Since the Supreme Court decision on May 14, 2018 that struck down the federal ban on sports betting (PASPA), states can now legalize sports betting with legislative approval.
Kentucky residents are getting closer to being able to bet on sports legally in the state. The lawmakers in Kentucky are pushing for sports betting by Jan. 1, 2020, and a number of house bills are filed.
Once sports betting becomes legal in Kentucky, residents age 21 and over will be able to bet on pro and college football and basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, boxing, UFC and other types of sporting events. However, people in Kentucky will not be allowed to wager on games that include teams from Kentucky schools as currently bills outline.
Residents age 21 and over will be able to bet on sports at horse racing tracks and the Kentucky Speedway. Currently, the minimum age to bet on horse racing is 18 in Kentucky.
Legislation updates on sports betting in Kentucky
Kentucky has a number of bills filed in 2019 that would legalize sports betting with different regulatory tracts.
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In late February, House bill 175 was filed and if approved would make it legal for people in Kentucky to bet on sports. They would have to do it in person at one of the state’s horse racing tracks or the Kentucky Speedway. Mobile wagering would be permitted, but the app would have to be downloaded in person at the race track or speedway. The measure also legalizes daily fantasy sports (DFS) and online poker.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission would be in charge of overseeing and regulating sports betting.