According to Utah Online Gambling Laws Lotteries, Casinos, Sports Betting, Poker, DFS and Esports Sites are illegal.
Gambling in Utah
It probably comes as little surprise to find there is no legal gambling available in anyway in the entire state of Utah.
As you may know, Utah has a very large Mormon population and being of the faith is very much a prerequisite to being an elected official. Considering these factors, it’s easy to see why gambling in any form really has no chance to ever arrive in the state. The laws on the books as of today are as specific as they are strict and finding the loopholes others have enjoyed is difficult.
Even lotteries and Tribal Casinos on federal land, slam dunks in almost every other state, have been a non-starter in the Utah statehouse and doesn’t look to change any time soon.
Online Sports Betting in Utah
It is no secret that Utah is our nation’s most conservative state and legal online gambling never has much of a chance. This is definitely true when it comes to sports betting. In fact, while other states push for legal sports betting, Utah fights it the whole way on the federal level. It’s safe to say you won’t be seeing any sportsbooks in Utah anytime soon. 2020?
Casino Online Gambling in Utah
As with sports betting, casino gambling is also out in Utah with almost zero chance of ever happening.
Online Poker in Utah
The laws in Utah are so strict, in fact, off-shore sites for poker don’t even exist in the state.
Lotteries Gambling in Utah
No lotteries. No scratch-offs. No raffles or bingo. Strict anti-gambling laws indeed.
Fantasy Sports in Utah
It’s rather fitting that the only legal gambling you can participate in while in Utah is with fantasy sports. DFS sites are now considered games of skill and not chance so sites such as FanDuel and DraftKings are able to operate freely in the state.
Horse Racing Betting in Utah
Back to reality. All forms of horse racing betting, whether in-person or online, are strictly prohibited by Utah state law.
Along with Hawaii, Utah has some of the strictest anti-gambling legislation in the US. There are no casinos, no pari-mutuel betting at tracks, and no state lottery. In fact, Utah is just one of half a dozen states in the union that doesn’t have a lottery of some kind.
Utah first passed anti-gambling laws in the 1850s, and strengthened its laws in 1875. Some pari-mutuel betting was legalized and regulated in 1925, but the move lasted just two years.
When the DOJ issued a reinterpretation of the Wire Act in 2011, paving the way for individual states to legalize online gambling, Utah moved the other way. Utah lawmakers actually enhanced its anti-gambling laws so that all sports betting online and other internet gaming was made illegal.
In 2018, the US Supreme Court overturned PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act), branding it unconstitutional. The move allowed individual states to bring in their own sports betting legislation.
However, Utah Republican senator Orrin Hatch – who originally sponsored PASPA in 1992 – ended his tenure as senator by helping to bring in a new Criminal Code outlawing gambling. Sen. Hatch was also behind a late move to regulate sports betting on a federal level.
In 2019, Utah sports betting legislation looks unlikely, and there is no appetite for any legal casinos, poker, lottery or pari-mutuel wagering in the state, either.
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