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, but Vermont will seemingly need more than that to offer legal sports betting of its own.
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. 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?
Gaining support for sports betting in Vermont looks to be a tall task given that even building a casino faced stiff opposition. Legislation has been put forward for six straight years regarding building a casino in the Green Mountain State, and each time it’s failed even to pass the committee stage.
That didn’t stop legislator Thomas Burditt from creating 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 has been successful. Other US states faced similar problems passing mobile sports betting laws, like sports betting New York, for example.
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. Currently, there is a bill being considered that would authorize sports betting through the VT Lottery and would allow up to six mobile sportsbook operators.
Vermont Sports Betting FAQs
Is sports betting legal in Vermont?
In Vermont, only charitable gambling, the state lottery, daily fantasy sports, and horse racing are available for gamblers.
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.