Georgia Online Sports Betting Laws
Hopes that Georgia would open the door to legalized sports betting were dashed as the legislation fell victim to political upheaval in the state in March 2021. It’s now seen as very unlikely that legal sports betting will commence in the Peach State before 2023, at the earliest.
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Jennifer has a degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C, in 2005. She's been living in Las Vegas helping clients in the casino and gaming industry, as well as other regulated businesses, across Nevada for over 15 years.
She has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books on US gaming law, including most recently, The Law of Regulated Gambling: A Practical Guide for Business Lawyers, American Bar Association (2020), and That (Expletive) Broad: Women Who Broke Barriers in the Casino and Gaming Industry (2020).
Is Sports Betting Legal in Georgia?
No. Georgia sports betting has not been legalized yet, despite hopes that 2021 would see the way cleared.
Is Online Sports Betting Legal in Georgia?
No, there is no such thing as legal Georgia online sports betting, and as a result, no Georgia betting sites.
Georgia, with a population of more than 10 million and a healthy appetite for top-level sports, looked likely to be one of the states taking big steps towards the legalization of sports betting in 2021.
The home of the Atlanta Braves, Falcons, Hawks, as well as the iconic US Masters, appeared ready to join the growing list of states where wagering on sports is allowed despite a long history of opposition to gambling. Today, however, there are no casinos or permanent racetracks in the state.
Legislation that would have allowed the people of Georgia to vote to authorize legalization of sports betting on the 2022 ballot was throttled in a political tug of war in March 2021.
Two bills, SR135 and SB142, gained approval in the Senate at the start of the month. But they died on the House floor on the final day of the legislative session a few weeks later. The bid for legalization was part of the collateral damage caused by the battle over voting rights in the state.
With the Republicans controversially looking to limit voter rights, the Democrats withdrew their support for the sports betting legislation.
It remains to be seen whether sports betting legalization will still find its way on to the 2022 ballot, which might clear the way for wagering to begin in 2023. Lawmakers can reintroduce the sports betting measures during the 2022 legislative session, which begins in January of next year. If legislators pass such a bill next year, the issue could still go to the voters on the 2022 ballot.
Surprisingly, in a state that outlaws all forms of gambling other than the lottery, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is tolerated in Georgia. There is no law against it, but neither has there been legislation passed that specifically allows it. DFS operators insist that DFS is a game of skill rather than chance, such that it does not fall under the description of illegal gambling. Whether the courts of Georgia agree with that position has yet to be tested.
DFS fans have plenty of local teams to choose from when they make their selections. Atlanta is home to top-level pro football, basketball, and baseball teams, as well as leading MLS side Atlanta United.
There is also a thriving college sports scene in Georgia, led by the Bulldogs, meaning DFS players have even more to choose from when they want to get involved in top action.
Georgia plays host to Major League action in the form of the Atlanta Braves, and there is a plethora of minor league sides in the state too. Baseball wagering is always popular, so there would be plenty of action for customers of Georgia betting sites to enjoy.
As you might expect of a state that has a long history of hostility towards gambling – the state lottery is the only form of gambling that is allowed in the Peach State – there are limited resources for problem gamblers here.
The Georgia Lottery offers advice to people who are concerned about their gambling; it also gives $400,000 a year to research into, and treatment of, addiction.
The Georgia Council on Problem Gambling is the local partner of the national body of the same name. It offers advice, counseling and access to helplines.
The National Council on Problem Gambling has plenty of resources, including a confidential 24-hour helpline.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is struck down, allowing states to legalize sports betting if they wish.
Georgia, possibly influenced by progress in neighboring Tennessee, begins to look at the legalization of online-only sports betting. But there is little momentum behind any of the bills launched.
Georgia sports betting legislation falls victim to political wrangling over voter rights, leaving future developments and timelines uncertain.
At the moment, nowhere. The prospects of sports betting being legalized in Georgia took a big hit in March 2021.
Even if betting is legalized, there are no casinos to provide an obvious location for wagers to be struck. And with Georgia online sports betting still a distant vision, there are no Georgia betting sites either.
No. There are no Georgia betting sites and no sportsbooks that are allowed to offer wagering through mobile devices. The fact that there are no casinos in the Peach State means that if Georgia sports betting is legalized it will probably be online, but it is unclear when that may happen.
No. Georgia online betting has not been legalized. There may be sportsbooks located outside the state that offer services to people here, but they are not licensed or regulated. This means that should you use one of these operators and have a dispute over payment, you will have no legal recourse and could lose your money.
No, there is no legalized Georgia sports betting, despite this being a state that is home to some top pro teams and one the most famous golf tournament in the world, the Masters, held at Augusta. There is little prospect of Georgia sports betting commencing before 2023 at the earliest.
The simple answer is that you can’t. Georgia is a state with a long history of opposition to gambling, and sports betting has not been legalized here. It is possible that Georgia online betting will commence in the coming years, but that is not expected to happen before 2023 at the earliest.