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2020 proved a disappointing year for sports betting in Kentucky, as a bill to legalize sports betting was blocked at the final stage despite majority support. However, we expect to see the first legal sportsbooks by 2021 in Kentucky.

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

Kentucky Sports Betting

Kentucky, home to the most prestigious horse race in the US, looked all but set to welcome legal online sports betting in 2020. The House bill was approved at the committee level and had strong support in the senate.

However, bipartisan politics eventually got in the way and the bill was never allowed to make it to a vote. The vote had roughly 60% support in the house, so it looks like it is only a matter of time before it eventually gets approved. That will most likely be in 2021.

Sports is popular in Kentucky, although less so than many of its neigbors, so it will be interesting to see how many sportsbooks do launch in the state should it legalize sports betting. Once deciding factor for many of these sportsbooks will be what tax rate the state choses to levy on sports betting revenue.

Betting in KY - what you can and can't do

Bet on sports in-person ❌

Bet on sports online ❌

Register with a sportsbook online ❌

Deposit & withdraw funds with a sportsbook online ❌

Bet on collegiate teams or collegiate games ❌

Bet on high/school sports ❌

FAQS Kentucky online betting

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

🤔 Are there any sportsbooks in Kentucky?

No. Sports betting is not currently legal in the Bluegrass State. We expect to see the first legal sportsbooks arrive in the state in 2021.

⚖️ Is sports betting legal in Kentucky?

No. sports betting is not currently legal in the state. A bill was blocked from going to a vote in the Kentucky Senate in April 2020. The bill had majority support so we expect sports betting to be eventually legalized by 2021.

⌛ When will online sports betting be legal in Kentucky?

We expect that by 2021 the state will have legalized online betting. A vote was blocked in 2020 despite a majority support for the bill which would have allowed sports betting as well as online poker.

❓ How can I bet on sports in Kentucky?

You cannot currently bet on sports in Kentucky. However the state is surrounded by states which do allow online sports betting. It is possible to register with sportsbooks from these states, but you must be within their state’s borders to wager. Here is a list of neigboring state sportsbooks.

Online Sports Betting in Kentucky

Kentucky is currently sandwiched between states that have either legalized sports betting, or are in the process of doing so.

West Virginia and Indiana have both completely opened their market up to online sportsbooks and reaping the benefits in terms of additional state revenue from taxation.

Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and Virginia are all expected to have legal online sports betting in the next couple of years. Tennessee looks like it will go online in September 2020 with a unique mobile-first approach.

Kentucky looked like they were joining the club when a bill that would have legalized sports betting made it all the way through committee level in the Kentucky House, only to be blocked at the Senate level. If it had been allowed to go to a vote it was estimated to go through with 60% support.

Considering the support exists, and the behavior of all their neighbors we cannot see this bill being locked again in 2021.

Sports Betting in KY - the legal situation in short
  • In 2020 the House Bill 137 is approved by the House. The bill would legalize all forms of sports betting.
  • The Bill is blocked in the senate, before it is allowed to go to vote, despite enjoying majority support.
  • The 2020 budget does not include sports betting, which means that sports betting is unlikely to be considered until 2021.
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Sports teams in Kentucky

You cannot discuss sports in the Bluegrass State without starting with the Kentucky Derby, the world-renowned event, with a long and colorful history. The horse race is held annually in Louisville on the first Saturday in May. The race has been run for 144 years and is entrenched in the identity of Kentucky.

With no pro-league sports teams, college basketball and college football are the most popular spectator sports along with horse racing. Kentucky is one of the few states in the US where TV viewing figures are higher for basketball matches than football.