Pointsbet, the premier sports betting site – or sportsbook – has been available in Colorado ever since sports betting was legalized in the state. Over that time, the company has made impressive in-roads in becoming arguably the most notable sportsbook in the state for punters looking to bet on anything from the NFL to horse racing. PointsBet has brought millions of dollars into Colorado and have even partnered with the Double Eagle Casino to make life just that much easier for wannabe sports bettors. Most impressively, the company even moved its headquarters to Denver, right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The sportsbook has really taken the state of Colorado by storm, even just in the past three years. When it went live in Colorado, it had already been established in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and New Jersey, but since then, in just three short years, has expanded, very rapidly, into Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan,New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia. The company, which began in Australia, has truly taken the United States by storm in really very little time.
The big question then becomes where the company will end up next.
The State of Legalized Sports Betting in the US
PointsBet, as a legitimate business, can only work in places where it is legal to bet on sports. Australia had legalized sports betting far longer than the US, which is how and why the company really grew itself “down under” before tackling the United States.
In fact, on a federal level, the Supreme Court only struck down laws banning sports betting nationwide in 2018, and left it in the hands of the states themselves whether to make sports betting legal in their borders. In the past five years, the amount of states that have legalized the activity has only grown and grown with most realizing two simple truths: 1) legal sports betting and gambling, in general, bring in millions of dollars into the state coffers, year after year, in the form of taxes and 2) criminalizing sports betting didn’t stop people from doing it, but just made it less safe, less secure and almost completely unregulated.
It’s why prohibition laws against gambling, drinking, smoking weed and even, contentiously, abortion, just don’t work and never have ever worked.
States With Legal Sports Betting – And Those Without
The following states understand both of the above points and have legalized sports betting over the past five years:
- New Jersey (the first state to do so)
- West Virginia
- New Hampshire
- New York
- Rhode Island
Two states, meanwhile, are in the process of legalizing sports betting:
- North Carolina
That’s over half the States! Of the rest, it seems like it’s only a matter of time for most of them, though considering how few forms of gambling are legal in the following states, I wouldn’t hold my breath for them anytime soon.
- South Carolina
- North Dakota
Most of these above states either outlaw gambling outright (Utah), only allow specific betting, like on horse racing (Texas) or only allow charitable gambling and state lottery (Vermont). California, meanwhile, still hasn’t allowed sports betting as of yet, but they fall more into the any-day-now camp than the above.
So, Where to Next?
It’s actually somewhat unclear where PointsBet plans to open next – at lest for those of us who aren’t part of the company. The company’s most recent additions were Maryland and its very first branch in Europe: Dublin, Ireland.
It’s quite possible that the company’s next target could be Montana or North Carolina, as soon as they’re legalized, but more likely is one of the states where sports betting and other forms of gambling are legal, but it hasn’t broken into yet.
Nevada is an obvious choice, but with so much already happening in the state that holds Las Vegas, there’s probably too much competition there. One of the smaller states like Wyoming is certainly a strong possibility, as are Massusuchets, which only just legalized sports betting, or Wisconsin.
If I was a betting person, I would probably bet on Washington state being next on the list – or at least quite near the top. Seattle is one of the biggest and most popular cities in the United States, which should command, just by itself, more than a large enough client base for PointsBet to thrive in the state.
What PointsBet Offers These States
Regardless of where the company does start operating next, it’s clear that the sportsbook is already one of the biggest sports betting companies in the country, and looks set to only grow and grow as time goes on.
With the experience of growing slowly in Australia PointsBet has made the most of the explosion of legal sports betting in the United States, offering lucrative bonuses for new and long-standing customers alike, and covers virtually any sport you can imagine, but most especially the big leagues like the NBA, NFL, NCAAF and the MLB.
With a highly rated App for both Android (4.6 on Google’s Play Store) and iOS (a whopping 4.8 on Apple’s App Store), plenty of experience and top-notch support, it’s really little wonder that PointsBet is officially the quickest growing sportsbook in the United States and all sports betting enthusiasts won’t help but appreciate all that this sportsbook has to offer.
Keep an eye out on the company’s social media sites to find out whether it’ll be available in your state soon, if it isn’t already. Considering how quickly they’re expanding, it’s hard to imagine you’ll have to wait too long.