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North Dakota Sports Betting

North Dakota Sports Betting Regulation News

North Dakota does not currently have legalized sports betting, nor does it appear like it is going to be a reality any time soon.

The state introduced two bills during the 2019 legislative session, both of which were aimed at legalizing sports betting, but each were struck down.

Only Indian Reservations can operate casinos in North Dakota; as all forms of gambling are prohibited otherwise, except for charitable gaming, a multi-state lottery and horse/dog racing. With the state only having legislature gather every second year, it won’t be until 2021 at the earliest to see legalized sports betting.

Is sports betting legal in North Dakota?

No. Two bills were introduced to legislature last year, one which would allow full legalized sports betting and one just for professional sports. But both failed to gain any traction, with HB1254 passing through the House, but falling in a landslide 38-7 vote in the Senate.

Where can I bet at North Dakota sportsbooks?

Apart from casinos on Native American reservations, North Dakota does not allow gambling, save for charitable gaming, horse/dog racing and a multi-state lottery. Sports betting falls under that category, so there are no available sportsbooks in the state.

DFS games, however, are permissible in North Dakota, with all the major platforms available.

What about mobile sports betting apps in North Dakota?


What is the legal sports betting age in North Dakota?

Currently, you must be 18 years old to purchase a lottery ticket in North Dakota, and 21 years old to enter a casino or place bets on horse/dog racing.

Who is allowed to offer North Dakota sports betting?

Sports betting is currently not offered in North Dakota, but when the time comes that sports betting is legalized, it’s a safe bet to assume it will be operated out of the state’s casinos, all of which are operated on Native American reservations.

The failed HB1254, however, had proposed that legalized sports betting would be offered through any of the state’s current charitable gaming organizations, so there are options for how North Dakota would approach offering legalized sports betting.

Who regulates or licenses North Dakota sports betting?

As proposed in House Bill 1254, organizations wishing to offer legalized sports betting would have to apply through the state attorney general; the current process for applying for any gaming license.

There was no explicit mention on if sports betting would be regulated by the attorney general or if another body would take that responsibility/be created to do so.

What sports will be favorites of North Dakota sports bettors?

College fans would love to be able to place wagers on their hometown schools, the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks and North Dakota State University Bison. North Dakota does not have any professional sports teams of its own, but neighboring Minnesota does: the NFL’s Vikings, NBA’s Timberwolves, MLB’s Twins and the Wild in the NHL.