As of July 17, 28 states have not introduced a bill to start the ball rolling on legalizing sports betting.
Three already have full-scale sports betting — Nevada, of course, and New Jersey and Delaware.
Five other states — New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Mississippi — have recently passed gambling bills.
Then there are the rest, who are in the infant stages of getting things started. There are 14 states, including Oklahoma, which have introduced bills which have not yet been passed.
According to a map on ESPN, states along with Oklahoma in this process are California, Kansas, Louisiana, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, Maryland and Connecticut.
On June 5, Delaware passed single-game betting at three casinos in the state. More could be coming in the next few months.
Six days later, New Jersey passed the bill and were taking the first bets on June 14.
As for Oklahoma, a bill was introduced to allow the expansion of the tribal-state compact and include “sports pools.” This expansion would include “wagering on the outcome of one or more competitive games in which athletes participate, or on one or more performances of such athletes in such games where all bets are placed in a common pool or pot from which all player winnings, prizes and direct costs are paid.”
So far, there has been no vote in Oklahoma and it might be quite a while.
Kansas and Missouri are in the same boat as Oklahoma. Neighboring Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico have yet to move.
In Kansas, a proposed law “related to sports gambling” was introduced in January. Kansas held hearings on the matter but never put it to a vote. In Missouri, a bill was introduced that would allow licensed riverboat casinos and daily fantasy companies to expand to include sports betting. The bill did not advance through the committee.