Idaho is a state set in its ways. To that extent, sports betting does not appear to be coming anytime soon.
Since the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 2018, none of the state’s lawmakers have introduced any sort of bill to legalize sports betting.
Much like any piece of legislation, it’s hard to predict when legal wagering might come to the Gem State. For the time being, there doesn’t appear to be an appetite for it. However, with the coronavirus pandemic crippling state budgets, that could change.
With neighboring states like Montana, Nevada and Oregon generating tax revenue from sports betting, perhaps that will be the nudge Idaho needs to get the ball rolling. Nearby Washington state legalized sports betting in 2020 but is still working on a launch date.
There has to be a hunger for sports betting at the legislative level before online wagering can even be discussed. With that in mind, it doesn’t appear as if online sports betting is coming anytime soon.
Should Idaho want to stay competitive with neighboring states, it would be wise to consider online sports betting. Neighboring Oregon has a completely online market with remote registration making it easy for customers from Boise to travel across state lines and begin placing bets.
When it comes to legal sports betting options, unfortunately, there are zero.
However, Idaho is home to 10 tribal casinos and a state lottery, both of which provide options for the state should it choose to pass a sports betting bill.
Idaho could also opt for an online-only format (similar to Tennessee) or launch sports betting at its four racetracks.
Horse racing is legal in Idaho. Some tracks across the US, like in Illinois, have been given the opportunity to offer sports betting.
Other racetracks in Idaho listed by the racing commission include: Jerome Racing, Rupert Downs and Sandy Downs.
Online sports betting is pretty standard across all legal jurisdictions, in terms of how it functions. Should the day come when online/mobile wagering is legalized in Idaho, it would likely work much as it does in Nevada, New Jersey or Indiana.
Legal sports betting apps on Android or Apple devices would provide a convenient and safe option to place bets online.
To place online sports bets in Idaho, you would most likely have to follow these steps:
Considering Idaho may be years away from passing a sports betting bill, it is yet to be known if customers will have to travel to a land-based sportsbook and register for a mobile account in person.
You won’t be able to place a bet online from outside ID state lines.
Geolocation technology combines IP and Wi-Fi data. If there is any doubt about your location or if you use a proxy/VPN, you would not be able to bet.
Although residents in Idaho can’t place bets online until a bill is passed, they can travel to neighboring Nevada to register an account and place bets there.
There are a handful of nearby cities in Nevada with sportsbooks where customers can register for an online account or place in-person bets.
A few but not all include:
Las Vegas is of course a legal gambling and betting hot spot, but it’s a much farther drive than the Northern Nevada cities listed above.
The next step is funding your sports betting account.
Free bets are an attractive incentive in other states with sports betting. However, you may experience delays if you hit an early win.
A big advantage of legal online betting sites is that you can use mainstream payment options. These include credit cards, bank transfers and even cash.
Here are the main methods:
After you register and fund your account, you’ll be ready to place your first online sports bet.
The designs follow the same basic principles, although apps and websites may have different menus.
The three primary columns are:
After you nail down the process of placing a wager, you can focus on maximizing the benefits.
We don’t know how long the list of major brand sportsbooks looking to get into Idaho is, but offers would likely be available.
Offers from online sportsbooks come in four standard types:
Most likely, customers would be able to bet on any and all professional sports teams in Idaho.
However, there might be a possibility that all collegiate teams in the state would be off-limits. This rule could include any teams from outside Idaho participating in events or tournaments in the state, much like in New Jersey and New York.
Idaho does not have any professional sports teams and only has a few Division 1 universities. The most notable are:
So far, this page has taken you through the process of registering, depositing and choosing a sport. Your next step is to decide what kind of bet to place. If and when sportsbooks open in Idaho, some of the traditional bets would include the following:
Live, in-play betting may be available at online sportsbooks. This type of wagering allows you to place various types of bets as the game progresses.
Since the state does not have sports betting yet, there are no laws to govern or regulate the industry.
Additionally, daily fantasy sports are also banned in the state.
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden determined DFS contests are gambling under state law. Popular operators like DraftKings and FanDuel have been illegal in the state since May 2016.
No, sports betting is not legal in Idaho.
Idaho residents can start placing bets as soon as state lawmakers pass a bill legalizing sports betting. The 2018 decision by the US Supreme Court, which did away with the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, only gave individual states the power to legalize sports betting if they choose.
Until it’s legalized in the state, Idaho residents cannot place any bets.
Unfortunately, online sports betting isn’t available in Idaho.
Residents must travel to Nevada or Oregon to be able to place bets on a smartphone or tablet. However, if you travel to Nevada, you will have to register your online account in person before you can start making bets. But once you travel back into Idaho, you can no longer make online wagers.
For the time being, no. There aren’t any online sportsbooks in Idaho.
Traditional bets available in New Jersey, and the other states with sports betting, will most likely be made available in Idaho.
Some of the most common bets are:
Since sports betting has yet to be legalized in Idaho, the answer is no. It will be up to state lawmakers if they choose to allow betting on in-state teams.
For instance, college teams in New York or college teams participating in tournaments, games or special events in New York state are off-limits. It is possible lawmakers in Idaho could adopt such a rule.
Idaho gambling law states you must be 18 years old and have a valid ID to gamble. However, in most states with legal sports betting, the betting age is 21 or older.
With no movement from state lawmakers, sports betting remains on the outside looking in. Should sports betting gain traction in the years to come, Idaho does have a few options at its disposal for launching the industry. The state is home to several tribal casinos, a state lottery and racetracks that are capable of operating sports betting. Also, as stated previously, the Gem State could look at Tennessee as a guide and launch a completely mobile industry.
For now, Idaho residents will have to make the drive to nearby Oregon, Montana, Nevada and eventually Washington state to get their legal sports betting fix.