The American Gaming Association forecast that more than 17% of adults in the U.S. planned to wager $3.1 billion on the 2022 edition of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. This year, that number will likely grow, as even more states have legal sports betting.
Still, just because a state has legalized wagering, it doesn’t mean bettors there have carte blanche when it comes to college sports. Some states have wagering restrictions, which could come as a rude surprise for uninformed punters.
Nobody likes a rude gambling surprise. So Covers has a primer below on which states allow betting on March Madness and any restrictions there may be, to ensure there are no shocks when it’s time to wager.
No. There is no legal sports betting yet in Alabama.
No, because Alaska has no legal sportsbooks.
Yes, Arizona sports betting includes wagering on March Madness via retail and online bookmakers. However, prop betting markets for college games are forbidden in the state.
Yes, Arkansas sports betting permits wagering on college basketball over the internet or at a casino.
No. Sports betting is not yet legal in California.
Yes, Colorado sports betting allows March Madness wagering at retail and online sites. Nevertheless, you can’t make prop bets on college games there.
Yes, you can bet on March Madness games at Connecticut sportsbooks. However, bettors in the state can only bet on UConn to win the tournament, not the team's games. Betting on Connecticut colleges is otherwise prohibited in the state.
Yes, you can wager on college basketball in Delaware, just not on the state’s college teams.
No, there are no legal sports betting options in Florida right now.
No, because sports betting isn’t legal in Georgia.
No, there are no legal sportsbooks in Hawaii.
No. There is no legal sports betting in Idaho.
Yes, Illinois sports betting includes wagering on March Madness. There are exceptions, though, including that any bets on in-state colleges must be made before the game, in person, and at a brick-and-mortar sportsbook, not online. No player prop bets involving the state’s colleges are allowed either.
Yes, you can bet on college hoops at Indiana sportsbooks (there might be a riot if you couldn't). In spite of that, you can't bet college player props during a game.
Yes, March Madness games will be on the menu at Iowa sportsbooks. Nevertheless, you can't bet player props for games involving the state’s college teams.
Yes, it’s full speed ahead for college sports wagering in Kansas.
No, there is no legal sports betting in Kentucky, unless you count horse racing.
Yes, Louisiana sports betting includes college events such as March Madness.
No, because legal sports betting has not begun in Maine. Maybe next year, as regulators are implementing event wagering in the New England state.
Yes, retail and online sportsbooks in Maryland can take bets on college basketball.
Betting on Massachusetts college teams is generally banned in the state. However, since March Madness is a tournament, betting on its games involving Massachusetts college teams will be allowed, as that is the one exception the rule. What's not allowed is betting college player props. That is not permitted in the commonwealth at any time.
Yes, retail and online sportsbooks in Michigan are free to take bets on college basketball.
No, because sports betting is not yet legal in Minnesota.
Yes, you can bet on college basketball in Mississippi, but only at a casino.
No, because there are no legal sportsbooks in Missouri yet.
Yes, you can bet on college sports in Montana at a licensed lottery retailer.
No, you can't bet on college sports in Nebraska, because legal sports wagering has not launched there yet. If you could, betting on the state's college teams would still be banned.
Yes, it’s Nevada, where Las Vegas is located. You can bet on college sports there.
Yes, New Jersey sports betting includes wagering on March Madness at retail and online sportsbooks, but gambling on the state's college teams or college games that take place in New Jersey is off-limits.
Yes, you can bet on college basketball at tribal casinos in New Mexico.
Yes, New York sports betting permits wagering on college basketball via retail and online sportsbooks. You just can’t bet on colleges from New York.
Yes, you can bet on March Madness at tribal casinos in North Carolina. Online sports betting is not yet legal in the state.
Yes, you can wager on college hoops in North Dakota at tribal casinos.
Yes, Ohio sportsbooks of the brick-and-mortar and mobile variety will be taking bets on March Madness.
No, because there is no legal sports betting in Oklahoma.
Yes, you can bet on college basketball at Oregon casinos. That said, the state does not allow betting on college sports over the internet, so gamblers can't wager on March Madness via DraftKings, Oregon's sole mobile bookmaker.
Yes, Pennsylvania sports betting means you can wager on college basketball games at physical and mobile sportsbooks. Betting college player props is not allowed, though.
Yes, you can bet on college basketball at Rhode Island sportsbooks — but only as long as the teams involved are not from the state and the games aren’t being played in the state.
No, there’s no legalized sports betting in South Carolina.
Yes, you can bet on college basketball at casinos in South Dakota. However, you can't bet on the state's college teams or college player props.
Yes, Tennessee sports betting includes wagering on March Madness using mobile sites. Still, there are some limitations, as college player prop betting and in-play prop betting on college games are not allowed.
No, because sports betting isn’t legal in Texas.
No. There is no legal sports betting in Utah.
No, because sports betting has not yet been legalized in Vermont.
Yes, Virginia sportsbooks can take bets on March Madness. Despite this, those same bookmakers can't take action on the state's college teams or any prop bets for college games.
Yes, you can bet on college basketball at tribal casinos in Washington, but you can't wager on the state's colleges.
Yes, D.C. sportsbooks will offer betting markets on March Madness. However, betting on colleges and events located in the district is prohibited.
Yes, you can bet on college basketball in West Virginia.
Yes, you can bet on college basketball at tribal casinos in Wisconsin. Even so, you can't bet on the state's college teams there.
Yes, wagering on March Madness is available at Wyoming sportsbooks.