Idaho Online Sports Betting

Legal online sportsbooks and betting apps in Idaho

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.

When might Idaho online sportsbooks launch?

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.

Legal betting options in Idaho

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.

  • Cassia County Fair
  • Eastern Idaho State Fair
  • Oneida Downs
  • Pocatello Downs

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.

How online sports betting would work in Idaho

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:

  • Sign up: Regulated sportsbooks will ask for the last four digits of your Social Security number. There is a chance you would have to register your account in person at a casino. But since there are zero commercial casinos in the state, odds are very slim of this happening.
  • Deposit: Fund your online sports betting account with cash or linking a credit or debit card.
  • Bet: Search and choose the best bet that is right for you. Sportsbooks provide a multitude of options.
  • Decide what type of bet: Singles, parlays, props and live betting options will be available.

Download a sportsbook mobile app and register

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.

Idaho may not have mobile sports betting, but nearby Nevada does

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:

  • Carson City
  • Jackpot
  • Reno
  • Elko

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.

How to deposit and withdraw

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:

  • Debit and credit cards: Use debit or credit cards to make deposits. Most sportsbooks will welcome VisaMastercardDiscover and even Amex
  • Cash: Casino cages are available for cash deposits, which is a traditional way of getting your money in and your winnings out. Cash at the cage is not the only method for cash deposits.
  • Bank transfers: Options for making direct transfers from your bank have moved beyond old-fashioned bank wires. These days, e-checks, also called ACH transfers, are a popular option.
  • Electronic wallets: The best-known e-wallet is PayPal; other forms include Skrill and Neteller. This broad category contains third-party payment options that offer extra protection and the ability to keep your bank and gambling money separate. E-wallets have fees, which many bettors are content paying.  

Using an online sportsbook

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:

  • Left column: Where you will find a list of sports. 
  • Middle column: This is where you will see the list of upcoming games. The main bets, moneylines or totals, are on display.
  • Right column: This is where your bet slip is. You can add bets from the middle to your bet slip, then organize them separately later. Here, you choose whether to place singles or parlays and enter the amount to bet before confirming. If your sportsbook offers cash-out betting, you will usually find this on the right side.

Rewards and bonuses

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:

  • No deposit and free bet bonuses: Most state-regulated books will offer a small bet for merely registering. These bets do expire. Be sure to check for further wagering requirements on any wins, as these will vary.
  • Sportsbook deposit bonuses: To encourage deposits, expect sportsbooks to offer a 100% matched bonus that can vary in size between $100 and $1,000 or more. Some books incentivize deposits differently, so be sure to read the fine print.
  • Promotions: Both standing promos and one-off offers might be available at online sportsbooks. These include parlay insurance, overtime insurance, enhanced lines, boosts for big parlays or reload bonuses themed on specific events. Picks-style contests and leaderboards are also available.
  • Loyalty reward: Attracting new bettors is only part of the challenge. Loyalty programs can be flat-rate or divided into tiers with bigger benefits for frequent bettors. Some brands will tie their online loyalty program into existing live casino reward programs.

Betting on professional league teams from Idaho

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:

  • Boise State University — Mount West Conference
  • The University of Idaho — Big Sky Conference
  • Idaho State University — Big Sky Conference

What bets would be available for Idaho sports betting

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:

  • Moneylines: A basic single bet. The books will offer lines based on a $100 wager, with favorites shown in a negative form and underdogs as returns from a $100 bet.
  • Totals: The number of points scored by both teams during a game. You can choose to bet the under or over.
  • Spreads: Here, the sportsbooks will add points to the underdog, leveling the chances of both teams. Spreads are fractional, e.g., 1.5 points, to avoid tied results.
  • Parlays: Bets that involve multiple games, usually a minimum of three legs. If any individual bet loses, though, the entire parlay is a loss.
  • Teasers: This form of parlay allows you to adjust the spreads, which reduces the risk of individual contests. While you’ll win more frequently in this format, the returns will be lower.
  • Round robins: This form of parlay pitches each team you pick against the others.
  • Props: Any bet on the performance of individual players is a proposition bet.
  • Futures: Most bets will be on upcoming games. A futures wager, for example, is when you pick the winner of a conference or division at the start of the season.

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.

Idaho sports betting laws

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.

Idaho sports betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in Idaho?

No, sports betting is not legal in Idaho.

When can residents start placing bets?

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.

Do I have to live in Idaho to bet online?

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.

Will I be able to bet on my phone or tablet?

For the time being, no. There aren’t any online sportsbooks in Idaho.

WHAT KIND OF BETS CAN I PLACE?

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:

  • Futures
  • Parlays
  • Over/under
  • Moneyline

Is it legal to bet on Idaho sports teams?

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.

What sports can I bet on in Idaho?

Should Idaho sports betting operate like other jurisdictions, nearly every sport will be available for wagering.

The most common are:

How old do I have to be to legally bet in Idaho?

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.

 

Idaho sports betting recap

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.