Idaho Online Sports Betting Laws
Sports fans in Idaho are unlikely to be able to enjoy a wager on their favorite team any time soon. Although other forms of gambling are legal in the Gem State, there have been no moves whatsoever to bring sports betting here, and little prospect of any emerging in the near future.
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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.
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Is Sports Betting Legal in Idaho?
No, there is no such thing as legal Idaho sports betting – and unlikely to be any such thing soon.
Is Online Sports Betting Legal in Idaho?
No, Idaho online sports betting has not been legalized. No wheels are in motion to change that.
In the years since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was struck down in 2018, no efforts have been made to legalize sports betting in Idaho.
When PASPA was ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, the way was clear for states to authorize sports betting within their borders. However, no bill has been launched by any Idaho legislator in the years since.
Idaho is home to 10 tribal casinos and several horse racing tracks. But the prospect of sports betting in a retail or online scenario is, in the absence of any legislative efforts whatsoever, clearly very distant indeed.
Horse racing is the exception to the rule for sports betting in Idaho. Funded and regulated by the Idaho Racing Commission, it’s the only sport on which you can bet, in person or online, in the Gem State. With races set to take place in 2021 at locations including the Eastern Idaho State Fair, Oneida County Fair, Pocatello Downs, and Jerome County Fairgrounds, Idaho racing fans have plenty of action – and some of the biggest advance deposit wagering operators, including BetAmerica, TVG, and TwinSpires – to choose from.
Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) offerings have been specifically declared illegal in Idaho. In 2016, the state’s Attorney General, Lawrence Wasden, published a press release detailing an agreement with FanDuel and DraftKings, under which they would cease offering pay-to-play DFS games in the state, based on his findings that “paid daily sports offerings provided by these companies constitute gambling under Idaho law.” Therefore, there is no gray area, as you find in many other states. As a result, there is no access to DFS games in the Gem State.
The NBA commands attention among basketball fans from coast to coast, and if those fans are located within Idaho, they tend to cast their eyes southwards and root for the Utah Jazz. There are also some decent NCAA Division I teams for hoops diehards to enjoy.
There are very few local measures supporting the cause of responsible gambling in Idaho. However, the few online resources include:
Idaho Lottery: The state lottery’s website has a page affirming its commitment to responsible gambling.
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG): This US-wide body offers a helpline and chat and text facilities.
The US Supreme Court rules PASPA unconstitutional.
No Idaho legislator has introduced a bill in the years since aimed at the legalization of Idaho sports betting in any form.
As things stand, there are no locations where you can enjoy Idaho sports betting. No sportsbooks are authorized to operate in a retail or online capacity.
If that changes in the future, it is most likely that the state’s 10 casinos would be the first retail locations where sports betting would be allowed.
An up-to-date list of those casinos can be found here.
No. There are no Idaho betting sites. The state has made no move towards the legalization of Idaho sports betting in any form, so it is unlikely the situation will change any time soon. The only exception to this is horse racing; there are four racetracks in the state and you can place online bets on the action with a number of licensed advanced deposit wagering licensees.
No. Idaho is one of the few states that has made no move at all towards the legalization of sports betting since PASPA was thrown out in 2018. The only form of legal Idaho sports betting is on horse racing – there are no other retail betting facilities in the state, and there is no facility for online betting either.
If sports betting ever comes to the Gem State, the people of Idaho will have a choice of well regarded and respected online sports betting operators. The most trusted operators have worked hard to build their reputations and they offer excellent customer service that includes safe, secure data and financial operations.
DraftKings is one of the biggest names in the US sports betting landscape. It is one of the most popular operators of Daily Fantasy Sports – but DFS is illegal in Idaho, so it cannot operate here. DraftKings also has a sportsbook arm but, with Idaho online betting being illegal here too, it is unable to serve customers in the state.