Is Online Gambling Legal in Tennessee?

is online gambling legal in tennessee

Tennessee residents without land-based casinos have few choices when it comes to online gambling; their only choices being social casinos, sweepstakes and lottery games. Although real money gambling is prohibited within Tennessee’s borders, many still enjoy using these websites without risking any of their own funds.

Tennessee was long considered one of the least pro-gambling states, yet since PASPA was overturned it has become easier for Tennessee to offer more forms of online gambling. Although Governor Bill Lee has made his opposition known, his term will end in 2022 and likely then the issue will come up for discussion again.

Do online gambling operations exist in Tennessee? Unfortunately not. Tennessee law identifies gambling as any activity where anything of value may be risked for profit that depends on chance. As part of their gambling regulations, Tennessee does not permit commercial casinos within its borders; however federally recognized Native American tribes could potentially seek compacts with the state to establish casinos within their reservations – no tribe has taken this approach yet and no commercial casinos are present within Tennessee’s borders.

Tennessee does provide its residents with an option for wagering on professional and collegiate sports through online sportsbooks regulated by FanDuel and DraftKings; both must abide by stringent state regulations regarding player safety, data privacy and responsible gaming practices as well as offering various betting options such as moneyline bets, point spread bets, total bets and parlay bets before accepting wagers from players located within its borders.

Residents of Maryland can wager on horse races using online racebooks such as TVG and TwinSpires, play daily fantasy sports, and participate in charitable raffles as soon as they turn 18. All these activities may technically be legal but should still be seen as gambling as they involve risking money in exchange for rewards.

Whenever someone wins at betting, their winnings are subject to a 20% tax by the state and used to fund education, local programs and problem gambling initiatives. Online sportsbooks in Tennessee are overseen by the Sports Wagering Advisory Council while any possible casinos would likely also fall under its jurisdiction.