Sports betting has yet to be legalized in Georgia despite the best efforts of lawmakers to pass legislation.
Early 2021 saw the sports betting bills HB 86 and SB 142 introduced. If enacted, these bills would have allowed the state’s professional sports franchises to partner with sports betting operators. The bills would have seen a minimum of six sportsbooks launch within the state.
While SB 142 was passed by the Senate, it failed to gain the required support in the House chamber.
Although these bills ultimately failed, another similar bill HB 93 looked promising but was voted down by house representatives.
There’s a chance that SB 142 could be reintroduced in the 2022 legislative session or lawmakers could also put the question of sports betting to the electorate during the 2022 elections in November.
Who regulates the Georgia sports betting industry?
Although Georgia currently has no sports betting industry or commercial casinos, it does have a state lottery. The Georgia Lottery Corporation would be a prime candidate to regulate the sports betting industry as proposed in the two bills introduced in early 2021.
Which sportsbooks will be available in Georgia
With no commercial casinos in the state, there are no major gambling operators that currently have a presence in the Georgia market making it difficult to predict who will be Georgia’s major sports betting providers.
If SB 142 were to pass, the state’s professional sports teams would Georgia’s sports betting license holders, but we have yet to hear any news of partnerships with betting operators.
Four of the state’s professional sports franchises have formed the Georgia Professional Sports Integrity Alliance (GPSIA)
in an attempt to promote the benefits of sports wagering in the state.
These teams are:
- Atlanta Braves
- Atlanta Falcons
- Atlanta Hawks
- Atlanta United
Sports betting apps in Georgia
The proposed legislation allows for mobile sports betting skins for each of the professional franchises awarded a sports betting license. These franchises will then be allowed to partner with sports betting operators or technology providers to launch mobile betting apps.
We will update this section when legislation is passed and news of any operator partnerships are announced.
Daily Fantasy Sports in Georgia
Playing Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) contests in Georgia are a grey area as they are considered a game of skill. However, gambling is illegal in Georgia. The state’s lawmakers have made several attempts to pass DFS legislation in the past, but all efforts have failed.
With no clear legislative opinion on the actual legality of DFS contests, the industry’s major operators all currently accept players from Georgia. In fact, the Atlanta Falcons have even signed a major deal with DFS operator PrizePicks despite the industry being unregulated in the state.
What about online poker in Georgia?
With no commercial casinos or live poker rooms in the state, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see any moves to regulate online poker in Georgia any time in the near future. For that to happen we would need to see a change in the state constitution that would legalize gambling.
Georgia sports betting frequently asked questions
Is sports betting legal in Georgia?
No, sports betting is not yet legal although this could change in the 2022 legislative session.
When will we see sports betting in Georgia?
With new legislation required and a potential ballot measure on the 2022 election, sports betting won't be coming to Georgia until 2023 at the earliest.
What about other forms of gambling in Georgia?
DFS operators allow players from Georgia to register on their platforms while there are also the state lottery, raffles, and bingo.
Are DFS contests legal in Georgia?
Not quite. This is a grey area as the state has chosen to largely ignore DFS operators who serve the state.