be Legal in Idaho?

Many forms of gambling are allowed at one of the seven tribal casinos located in Idaho. But when it comes to sports betting, Idaho residents will have to wait a little longer.

There are currently no active bills in regards to legalizing sports betting in Idaho. Considering the law explicitly forbids sports betting and the fact the state is not exactly a hot-bed for sports, Idaho sports bettors may be waiting a long time for legal sports betting in the Gem State.

For now, tribal casinos and the state lottery are the main sources of gambling.

Idaho Sports Betting FAQs

Is sports betting legal in Idaho?

Neither online nor in-person sports betting is legal in Idaho.

Does Idaho have any casinos?

Idaho has seven tribal casinos that are owned and operated by four Native American tribes in the state.

Does Idaho have any professional sports teams?

The Boise State Broncos NCAA college football team is the most popular sports team in the Boise area. Other Idaho-based sports teams include the Idaho Steelheads hockey team, Boise Hawks baseball team, and Idaho Stampede basketball team.

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