Vermont is not a gambling state, but the possibility of legal sports betting offers bettors some hope.
A sports gambling bill was introduced in early 2020 to allow online/mobile sports wagering in the state. Several months later state lawmakers assembled a committee to study sports betting potential revenue, tax and regulation. Sports betting legislation may come up for a vote during the 2021 session. Gambling.com will continue to monitor and update the bill’s progress.
Vermont offers little else in terms of gambling options, with no casinos or poker rooms. The state allows pari-mutuel wagering but has no racetracks. The only other legal gambling options are Daily Fantasy Sports and the Vermont Lottery.
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No form of online gambling is permitted in Vermont with the exception of pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing betting platforms such as TwinSpires and TVG.
A legal alternative for Vermont residents interested in playing online casino games are social casinos such as Chumba and LuckyLand, which are available on their respective websites or as a Facebook-based app. Slots and popular table games are offered for entertainment with no real money changing hands, though players can win real cash and prizes through sweepstakes-style games. Gambling.com’s top online social casinos are listed above.
Online gambling for real money with offshore-based casino websites and offshore sportsbooks is not recommended. Offshore sites are unregulated, offer no consumer protections and should be avoided.
With no commercial or tribal casinos, legalization of online casino gambling is not under consideration in Vermont. Online sports betting is a far more realistic option. In fact, a sports betting bill introduced in 2020 allows for online/mobile sports wagering only, with no retail sportsbook locations.
None. The state has no casinos to offer any form of online gambling. Instead, social casinos provide interactive opportunities for Vermont players to play slots and casino games online for free with the chance to win prizes or cash through sweepstakes-style games.
If online casino gambling ever becomes law in Vermont, mobile casino apps will lead the way, providing bettors with an unprecedented level of convenience. The apps allow bettors to use their smartphone or mobile device to place wagers 24 hours a day, 7 days from week from anywhere inside the state. The apps are easy to use, free to download and compatible with Android or iOS operating systems.
Among the games launched in states which allow online gambling:
Online Slots: Players can compete for real money or play free slots. Thousands of online slot games are available and nearly all of the most popular slot titles at your local casino can be found online, whether they are three-reel, progressive or high limit.
Online Poker: No-limit Texas Hold’em cash games and tournaments are available for a variety of stakes. Omaha and stud games may also be available. Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware share online poker player pools, increasing the number of available players. Other states may eventually join those pools.
Lottery: Vermont participates in a Tri-State Lottery with Maine and New Hampshire, in addition to Powerball and Mega Millions. Currently, Vermont Lottery tickets must be bought at retail locations and cannot be purchased online.
Online Roulette: A random number generator is used in the online version of this popular casino game. A wide variety of online roulette variants are available.
Online Blackjack: Play at your own pace with lower minimum bets and no waiting for a table. Some online blackjack variants allow sidebets.
Live Dealer: Available in select states, live dealer adds a social element to table games such as blackjack and roulette. An actual person deals the game from a studio location, with the action streamed to your computer or mobile device. Players can chat online with the dealer and others at the table.
The most common payment options in states with legalized online gambling:
E-wallets: The most popular are PayPal and Neteller. Accounts are easy to set up and players can quickly transfer funds between their e-wallet and online gambling account for low fees.
Play+/Prepaid cards: Play+ cards can be funded by a credit card or bank account and allow you to move your funds in and out of a casino account easily. Cash can be accessed from the card at ATMs. Prepaid cards are widely accepted and available through a variety of retailers. Most online casino operators also offer their own branded prepaid cards.
Credit cards: Convenient option with deposits often instantaneous. But not all financial institutions process gambling transactions, some charge high fees and withdrawals by credit card are generally not permitted.
Bank/wire transfer: Reliable way to deposit and withdraw funds, with an electronic connection established between your bank and online gambling account. Transactions may take longer to process than other payment methods.
PayNearMe: Cash-only deposit option with no card or bank information required. A barcode scan at participating local retailers (including CVS, Family Dollar and 7-Eleven) transfers the funds to your online account.
One of the advantages of playing online is the selection of bonus offers. Among the most popular:
Welcome bonus: A small bonus is added to your account just for signing up. Also know as a no-deposit bonus.
Deposit match: Make a first deposit and your casino operator will match that amount up to 100%. These bonuses usually include playthrough restrictions that require the bonus money be wagered a specific number times before the funds can be redeemed in full. Be sure to read the terms and conditions.
Free spins, freerolls: Bonus spins for a variety of slot games. Freerolls provide free entry (no buy-in required) into various tournaments.
Loyalty rewards: Accumulate points and credits for your play that can be redeemed for cash or prizes. Generally, the more money you wager, the greater the rewards.
Betting options have historically been limited in Vermont, though there is some hope online legal sports betting could be in the state’s future.
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Terminals offering lottery-style video games are installed in 25 bars across the state. The terminals are removed a year later, ruled to be illegal.
Green Mountain Race Track, the state’s lone pari-mutuel facility, ends live racing. Vermont residents ban greyhound racing three years later.
Vermont Lottery is approved through voter referendum. First ticket is sold the following year.
Pari-mutuel wagering is legalized.
As states across the country move quickly to adopt sports betting, the wheels are in motion for Vermont to at least consider such a move.
A bill introduced in the Vermont Senate in 2020 proposed online-only sports betting. The exclusive online/mobile component is logical because the state has no casinos or racetracks to house any physical sportsbooks, and the vast majority of sports bets are placed online in the states that allow it. In some states, mobile/online betting accounts for more than 90% of all sports wagers.
Bill S213 would not limit the number of online operators in the state and impose a 10% tax on gross sports betting revenues. Though the bill was not a priority during a 2020 legislative session shortened by Covid-19, Vermont lawmakers created a committee to study how best to tax and regulate sports betting and estimate its revenue potential. The study was set to be released no later than Dec. 15, 2020.
It could happen in 2021. Gov. Phil Scott publicly supports sports betting and lawmakers will need to find additional revenue streams to fill budget gaps worsened by the pandemic. In addition, sports betting is already legal in neighboring New Hampshire, a few other New England states and across the border in Canada.
The state’s sports betting study committee is likely to make recommendations that could change or overhaul the bill introduced in 2020. Whatever the new bill looks like, it seems likely sports betting will eventually find a home in Vermont, perhaps sooner rather than later.
In June 2017, Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill that legalized and regulated Daily Fantasy Sports in Vermont. The bill requires that participants be at least 18 years old and contests based on college events are prohibited. All of the major daily fantasy sports operators, including DraftKings and FanDuel, are active in Vermont.
Vermont has no horse tracks offering live pari-mutuel racing. Green Mountain Race Track in Pownal (the southwestern-most town in Vermont) opened in 1963 and operated thoroughbred and harness racing meets until 1976 before switching to greyhound racing, which was discontinued in 1992. The state banned greyhound racing in 1995. The vacant track’s grandstand burned to the ground in 2020.
Though the state has no facilities for wagering, Vermont residents can bet on horse racing through advance deposit wagering platforms such as TVG, TwinSpires and Xpressbet.
A proposed online sports betting bill allows an unlimited number of operators in Vermont. If signed into law, most of the country’s biggest sports betting operators are likely to seek a license, such as BetMGM, Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings, FanDuel and Penn National Gaming.
Vermont bettors will be able to wager on all of the major sports leagues, including the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. Other pro sports offered will include golf, tennis, motorsports, soccer, boxing and mixed martial arts. Wagering will also be available on major college and international sports. Some states ban betting on in-state college teams while others set no such limitations.
Online casino gambling and online sports betting are not permitted in Vermont. The only legal online gambling available is on horse racing through advance deposit wagering platforms.
Bettors must be at least 18 to purchase lottery tickets or participate in pari-mutuel wagering.
None. The state does not permit any form of casino gambling.
Based on the laws in other states, there would be no residency requirement. But bettors would need to be physically located inside Vermont to legally a place a wager. Casino sites and online sportsbooks would use geolocation software to ensure it.
Some offers are from legal online social casinos, which offer a variety of interactive slots and table games with no real money changing hands. They often feature sweepstakes-style games though with prizes. Other offers may be from offshore online casino or sports betting sites, which are unregulated, place your funds and personal information at risk, and are not recommended.
With no casinos, poker rooms or racetracks, the only place to gamble in Vermont is at lottery retailers.
Sports betting is not legal in Vermont. A bill that would legalize online-only sports wagering in the state was introduced in 2020.
State lawmakers will decide. Under a proposed bill, online sports betting would be regulated by the state’s Board of Liquor and Lottery.
Yes, provided the site you are playing at is properly licensed and regulated by the state agency that is charged with ensuring the integrity of Vermont online games and electronic equipment.
All gambling winnings are subject to federal withholding, according to the IRS. Vermont’s state income tax ranges from 3.55 to 8.95 percent, depending on your taxable income level.
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