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There was a failed attempt in 2020 to push through legislation that would have legalized sports betting in the Peach State. Things should be different in 2021.

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Georgia is expecting to take action soon when it comes to legalize Online Sports betting & Online Casino

Georgia online sports betting

Georgia came close to pushing through a law in 2020 that would have legalized sports betting. However the proposal was introduced too late into the legislative session, with ended without either the House or the Senate approving the bill.

The bill would have opened up one the US' largest markets to sports betting and brought in a significant amount of revenue. The bill was also supported by the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United.

In the end, it looks like politics got in the way, and the proposal was too late in the session for any real agreement to take place.


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FAQs Georgia online betting

Here are your most commonly asked questions regarding online sports betting in Georgia.

⚖️ Is online sports betting legal in Georgia?

No, sports betting is not currently legal in Georgia. A senate proposal which would have legalized sports betting did not pass in 2020. It is likely that the proposal will be brought up for consideration in early 2021.

❓ Are there any sportsbooks in Georgia?

No, there are not legal sportsbooks in the state of Georgia.

⌛ When will online sports betting be legal in Georgia?

We expect that the proposal made in 2020 will be brought up for consideration during the 2021 legislative session. Since the initial proposal was approved by the Senate Special Judiciary Committee as well four sports franchises we suspect that the bill will be passed in 2021.

❓ How can I bet on sports in Georgia?

You cannot currently bet on sports in Georgia. Your best bet (excuse the pun) is to head up to North Carolina where you can bet on sports at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel in Murphy which is located a stone's throw from the border with Georgia. At trip from Atlanta to Murphy should take a little less than 2 hours.

Online Sports Betting in Georgia

It all looked so promising. In June 2020 a Senate Special Judiciary Committee suprised everyone by approving legislation which would allow Georgia's state lottery to offer online sports betting.

The Senate, who had previously been opposed to legalizing any forms of gambling appeared to have been won over by the promise to partially find the state's HOPE scholarship program. The tactic of spending sports betting tax on worthy causes has worked elsewhere, such as Colorado, where sports betting revenue was offered to fund a Water program.

It was Senator Burt Jones who promoted the legislation, saying that regulating and legalizing industry would allow the state to benefit legally from an industry that was already operating in the informal market and worth $1.5 billion in $50 to $60 million in revenue.

In the end, it came as too much, too soon. The sports bill effectively allowed for all forms of sports betting, including mobile and retail as well as casinos and racetracks. Legislators only had a few days to decided and in the end no decision was made and the legislative session ended. We will now have to wait until 2021 for the subject to be raised again. However, considering the amount of support it garnered outside of the political sphere including from the four of Georgia's sports franchises, we expect that it should pass next year.

Sports Betting in Georgia: The situation in short
  • The Supreme Court deems the PASPA act unconstitutional in May 2018.
  • In June 2019 the Senate Special Judiciary Committee approves legislation that would allow the Georgia Lottery to operate online sports betting.
  • HB 903 and SR 841 were amended to replace sports betting.
  • The 2020 legislative session passed without making a decision.

Sports Teams in Georgia

Georgia is home to 10.6 million inhabitants so it comes as no surprise that it is well represented in sports.

Atlanta Falcons are an NFL team based in Atlanta. They have reached two Super Bowl Finals.

Atlanta Braves are one of the oldest MLB teams and based in Atlanta. They have won the World Series on three occasions.

Atlanta Hawks are an NBA team based in Atlanta. As the St.Louis Hawks they reached the NBA finals on four occasions, winning one title.

Atlanta United are an MLS team based in Atlanta. They are only 6 years old but they have already won the MLS Cup in 2018 and the U.S Cup.

These four franchises were part of the Professional Sports Integrity Alliance which backed the proposed legislation to legalize sports betting in 2020.