Lawmakers in Nebraska had opposed gambling expansion for decades even after voters had indicated their desire to amend the constitution to allow gaming. However, in 2020 the support for casino gambling at state horse tracks was so great that legislators could no longer ignore it.
Although the referendum made no specific mention of sports betting, legislators decided to include it in the casino gaming bill. The bill was passed by both chambers and signed into law by Governor Pete Ricketts.
The bill allows for retail sports betting at the state’s six licensed racetracks.
Who regulates the Nebraska sports betting industry?
The Nebraska Racing & Gaming Commission regulates the sports betting industry and is responsible for the drafting and implementation of rules and regulations for the state’s licensed operators.
Which legal sportsbooks are available in Nebraska?
The Racing & Gaming Commission are currently drafting rules for the industry. As such, the existing racetracks have yet to make any announcements on sports betting partnerships or their intention to launch.
The industry is expected to launch by the end of 2021 or in early 2022.
We will update this page as further announcements are made.
The race tracks that will be allowed to host sportsbooks are located in:
- Grand Island
- South Sioux City
Two new racetracks have been proposed for Bellevue and York.
Nebraska mobile sports betting apps
Nebraska’s casino gaming bills do not allow for mobile gaming of any kind including sports betting. This means that new legislation would be required to allow mobile sports betting operators to launch in the state.
Daily Fantasy Sports in Nebraska
There has been no move to pass legislation for Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) in Nebraska. However, there is nothing in the state’s legal code that explicitly prohibits DFS contests within Nebraska.
While the industry is not regulated, the country’s major DFS operators still allow Nebraskans to register and play on their platforms.
What about online poker in Nebraska?
The introduction of the casino gaming bill will see casino games launch at the state’s racetracks but the state’s lawmakers specified that the bill only allows for retail gaming. This means that mobile casino games of any kind, including poker, are prohibited by law.
Poker has never been a popular game in Nebraska and it would seem unlikely that any specific poker bill would gain the required support to pass into law. However, should the racetracks push for online sports betting options, poker and other casino games may be included.
Nebraska sports betting frequently asked questions
Is sports betting legal in Nebraska?
Yes, sports betting is legal and will launch in the state's racetracks in late 2021 or early 2022.
Is mobile sports betting legal in Nebraska?
No, mobile sports betting is not legal in Nebraska.
What is the legal age for sports betting in Nebraska?
The legal age for sports betting in Nebraska is 21.