Nebraska Online Sports Betting

Nebraska Gambling laws

Betting options in Nebraska are few-and-far between thanks to a handful of prohibitive gaming laws that restrict most forms of gambling. Land-based casinos are rare, other than a few tribal “casinos” that are only permitted to offer slot machines in their establishments. Casinos with the full range of casino table games and more than just a few slots are prohibited in Nebraska.

Online betting in Nebraska is also restricted. Most forms of online gambling are unavailable in Nebraska, and the only legal forms of online betting in the state are Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). The state lottery, horse racing and charitable gaming options offer the most opportunities for Nebraska to gamble.

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

The state of Nebraska offers a boutique range of legal gaming options including DFS, horse racing, poker (for prizes only, not real money), the state lottery, ‘slots’ casinos and charitable gambling.

Sports & Gambling Type Legal Land-Based Legal Online
Sports Betting No No
Casinos Yes No
Fantasy-Sports (DFS) N/A Yes
eSports No No
Poker Yes (For prizes only, not real money) No
Horse-Racing Yes No
Lottery Yes No
Charitable-Gambling Yes No

Nebraska Sports Betting Tax Rates

Nebraska has a 5% state tax on gambling winnings.

Large gambling wins over $600 in the state of Nebraska may possibly attract an additional Federal Tax.

Contact your tax attorney to assess your potential Federal tax liability if you have a big win in Nebraska.

Sports Betting Age VS Gambling Age in Nebraska

Nebraska adheres to a range of legal gambling ages (i.e. a casino gambling age limit of 21, a state lottery age limit of 19, and 18 years-of-age for all other forms of legal gambling).

Sports & Gambling Type Age
Sports Betting
Casinos 18
DFS 21
Horse-Racing 18
Lottery 19
Charitable-Gambling 18

Betting on Sports in Nebraska

Nebraska does not permit sports betting currently and there is no pending legislation to alter the current stance.

Nebraska’s State Legislators have surprisingly shown little desire to legalize sports betting in the wake of the recent winds of change blowing through US Sports Betting Laws. No bills have ever been introduced and State Governor Pete Ricketts recently reaffirmed the position;

“Sports betting is illegal in Nebraska and we have no plans to change that”, Governor Ricketts said. “For every dollar in tax revenue, you spend three in social services to combat the effects of gambling” he continued.

Currently then, Nebraska has almost no online betting options beyond DFS, not even online horse or greyhound racing. (For a full run down on attempts on fully legalizing DFS in Nebraska please see section below; “Online Fantasy Sports in Nebraska”).

Things rarely change with little warning without a change of government, however, there is no reason to believe change in Nebraska’s sports betting legalization position is currently imminent.

Nebraska Online Sports Betting Laws

In Nebraska, online sports betting is not specifically deemed illegal. However, Nebraska gaming laws do not specifically need to determine a position on sports betting online, as anything not covered off under laws as legal in Nebraska’s Gambling Laws is automatically considered to be illegal.

For example, concerning horse racing gambling in Nebraska, while the state permits tracks to offer race books, this does not carry over to simulcast betting sites, nor are horse racing betting sites licensed in the state of Nebraska.

Daily fantasy sports sites do operate in Nebraska however, the games are not yet expressly legal. The DFS companies claim that they are permitted because the activity is a game of skill. Nebraska’s state attorney general has not released an opinion that contradicts those claims. Meanwhile, online players can play really money DFS competitions in the state without running afoul of Nebraska’s state laws.

Online Fantasy Sports in Nebraska

As it is widely considered to be a contest of skill and unrelated to regular casino games of random chance, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) betting has long been exempt from US federal legislation.

The most conservative states have disallowed fantasy sports, however, in 2017, the state of Nebraska attempted to legislate to formally legalize and regulate fantasy sports with bill LB469 by amending existing law to ensure DFS games are not classified as illegal gambling in Nebraska.

The bill was filibustered in both 2017 and 2018 which only goes to show that Nebraska’s State Legislature has little taste for change in regulating DFS. The unsuccessful Nebraskan Fantasy Contests Act LB469 required all fantasy site operators to pay a registration and renewal fees, to adhere to a regulations and guidelines such as;

  • preventing employees of DFS sites from participating,
  • prohibiting the participation of athletes or other sporting officials who participate in events upon which DFS contests are based,
  • prohibiting anyone under 19 from playing; and
  • segregating players’ funds from operating funds.

These guidelines are already standard in many states where DFS is considered legal, however, Nebraska’s lawmakers remain steadfastly defiant of giving DFS the full legalization green light.

Meanwhile, however, all DFS sites can legally accept players from Nebraska and online players from the Cornhusker State are free to legally participate in DFS until the legalization question has been fully resolved by the State House.

Esports Online Betting Laws

When sports betting becomes an accepted and legalized form of gambling in Nebraska, expect that eSports (widely known as ‘competitive gaming’) will lead the way in for a young generation of Millennial gamblers to become involved with a contemporary form of sports betting that is unashamedly pitched at a young, technologically aware, and technology-literate population.

eSports’ – the fastest growing form of sports betting worldwide

eSports (‘competitive gaming’ in the most popular multi-player online video games like Dota 2, League of Legends, Call of Duty, CS:GO and others) is the fastest growing genre of sports entertainment in the modern world.

The sport has evolved from the one-time underground LAN gaming community to become a mainstream sport. Players worldwide compete in eSports tournaments that are offering prize money in the millions. The enormous growth in the sport has coincided directly with the development in live video streaming technology.

Betting interest in eSports is subject to huge monthly increases and international sportsbooks offer odds on all the big global eSports tournaments, and big money is won and lost on a daily basis.

As soon as there is a legalized sportsbook in Nebraska, expect eSports betting markets to be among the first legal betting lines in the frame.

Horse Racing in Nebraska

Horse Racing Betting in Nebraska is administered by the Nebraska State Racing Commission and they are responsible for approving racing events, animal welfare, simulcasting and licensing of the state racetracks.

Trackside Betting

Nebraska is home to six racetracks and races are usually held throughout summer months, totaling just a few days of racing each year. The rest of the year’s betting activity at the state’s racetracks is dedicated to the simulcasting of live events hosted at other U.S. tracks and international locations.

Off Track Betting (OTB) in Nebraska

OTB betting is not permitted in the state of Nebraska.

Online Horse Racing in Nebraska

Online Horse Racing Betting is not permitted in the state of Nebraska.

Visit our Nebraska online gambling page for more information on the laws in the Cornhusker State

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