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|🔍 Current Georgia Sports Wagering Status:||Not Legal|
|📅 Georgia Online Sports Betting Launch:||TBD (Possibly 2023)|
|🌎 Pre-Live Georgia Betting Offers:||TBD|
|📱 Betting Options / Types of Wagering:||Pre-event, in-play wagers, and props|
|🏀 Sports Wagering to be Offered:||Mobile sports betting / online (probably no retail sportsbooks)|
|🏆 Expected Georgia Betting Apps:||> DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, Fox Bet, Caesars Sports|
|🏈 Legal Georgia Sports you can bet on:||TBD|
|🔞 Legal Sports Betting Age in Georgia:||21 and over|
|🚩 No. of licences to be issued:||TBD|
There was interest in legalizing the online betting industry at the start of 2021, but time restraints meant SB 142 never made it through the House. However, we know that Rep. Ron Stephens will continue to push for regulation in 2022, which means we could see a law passed in the coming months.
When will online sports betting be available in Georgia? There is no clear answer right now, but all the information we have suggests that regulations could pass in 2022. If this happens, the first Georgia bookmakers will probably go live in 2023.
Georgia’s first attempts to legalize sports betting came in 2020. With neighboring Tennessee passing a sports betting bill in 2019, it looked as though lawmakers were going to push through legislation at speed. However, due to delays caused by COVID-19, nothing happened. It was a similar story in 2021, which means Georgia is unlikely to pass any sports betting legislation until 2022/2023 at the earliest.
SB 403 was the first sports betting bill in Georgia. It was submitted to the Senate in February 2020 and took inspiration from what Tennessee’s lawmakers had passed. Although it didn’t progress past a committee vote, it proposed a 10% tax rate and $900,000 licensing fee for online sportsbooks.
Rep. Ron Stephens also pushed to regulate sports betting in Georgia. His bill, HB 378, would have allowed the people of Georgia to vote on amending existing laws. Stephens contended that Georgia residents should have the right to approve amendments that would make general sports betting, horse racing betting, and casinos legal in Georgia. Unfortunately, others didn’t support his view.
Georgia lawmakers in favor of betting received support from the state’s largest sports franchises in 2021. Coming together as the Georgia Professional Sports Integrity Alliance, the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks, and Atlanta United, called for wagering to be regulated.
This was great news for those in favor of GA sports betting. However, it wasn’t enough to move the needle. Rep. Stephens, along with Rep. Alan Powell, were championing sports betting bill SB 142 for much of 2021. This sports betting legislation passed through the Georgia Senate but not the House due, in part, to time restrictions.
The good news, however, is that SB 142 did find some support among Georgia lawmakers. Moreover, it will be reintroduced in 2022. Assuming it makes it through the Senate and the House, voters will get to decide if it becomes law. How long this will take is unclear. The chances are that this Georgia sports betting bill might become law in 2022, which would mean legal sportsbooks probably won’t launch until 2023.
Georgia isn’t a gambling state. Sports betting is yet to be legalized and there aren’t any casinos. There were efforts to license two land-based casinos in 2017, but they didn’t even make it out of the gate. It’s a similar story with Daily Fantasy Sports and horse racing.
There are Fantasy Sports sites operating in the state, but it’s an unregulated (grey) market. Horse racing is also legal, but there are no tracks and pari-mutuel wagering is outlawed. Therefore, as it stands, the options for Georgia residents are limited.
It’s not possible to bet on sports in Georgia at the moment. However, if a sports betting legislation passes in 2022, this will change. Based on the fact that Georgia doesn’t have any land-based casinos, all bets will (probably) be made via desktop and mobile sports betting apps.
Previous sports betting bills have sought to tax operators 10% of their profits and charge a $900,000 licensing fee. These may not be the rates Georgia lawmakers settle on, but they’re likely to be somewhere around these figures.
In terms of revenue potential, GA sports betting operators can look to the Volunteer State for inspiration. The Tennessee monthly sports betting handle is over $300 million. That equates to a monthly revenue of more than $20 million.
Sports betting hasn’t been legalized in Georgia, but the hope is that laws will pass in 2022. If this happens, you’ll be able to bet on football, baseball, and more in 2023.
Retail sportsbooks are unlikely in Georgia simply because there are no land-based GA casinos or racetracks. Therefore, if the likes of DraftKings go live in the state, they’ll be the lone entities that only offer online betting.
OK, so we’re looking forward to online sports betting in Georgia. We’re not sure exactly when the first apps will launch, but we’re confident one or more of these brands will go live once the market opens up:
This fantasy sports company has been making moves on the betting scene since 2018. With the help of experienced bookmakers via Flutter Entertainment, it’s created a well-rounded platform. As well as a $1,000 risk-free bet for new customers, FanDuel Sportsbook offers odds on over 15 sports, boosts, parlay insurance, live streams, and a lot more.
DraftKings Sportsbook is another fantasy sports brand that’s transitioned to betting in recent years. Like FanDuel Sportsbook, DraftKings has a welcome bonus worth up to $1,000. It also offers pre-event and live betting on 18 different sports, including football, basketball, soccer, and rugby. DraftKings Sportsbook also has a rewards scheme known as Dynasty, pool betting, and much more.
Fox Bet online sportsbook offers new customers can get a risk-free bet up to $500, but there’s much more besides. Fox Bet has free picking contests where the winners get cash prizes. It also has tons of media content and tips from sports broadcasters.
BetMGM online sportsbook is strong in all areas. It gives newbies up to $1,000 in free bets. It offers secure software and safe deposit methods. It has tons of promotions and covers more sports than almost any other operator. Finally, it offers live streams and statistics. Basically, whichever angle you come at it from, BetMGM is a leading US sports betting operator.
Caesars Sports is using its experience in gaming to offer a high-quality online betting service. Its welcome bonus is worth over $1,000 and you can make hundreds of bets per day. One of its strongest assets is Caesars Rewards. This loyalty scheme is a great way to get free bets, comps, and exclusive gifts when you’re an active sports bettor.
Looking forward to legalized online sports wagering in Georgia? Here’s what you could expect to see at the first mobile betting platforms:
Every popular sport in Georgia will be covered by the state’s betting sites. That means you’ll find betting lines and offers for football, baseball, soccer, basketball, hockey, and many more GA sports favorites.
All online sportsbooks in Georgia will be competing for your custom. That means they’ll be constantly monitoring each other’s stats to ensure they offer competitive lines, as well as odds boosts.
Simplicity is the foundation of any top-rated online sportsbook app. Georgia’s licensed betting operators will ensure you can place bets in just a few taps via your desktop computer or mobile.
Georgia sports betting sites will aim to give you as much added value as possible. As well as welcome sportsbook bonuses for new bettors, the online operators should offer free bets, loyalty rewards, parlay insurance, and risk-free bets.
Every sportsbook that’s legal in Georgia will have to offer help and support. In fact, it will be a regulatory requirement. Therefore, you’ll be able to contact a member of the customer service team via email, phone, and/or live chat.
Sports betting is a real-money activity. Therefore, Georgia’s regulated sportsbooks have to offer secure, efficient ways for you to pay. This means letting you choose from a variety of reputable betting payment methods, such as Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal.
Live streaming is a nice added extra that some sportsbooks offer, and some don’t. The good news is that brands such as BetMGM do offer live streams. Therefore, once efforts to legalize sports betting in Georgia are successful, you’ll be able to watch live events, including NFL and NBA games, for free via your computer and mobile.
The market will be littered with options when lawmakers make betting legal in Georgia. Indeed, we’ve already previewed a few brands that could make their mark in the state. All of them are fantastic, but you may prefer one over another.
The best way to learn and, in turn, compare apps, is to read our Georgia online sportsbook reviews. These guides cover an operator’s bonuses, software, betting options, customer service and more. Once you’ve got all the relevant information, you can compare our recommended online sportsbooks and join the ones that take your fancy.
Yes, there will probably be some pre-live bonuses. We can’t say which operators will offer them or what they’ll be. However, we’ve seen early-registration offers from the LA sportsbooks. Therefore, we expect to see some similar deals when legal sports betting comes to Georgia.
Big events always get some love from the oddsmakers. Therefore, if the Atlanta Hawks, the Georgia Bulldogs, or Georgia Southern Eagles et al are in action, there will be extra odds and offers available.
There are certain online sportsbooks that have loyalty schemes. Although they’re more common in the casino world, the likes of BetMGM and DraftKings do give sports bettors points when they make real-money bets. These points can be exchanged for free bets, exclusive gifts, and special bonuses.
Online sportsbooks will welcome new customers with open arms. From what we know about betting sites in other states, you can expect to see deals containing free bets, deposit matches, risk-free bets, and more.
Sports bettors in Georgia will be well catered for. All of the world’s top sports will be covered. This means you’ll get betting lines for the Atlanta Braves, the New England Patriots, Manchester City, and many more sporting greats. It’s also likely that you’ll be able to bet on college football teams in Georgia state.
Some of the sports Georgia bettors can look forward to are:
You’ll have plenty of ways to place wagers when online sportsbooks go live. The average minimum bet will be $0.01, and bookies will allow you to be as general or specific as you like. As well as pre-event bets, you’ll also be able to make live wagers while an event is in progress.
Some of the main wager types you’ll find online are:
Georgia is an unregulated Daily Fantasy Sports market. This means it’s neither legal nor illegal. Based on this fact, the likes of FanDuel DFS betting is available in the state. You won’t be breaking the law by using them, but it’s worth remembering that they are unregulated.
Pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing is illegal in Georgia. However, this could change if sports betting becomes legal in Georgia.
Georgia sports teams are present in every major US league. From football to lacrosse, the state is well represented. That’s great news for sports bettors because it means there will be plenty of local interest. We can’t go through all 19 pro and college teams. However, we can highlight three that are worth looking out for.
The Braves’ history stretches back to 1871. However, it wasn’t until 1966 that the franchise landed in Atlanta. They dominated the division throughout the nineties and into the noughties. This run included a third World Series title in 1995. The Atlanta Braves added a fourth World Series in 2021 with a win 4-2 series win over the Houston Astros.
Georgia is a football state and the Falcons fly higher than the rest. Although they’ve never won the Super Bowl (as of 2021), they have reached two finals, including a heartbreaking overtime loss to the New England Patriots in 2017.
The Bulldogs are one of the top college sports teams in Georgia. Repping the University of Georgia, the Bulldogs are a football team that’s been barking since 1892. As well as 11 divisional titles (as of 2021), this team made the 2017 national final.
We’re all waiting for online sports betting to launch in Georgia, but there’s no value in using offshore sites. These operators aren’t always regulated and, moreover, they’re not legal in Georgia. That’s the main reason not to use them. However, if you need a bit more convincing, here are a few reasons why you should always choose licensed online sports betting apps:
To find the latest MLB betting lines, NBA odds, and a whole lot more, follow the steps below:
Note: you’ll need to be 21 or older and located within the state.
Georgia will almost certainly mirror what’s on offer in Tennessee. Not only is that the closest US sports betting state, but the market is also thriving. This means you’ll need to be 21 or older and located in the state to use local sportsbooks.
Additionally, all betting is likely to take place online and there won’t be any major restrictions with regards to pro and college sports betting. The only notable restriction might be that you can’t make live prop bets on college teams as this is something you can’t do in Tennessee.
Sports betting might not be legal in GA right now, but it is in other US states. Indeed, if you’re traveling across the US and looking for some sporting action, here are the states that offer legal betting:
*Tribal casinos in North Carolina and New Mexico also offer sports betting, but there aren’t any state-wide regulations in place.
Sports betting should be fun. In fact, there’s a saying in the UK that goes like this: when the fun stops, stop. If you ever feel as though things are getting out of control, you can use a variety of responsible gambling tools. These tools are:
Not yet, but there are efforts to legalize sports betting that could be successful in 2022.
There aren't any mobile sports betting apps in Georgia at the moment, but there could be some in 2023.
No, but you can use FanDuel's Daily Fantasy Sports app in Georgia.
DraftKings Fantasy Sports app is available in Georgia, but it doesn't offer traditional sports betting.
No, not right now. However, once Georgia passes state-wide sports betting laws, you will be able to bet in Atlanta as well as everywhere else in the state.
No, not in 2021. However, there is hope that a sports betting bill will pass in 2022.
Gambling isn't legal in Georgia, which means the state will need to create a regulatory body to oversee sports betting.
The legal betting age in Georgia will almost certainly mirror the rest of the US. That means you'll need to be 21 or older to bet on sport.
No, not at the moment. Georgia doesn't have any land-based casinos, so sports betting is likely to be an online affair.
Yes, DraftKings and FanDuel are available in Georgia. However, it's worth noting that it's not a regulated market.
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