How Each State Of America Tackles Problem Gambling

Sports wagers are spreading across the country. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) came to an end in May 2018, and as of September 2019 a number of additional states joined. Currently, 13 states have active and legal sports betting markets.

We have taken a look at each state with regard to their own funding under their respective new sports-wagering laws for sports games and/or responsible gaming.

Just this week, the American Gaming Association has published a comprehensive report detailing the responsibility of all commercial casino nations.

Most of the countries that will took up sports gambling in the first eighteen months after PASPA’s death are commercial gaming states. New Mexico and Oregon, presently have tribal-run sports betting.

Many states already have some kind of financing for dependency and/or gambling problems, but a rise in financing under the development of traditional sports betting is weak or non-existent  in some states. Additional financing could come from potential legislation, as U.S. sports betting is still in its development. It is worth stressing that sports betting, thanks in portion to the sector retaining about 6 percent of wagers in the form of winnings, is not a significant income source for states.

Recently, U.S. sports betting handle has crossed the $10 billion mark since the Supreme Court decision, but that’s just a little bit of capacity. According to AGA’s 2017 research committee, there is potential in annual sports betting handle between $237.5 billion and $287.3 billion if all 50 countries legalise and regulate retail and online / mobile with state-of – the-art alternatives.

While States are doing some of the work, there is a lot of responsibility for operators, although state regulations lay down precisely sportsbooks that must work to ensure responsible play.

Here’s a glance at the commercial casino countries that have been legalised since May 2018.


According to the Little Rock NPR in June 2018, a minimum of $200k annually will go to gambling addiction treatment facilities under the 2018 ballot initiative that permitted casinos and sports betting. It does not appear, however, that financing is still included under the casino regulations.


The state was the first to launch single-game sports betting in the aftermath of the 2018 Supreme Court decision. It had parlay wagering prior to the PASPA’s end as a result of being taken over under federal law. No extra financing has been placed in location by the State for the development of sports betting.

District of Columbia Under the Sports Betting Act, the first $200k of tax revenue from sports betting is allocated to the Department of Behavioural Health to avoid, manage and investigate gambling problems.


The huge gambling scheme, SB 690, does not indicate any financing for issue sports gambling, but cash could be assigned from the State Gaming Fund to the Department of Human Services to tackle the issue of gambling affiliated with sports betting. However, the state budget authorised in June included a significant rise in the financing of gambling problems ($6.8 mm, according to ProPublica).


In accordance with HB 1015, adapted gross receipts are taxed at 9.5 percent. From there, 3.33 percent of that tax income is allocated to the Indiana Addiction Services Fund.

Out of 3.33 percent, the law says that 25 percent of the cash must be assigned to the fight against problem gambling.


No extra gambling fund under SF 617. A third of a percentage point of 6.75 percent of sports betting tax rate was discussed in the fight against sport gambling problems.


No funding for gaming problems was added under 2017’s HB 967, the fantasy sports law that paved the way for the state to regulate sports betting in the wake of the PASPA being abolished. Magnolia State casinos charge a 12 per cent price on casino gaming income, including winning sports betting.


Under HB 725, there is no specific financing for issue sports gambling, but the State Lottery Commission is accountable for creating guidelines for’ contribution and involvement in responsible gaming and customer safety operations and programs.’ Montana has not yet began sports betting.


No additional funding under HB 480 that was signed into law in July.


Under New Jersey’s A 4111, there is no proportion of tax revenue from sports betting that extends to the issue of gambling, but some of the licensing cash does.

It charges $100k for an original sports betting permit and a minimum of $100k to renew it. Half of the original charge is set aside for the State Department of Health to tackle gambling problems. As far as the renewal fee is concerned, the proportion that moves towards gambling problems is determined on an annual basis by the Gaming Enforcement Division, which depends on the legislative expenses of sports betting.

New Jersey has different addiction financing for online casino gambling.


There was no new direct state funding for problem sports gambling under the 2013 authorisation of commercial casinos, but the activity is currently confined to upstate casinos. The state could provide funding for problem sports betting under state-wide online / mobile law.


Under HB 271, the state will collect 0.2 percent of the total gross sports wagering revenue for the Compulsive and Problem Gambling Treatment Fund on an annual basis. Another 0.2 percent goes to the Department of Drugs and Alcohol Programs for comparable gambling-related projects.


No additional funding is provided under the authorisation of retail and online / mobile sports betting, but Reuters reported last year that the state said there would be a $25k annual bump due to sports betting.


Under HB 1, the adjusted gross income from sports betting will be subject to a privilege tax of 20 percent. Of the 20 percent, 5 per cent is allocated to the State Department of Mental Health and Drug Abuse

The department must use the cash to supervise the problem / responsible gaming grant programs. The Department is allowed to use money for its administrative expenses, but there is no official requirement under the Sports Betting Act for how much can be used for administrative expenses.

Five cents on the dollar in tax revenue are allocated to combating / preventing gaming problems, which could render Tennessee, which has only legalised online / mobile, the most proactive state to date.


No financing bump under the Sports Betting Act, SB 415.