Is any online gambling legal in Tennessee?
|Notes & Restrictions
|Tennessee does not allow casino gambling and has no land-based casinos.
|Sports betting, horse betting, and DFS
|No off-track betting or simulcast racing
|State and multi-state drawings available
|Charitable or House-Based Gambling
|Bingo and raffles
|Minimum Gambling Age
|18 for lottery and charitable gambling and 21 for sports betting
Yes, there is online gambling in Tennessee. Specifically, you can bet on sports, bet on horseracing, and play daily fantasy sports (DFS). However, these three avenues are basically the limit in terms of online gambling. Legal Tennessee online casinos, poker, and even lottery games are unavailable. As it happens, almost every type of gambling is strictly prohibited by Tenn. Code § 39-17-501.
One other avenue for online gaming, however, is the use of sweepstakes and social casino sites. Although the games that you can play on these sites are mostly identical to those found on online casino sites, the unique business model that sweepstakes and social casino sites use keeps them in the good graces of the law. In fact, because of the restrictions placed upon these sites, you are able to play for real money prizes without spending a dime.
Online sportsbooks in Tennessee
Yes. Tennessee is home to legal online sportsbooks. Online sports betting became legal in 2019 thanks to HB0001, which permitted online sports betting licensing to proceed. The bill, which passed into law after Gov. Bill Lee declined to sign it, only allowed for retail sportsbooks after a petition and election process in each jurisdiction. In other words, though it would theoretically be legal to set up retail sportsbooks in Tennessee, it would take quite a bit more work to get them off the ground.
When Tennessee legalized sports betting in 2019, it came as a bit of a shock to folks in the gambling industry. After all, Tennessee had long been a hostile place for games of chance – even bingo isn’t permitted. However, it’s possible that the seeds for sports betting’s debut in the Volunteer State had already been planted long before HB0001 passed into law in April 2019. Three years prior, Tennessee became the third state to regulate daily fantasy sports (DFS) officially.
Can you play online poker in Tennessee?
No. Tennessee does not offer legal and licensed poker sites. The only online poker-like option you have available is sweepstakes poker.
The best opportunity in this regard is Global Poker. Global Poker is owned and operated by the same company that runs Chumba and Luckyland, and all three use the same types of currency. Global offers cash games, tournaments, sit-n-go’s, jackpot sit-n-go’s, and fast fold poker options. There are a variety of blind levels and buy-ins available. You can play no-limit Texas hold’em, pot-limit Omaha, or Crazy Pineapple onsite, although hold’em is obviously the easiest online poker game to find.
Can you play slots online in Tennessee?
For the most part, no. No online casinos are licensed, registered, or permitted to operate inside the state lines of Tennessee. Thus, no online slot games are available in Tennessee.
However, online sweepstakes casinos like Chumba, Luckyland, and Funzpoints each offer several slot titles that can be played for real prizes.