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What states in the US currently have legal online gambling?

New JerseyNew Jersey is by far the largest market for regulated online gambling in the United States. Over a dozen legal and licensed online casino sites and poker rooms compete for an overall market that is worth more than $200 million a year. The state's online casinos are backed by the same companies that operate land-based casinos in Atlantic City (Caesars, Borgata, Golden Nugget, Tropicana, and Resorts).
Nevada was the pioneer in regulated U.S. online gambling, but only offers the chance to play poker. While technically legal, regulations have yet to be introduced to support online casino play. Policymakers raised the question of expanding to allow online casino in 2016, but there does not appear to be a significant chance of action this year. In addition to poker, Nevada also allows players within the state to bet on sports using mobile apps, something no other state can offer.
DelawareDelaware can't boast the size that New Jersey has managed with their online gambling market, but the state's legal casino games and poker sites are starting to grow after a sluggish start. Delaware shares its online poker pool with Nevada (888/WSOP is the only operator in both states), an arrangement that could prove critical to building a U.S. online poker network as more states regulate. Without the ability to share players with other states, it would be difficult for Delaware to sustain an online poker site.

What states are considering legalizing online gambling?

CaliforniaCalifornia: The state has been trying to pass a bill to regulate online poker for the better part of the last decade. Online casino has never been part of the conversation. Observers aren't that optimistic about the chances that legal online poker will fare any better in California this year.
New York
New York: After several years of slow progress, it appears as if New York may be now ready to move on legalizing online poker. The state's constitution prohibits expansion of gambling without a public vote (poker would be considered a game of skill and therefore not gambling), meaning that online casino is unlikely.
Massachusetts: The state has floated a few bills to legalize and regulate online gambling in recent years. The state Gaming Commission has become increasingly vocal on the issue, as has the Lottery, suggesting that momentum may be approaching critical mass.
<MichiganMichigan: Bills to legalize online casino and poker have been a part of the legislative conversation in Michigan, and the topic heated up in late 2016. Observers are split on the chances that Michigan moves a bill across the finish line this year.
Pennsylvania is considered the state most likely to regulate online casino and poker this year. The state came incredibly close in 2016, and money from regulation is effectively already included in the state budget, setting the stage for the passage of a bill after several years of effort.

Online Casino Game Guides

BaccaratTable games like Baccarat are a fixture at the land-based casinos in Vegas and beyond, and you'll also find the games at NJ's online casinos.
BlackjackOne of the most classic casino games in the world, blackjack is a staple in American casinos and equally a fixture at legal online sites.
CrapsOften the highest-energy area in the casino, craps can be played in land-based casinos and also on online sites - including live dealer sites at NJ online casinos.
PokerOnline poker is the most widely-available form of online gambling, found in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware.
RouletteThe spinning roulette wheel is among the most iconic casino images, and the game is equally popular at live casinos and legal online gambling sites.
Slots Slot machines rule the casino floors in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and online casinos are no different. You can play hundreds of unique slots at legal online casinos.
Video PokerVideo poker often offers the best possible odds in a Vegas casino, and online casinos are no different. Some of the best returns to the player come from perfect play at video poker games.

Legal US Online Casino Sites

888 CasinoA well-known international brand is now among NJ's legal online casinos.
Betfair NJ CasinoOne of the leading casinos from the international market operates in the legal NJ online casino market via a partnership with Golden Nugget.
Borgata Online CasinoThe leader in Atlantic City is also among the top options for legal online play in NJ.
Caesars Casino Online OnlineThe biggest single name in American gambling is available online, and is integrated with the casino's Total Rewards program.
Golden Nugget Online CasinoOne of the biggest online casinos by revenue, the Golden Nugget is run by the same company behind the AC casino.
Harrah's Casino OnlineAnother iconic Atlantic City name that now offers legal online casino games.
Pala Online CasinoKnown for their successful casino in California, Pala operates online in NJ in partnership with the Borgata.
SugarHouse Online CasinoThe popular Philadelphia casino now has an online arm thanks to a partnership with the Golden Nugget.
Tropicana Online CasinoA classic name from the Atlantic City boardwalk is now available online in New Jersey's legal online gambling market.
Virgin NJ Online CasinoThe globally-known Virgin brand offers real-money gambling in NJ through a partnership with Tropicana.

New sites are always launching in New Jersey. Read our previews of MGM’s upcoming online casino and Hard Rock’s NJ online casino.

US online casino game in focus: Slot Machines

Slot machines are the most popular forms of gambling at land-based casinos and at legal online gambling sites. Slot machines are called fruities, one-armed bandits, pokies or simply slots, and they can be found in almost every casino the world over.

Slots at legal online gambling sites in the US

Legal online slots are found in only a couple of states in the US, though at the time of writing only a few states have fully regulated online casinos.

Online slots in New Jersey

New Jersey is one of the few states with regulated, legal online gambling. In fact, New Jersey has always had a reputation as being the most gamble-friendly of the US states (with the notable exception of Nevada).

Governor Chris Christie rejected the first bill to regulate online gambling in 2011, but passed in 2013. Currently, New Jersey online casinos are accessible to players within the state itself. (Players aren’t required to have permanent residency.) Furthermore, online casinos have to be licensed in tandem with one of the major live New Jersey casino operators.

New Jersey has a wide range of online slots available at all major casino operators. In fact, the Garden State boasts the best selection of legal online slots in the US. Players there can also benefit from a wide range of deposit bonuses and other sign-up incentives at the casinos.

In 2014, New Jersey’s online casino industry saw the first million-dollar online slot winner. Cathy Ruela won over $1.3 million playing the Millionaire Genie online slot at Harrah’s Casino.

Online slots in Delaware

Delaware was the first state to legislate for online gambling. The three licenses currently held in Delaware are owned by the state’s three major racetracks. Gambling has a rich history in Delaware dating back to the first racetrack in 1760.

Delaware’s online casino industry is small, as is the state itself. There are discussions about merging the state’s online gambling pools with that of neighboring New Jersey.

Online gambling in Nevada

Despite Nevada being one of the few states with fully regulated and legal online gambling, there are no online slots available in the state. However, Nevada residents have no shortage of land-based slot machines. There are more than 175,000 slot machines in the state.

Despite the lack of online slots in Nevada, the online casino industry is thriving in its offer of other casino games like poker and sports betting.

Online gambling in other states

At the time of writing, only the states listed above have fully regulated online gambling.

However, there are several ongoing discussions and arrangements to introduce online gambling to other states. Pennsylvania is likely to be the next state to boast legal online casinos. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill to regulate and legislate for online gaming. However, the 2016 US election has meant that it is unlikely to pass the Senate until much later.

California is another state with ongoing discussions for regulation of online casinos and online poker. California tribes are divided over the introduction of online gambling, specifically poker, to the state of California. Hence, this has hampered any progression with regulating online gaming in the state.