Alaska online sports betting laws
Alaska’s nickname of “the Last Frontier”, could prove extremely apt when it comes to the spread of sports betting across the US. Prospects for sports betting to become legal here any time soon are extremely slim, despite recent efforts by the state’s governor.
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Is sports betting legal in Alaska?
No, there is no such thing as Alaska sports betting, and it is unlikely that will change any time soon.
Is online sports betting legal in Alaska?
No, Alaska online sports betting is not legal. The prospects of any form of betting being allowed soon are small.
Is sports betting legal in Alaska?
Daily Fantasy Sports in Alaska
It may come as a surprise to learn that, in what is clearly a deeply conservative state, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is available in Alaska. The state’s attorney general has yet to weigh in on whether DFS is considered to be illegal gambling and, therefore, the major DFS operators all offer fantasy wagering in Alaska.
Without any major sports teams in The Last Frontier, Alaskans have to look elsewhere for sides to follow. The Seattle Seahawks of the NFL get plenty of support – even though they play home games more than 2,000 miles from Anchorage, the state capital.
Hockey games are also keenly followed, given the proximity of Canada and the presence of a Division I NCAA hockey program in the state.
Responsible gambling in Alaska
Even though there is no such thing as legal Alaska casino-based or online betting, people here do find ways to gamble.
As a result, it is reassuring to find there is access to sites with resources to help people who get into difficulties through gambling, and to help their families.
Gambling Therapy offers a wide range of assistance, insight and practical tools for anyone with concerns.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is responsible for general health and/or addiction services in this state, and may also have information on problem gambling.
The National Council on Problem Gambling also offers a host of information, as well as a 24-hour confidential helpline.
Timeline of sports betting in Alaska
One candidate tries to enter the Anchorage mayoral race on a platform of legalizing sports betting but doesn’t get enough support to make it into the election.
Alaska holds a referendum on legalizing gambling – it loses by a margin of two-to-one.
Plans were drawn up for a tribal casino in Alaska; construction had just begun when the state passed a new law banning casino games.
PASPA is ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court.
Bills introduced by state governor Mike Dunleavy in the Senate and the House fail to get through committee.
Where can you bet in Alaska?
As things stand, nowhere at all. There is no such thing as Alaska sports betting, and legal Alaska betting sites do not exist.