Georgia

Georgia is one of the strictest states in the union when it comes to online betting and gambling overall. State laws ban almost all forms of gambling and any real money game involving cards, although there are some legal poker leagues open for play in the Peach State. Otherwise, there is not a single land-based casino (although cruise casino options exist) or horse or greyhound track in the entire state.

The only legal options for betting online in Georgia are Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and the state’s superb State Lottery, however with the winds of change blowing rapidly across the United States, unexpected changes could occur.

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

The Peach State while tough on most forms of gambling offers up some interesting legal options including DFS for sports bettors, poker leagues, charitable gambling and a great land-based and online lottery.

Gambling Type
Legal Land-Based
Legal Online
Sports Betting
No
No
Casinos
No
No
Fantasy Sports (DFS)
N/A
Yes
eSports
No
No
Poker
Yes
No
Horse Racing
No
No
Lottery
Yes
Yes
Charitable Gambling
Yes
No

Georgia Sports Betting Tax Rates

Georgia has a 6% state tax rate on gambling winnings.

Large gambling wins in Florida over $1200 may be subject to an additional Federal Tax.

We recommend contacting your tax attorney for full details if you have a big win.

Sports betting Age VS Gambling Age in Georgia

While the legal gambling options are limited in Georgia, the minimum gambling ages are quite liberal with 18 years-of-age being the minimum across all forms of legal gambling.

Gambling Type
Age
Sports Betting
N/A
DFS
18
Casinos
18 (Cruise Casinos)
Horse Racing
N/A
Lottery
18
Charitable Gambling
18

Betting on Sports in Georgia

Sports betting along with many types of betting is prohibited in Georgia and it is quite unlikely that will change soon. Gambling proponents have long been arguing in favor of extending legal gambling to include sports betting in Georgia, however, the state is firmly under the control of a strong anti-gambling State Legislature. Lawmakers have had zero luck expanding some of the more common and more conventionally accepted types of gambling, let-alone controversial sports betting.

We will advise you of changes in Georgia’s stance towards sports betting as details come to hand, while other states take legalization onboard.

Georgia Online Sports Betting Laws

In May 2018, New Jersey won its challenge to the Federal Government ban on sports betting in the USA. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the law to end the federal prohibition of sports betting.

However, lawmakers in Georgia see things somewhat differently and the answers to the questions ‘is sports betting legal in Georgia?’ and ‘is online sports betting legal in Georgia?’ are both overwhelmingly strong “No’s”.

It seems the stereotype of southern hospitality doesn’t extend through to sports bettors in Georgia.

Online Fantasy Sports in Georgia

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) are not covered by any Federal gambling bans, and as such (at the Federal level of government), DFS is not considered to be gambling; it is a game of skill, not a game determined by random chance.

In-the-past, Georgia has attempted to pass legislation that would have regulated and taxed DFS sites that operate in the state and accept players from the state of Georgia. The Bill HB 118 most recently made it through the State House of Georgia and made it as far as to the Senate, however, failed to get the required votes to pass into law before the legislature session adjourned. Ironically, if HB 118 had become law in Georgia, it would have implemented a variety of regulations designed for increased player security and keep customers safe from data mining.

For the time being, until a law passes to regulate DFS sites in Georgia, all the major DFS companies are accepting players from Georgia to participate in their real money DFS competitions and those players can legally keep any winnings that they might accumulate in DFS play.

eSports Online Betting Laws

Once the matter of legal sports betting has been adopted by a reluctant Georgia State Legislature, at that time, eSports betting will then assist players in the Peach State to win in exciting new ways without having to jump onboard a cruise ship casino to do so. It can be seen then that legalized eSports betting in Georgia will add diverse betting opportunities for the state’s residents and visitors

What are eSports?

eSports (video game play at its highest level, now turned professional) has given rise to competitive gaming betting and gambling.

eSports can trace its ancestral roots back to groups of friends hosting LAN parties and playing video games into the wee small hours of the night. However, today, it has become a full-fledged industry, an official network of professional gaming tournaments and leagues playing games like Dota 2, Overwatch and Fortnite.

The annual eSports market is currently valued at almost $1 billion per annum, and that number will only grow in the coming years. With every passing tournament, the prizes get richer and the viewership increases.

Of course, where there is money to be made, sports-bettors will surely follow.

Global Betting on eSports is growing rapidly each year, with an ever-increasing number of sportsbooks offering international betting markets across all the major eSports tournaments worldwide.

Rather than creating an underground economy, betting on eSports may well potentially assist in easing the sports betting legalization process in Georgia and help in adding to the state’s tax revenues to pay for improved citizen services and infrastructure projects.

Horse Racing in Georgia

Horse Racing Betting is unavailable for residents of, and visitors to the state of Georgia. While surrounding states legalized both horse and greyhound racing long ago, Georgia’s lawmakers stood-firm and continued their stanch-stance against horse racing.

In 2012, House Resolution Bill 1 was introduced to Georgia’s State Legislature to rally for the legalization of Horse Racing. Things even progressed as far as House Resolution Bill 4 to debate how the state’s fledgling racing industry would be run, but all attempts to pass the legislation stalled in the house.

Trackside Betting

There are no Horse Racing tracks in the State of Georgia.

Off Track Betting (OTB) in Georgia

There are no OTB facilities in the State of Georgia.

Online Horse Racing in Georgia

Residents of Georgia and visitors to the Peach State do not have access to Online Betting on Horse Racing. See above section on ‘Georgia Online Sports Betting Laws’ for further details.

Visit our gambling in Georgia page for more information on the best online casinos in Georgia

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