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Vermont Sports Betting

In 2020, several attempts to legalize sports betting in Vermont were made by pro-gambling legislators. However, none of these garnered the required support to make it to the desk of the state governor.

2021 was a more positive year as Senator Dick Sears and co-sponsors Senator Michael Sirotkin, Senator Christopher Pearson, and Senator Richard Westman filed senate bill  S. 77.

The bill would allow the Vermont Lottery to establish and regulate a sports betting market. The lottery would also be tasked with issuing licenses to six mobile sports operators.

S 77 has since been referred to the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs where it is currently under review. There has been no news of a decision from the committee so far.

Who regulates the Vermont sports betting market?

Vermont law currently only allows DFS contests, lottery games, and charitable gaming. Should S 77 pass, the Virginia Lottery will become the state’s regulator for sports betting.

Which sportsbooks are available in Vermont?

Vermont is one of the few states in the USA that has no commercial or tribal casinos. As such, it is impossible to predict who will enter the sports betting market should legislation be passed. However, with the Virginia Lottery expected to regulate the market, it’s likely that any retail sports betting may be hosted by the lottery’s existing retail agents.

We will update this section if Vermont passes sports betting legislation.

Sports betting apps in Vermont

The proposed sports betting legislation introduced in February 2021 will allow for up to six mobile sports betting operators to enter the market. It’s not yet clear how the application process will work or what will be the determining factors that result in a successful application.

With only six licenses up for grabs, we expect that it will be the industry’s major players that launch in the state.

We will update this section if Vermont passes sports betting legislation.

Daily Fantasy Sports in Vermont

In 2017, Vermont passed legislation that allowed Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) operators to launch in the state.

S 136 was required after former Attorney General William Sorrell‘s office stated that DFS contests were in breach of the state’s gaming laws and therefore operators could be fined.

The bill was quickly introduced and passed without a hitch allowing major operators such as FanDuel, DraftKings, and Yahoo! to enter the market.

What about online poker in Vermont?

With most forms of gambling considered illegal, there is no live or online poker scene in Vermont.

It’s also extremely unlikely that lawmakers will introduce legislation for online casino gaming or poker since there are no commercial or tribal casinos in the state.

However, should sports betting become legal it may open the floodgates for gaming expansion in Vermont.

Vermont sports betting frequently asked questions

  • Is sports betting legal in Vermont?

    No, sports betting is not yet legal in Vermont.

  • When will sports betting be legal in Vermont?

    A sports betting bill is currently under review by a senate committee. If it passes the committee, it will likely be 2022 before the bill makes it to the house of representatives.

  • Are Daily Fantasy Sports contests legal in Vermont?

    Yes, DFS contests are legal in Vermont since 2017.

  • What forms of gambling are available in Vermont?

    The Vermont Lottery, DFS, and charitable gaming are the only gambling option available in Vermont.