Alabama Sports Betting Apps: BetAmerica, Amwager racing app, and Twinspires mobile site. Expected Sports Betting App in Alabama in 2020 and further: Look for other horse race betting apps (Android, iPhone) to become available in the state of Alabama in the very near future.
Sports Betting Apps in Alabama
Betting markets/leagues/events via Alabama sports gambling apps: Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, Local horse and greyhound races.
Mobile sports betting Sites in Alabama
For some reason, the state of Alabama has not gotten into the sports betting scene despite a few of their neighboring states recently legalizing it.
Alabama has some of the strictest laws in the country when it comes to gambling, but they do allow daily fantasy sports apps (Fanduel, Draftkings, Draft) and horse race betting mobile apps (BetAmerica Alabama, Twinspires Alabama).
There has been some talk in recent months about looking into the possibility of legalizing sports betting, but nothing has come of it. Until sports betting becomes legalized in Alabama then the possibility of having any mobile apps is pretty obsolete.
There are a few different horse race betting companies that have launched apps that residents of Alabama can take advantage of, and more are expected to become available in 2020. Alabama will be one of the biggest states to keep an eye on in 2020 in terms of sports betting.
Check Sports Betting Apps In Neighboring States To Alabama:
Online sportsbooks in Alabama
Currently, there are no legal online sportsbooks or casinos in Alabama that accept sports bets from citizens of the state. It may come in 2020. Residents of Alabama that travel to Biloxi, MS – a one hour drive from downtown Mobile, AL – can place sports bets at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino.
Prospects Of Sports Betting Legislation In Alabama By 2020
Following the Supreme Court decision on May 14, 2018 that struck down the federal ban on sports betting (PASPA), states can legalize sports betting with legislative approval. But Alabama, more than any Bible Belt state, has long recoiled over the notion of legalized gambling of any kind. Alabama has a constitutional provision involving lotteries and games of chance that other states do not.
An attempt to legalize Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) in Alabama came up short in 2016. Betting on sports legally in Alabama is still many years away as there is currently no sports betting bills filed and nothing yet planned for the Nov. 6 general election and 2019 legislative session.
However, for those that want to follow the live streams and betting-related legislative sessions in Alabama, you can click the audio links below for House and Senate legislative updates.
If the Alabama legislature were able to file a bill and approve sports betting, it would likely require a constitutional amendment via a referendum approved by state lawmakers.
The Alabama Attorney General’s office believes the constitutional change would be needed because of the likelihood of court challenges. Alabama is not likely to expend political capital to pass a law that the courts are likely to nullify.
A new opinion from the US Department of Justice broadens its interpretation of the Wire Act to cover internet gambling. The implications on the industry remain unclear pending a set of enforcement guidelines from the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC).
The OLC’s updated interpretation no longer believes that the Wire Act only applies to sports betting. The issue now is that there is no longer any clarity about which forms of online gaming are legal and which are not.
Sports gambling laws in Alabama
The sports gambling laws in Alabama are very strict and betting on sports has never been allowed in the state. There has been legislation introduced to legalize and regulate sports betting in Alabama as recently as April 2019. However, any legislation of this nature remains a longshot to pass into law but the fact the issue has found its way to the statehouse is a sign there may be hope for legal sports betting sometime in the future.
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