Despite a few reports of Vermont being interested in bringing legal sports betting to the state after the PASPA was overturned, nothing else has really be done on the matter. No legislation has been introduced and no politicians are backing the issue. Off-shore online sportsbooks are the only option in Vermont and will remain so for the foreseeable future. When will online sports betting and gambling be legal in Vermont? Some say in 2020.
While many New England states have expanded and supported a legal gambling industry, Vermont has not. There are no casinos in the state and no sign of this changing anytime soon. Gamblers in Vermont are forced to either travel across state lines to place a wager or must access any of the hundreds of off-shore online sites.
The same goes for all forms of poker in the state. While you can probably play a few hands of Hold’em in your buddy’s garage, you won’t be able to play real money games of poker either online or in-person. Off-shore accounts allow for access in Vermont but this, of course, comes with all the drawbacks those sites bring.
There is a lottery in the state of Vermont but it is a small one. Again, Vermont is no legal gambling haven so having a lottery at all is lucky enough. All the major labels are there such as Mega Millions and Powerball but their lottery offerings are not very diverse.
Since 2017, wagering on fantasy sports and at DFS sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel is perfectly legal in Vermont. In fact, the state has regulated quite nicely for players as the sites are held to a very high standard. Customer protections like this are few and far between in most states but Vermont’s industry puts the customers first.
Although Vermont does have any major tracks up and running in the state, you can wager on horse racing online. Sites such as TVG and TwinSpires operate in the freely in the state without any limitations.