The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was overturned on May 14, 2018. Courts voted to allow each state in the country to propose and create their own laws and regulations for sports betting, and Vermont has decided they want legal online sports betting.
With a new sports betting bill having been passed, Vermont online sports betting is now legalized. Vermont online sports betting is expected to launch in January 2024.
For now, without tribal or commercial casinos and horse tracks, Vermont’s only form of gambling is the state lottery. And while lottery terminals were introduced in 2015, they survived just one year before being removed. Horse racing is technically legal, yet the state’s last track closed down in 1992.
Luckily, Vermont residents looking to bet on sports are situated between New York and New Hampshire, which offer casino gaming and sports betting. Additionally, northern residents may choose to cross the border into Canada to enjoy casino-style table games and slots, along with online sports betting. Otherwise, their closest outlet for sports betting is daily fantasy-type games, which are designated as games of skill.
When Will Sports Betting Be Legal in Vermont?
Vermont sports betting has now been legalized, with a go-live date for online wagering set for sometime in January 2024.
BREAKING: Sports betting is coming to Vermont.
The Vermont House of Representatives voted in favor this morning of a Senate-amended online sports betting bill.
The bill will now be sent to Gov. Phil Scott (R) to be signed into law, which he is expected to do. https://t.co/VuiKjvRK2G
— RLinnehanXL (@RLinnehanXl) May 9, 2023
Legal Vermont sports betting took a first step in 2023, with Rep. Matthew Birong introducing a bill to legalize Vermont online sports betting. Now that the sports betting bill has made its way through the legislative process, Gov. Phil Scott (R) will sign the Vermont online sports betting bill H.127 into law.
Gaining support for sports betting in Vermont was a tall task given that even building a casino faced stiff opposition. Legislation had been put forward for multiple years regarding building a casino in the Green Mountain State, and each time it’s failed even to pass the committee stage.
Legislator Thomas Burditt from created a bill in February 2019, VT H484, that would’ve introduced legal mobile sports betting but prohibited betting on local high school, college and university teams, as well as esports. In 2020, another mobile-only bill was put forth, VT S213, but neither was successful.
In fact, the most successful of any bill concerning sports betting is VT SB 59. Rather than proposing legal sports betting in Vermont, it calls for the creation of a committee that would study what a potential legal sports betting market in Vermont could look like. The bill made it through the second Senate committee and had until June 30 to make it through the Senate and the House.
The committee began its study in July 2020 and concluded its findings in December 2020. With a new bill, H. 127, introduced in 2023, Vermont online sports betting could soon be a reality.
Vermont Sports Betting FAQs
Here are some quick answers to Vermont sports betting FAQs:
Is sports betting legal in Vermont?
Yes, Vermont sports betting is now legal, however it has yet to launch. In Vermont, only charitable gambling, the state lottery, daily fantasy sports, and horse racing are available for gamblers. Online sports betting is expected to launch in early 2024.
Where is the closest place to make a legal sports bet in Vermont?
Neighboring states New York and New Hampshire have legalized sports betting and would be a close drive for Vermonters.
Does Vermont have any professional sports teams?
Vermont does not have any professional sports teams in the state. The closest thing is the Vermont Lake Monsters, a minor league baseball team.