North Dakota Online Sports Betting

North Dakota Sports Betting Laws

North Dakota is one of those midwestern states where you might not expect much of a gambling presence, with less than 800,000 residents, a frigid climate, few visitors and a decentralized population.

However, the Roughrider State has defied expectations to become a gambling hub with almost 30 legal gaming establishments. Other than sports betting, online poker or online casinos, the state also permits most forms of online gaming including a superb online state lottery.

Most of North Dakota’s gaming action centers on the 6 tribal casinos and more than 20 charitable gaming establishments. Bars and restaurants can also offer the state’s residents video lottery games.

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

North Dakota offers its visitors and residents a healthy Tribal Casino industry, DFS competitions, live and social poker, horse racing betting (both at the track, off-track and online) 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 No
Horse-Racing Yes Yes
Lottery Yes No
Charitable-Gambling Yes No

North Dakota Sports Betting Tax Rates

North Dakota applies a 5.54% state tax on gambling winnings.

Large gambling wins over $600 in the state of North Dakota 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 North Dakota.

Sports betting Age VS Gambling Age in North Dakota

No Age Limit applies to North Dakota’s charitable gaming, whilst at the upper end of the spectrum, the state’s tribal casinos apply a 21-years-of-age limit. All other forms of legal gaming apply an age limit of 18. Horse racing bettors wanting to bet at the state’s extensive off-tracking network (OTBs) are required at least 21-years-of-age.

Sports & Gambling Type Age
Sports Betting
DFS 18
Casinos 21
Horse-Racing 18 Track & Online
21 OTB
Lottery 18
Charitable-Gambling No Age Limit

Betting on Sports in North Dakota

At the current time, North Dakota has no other legal sports betting options beyond the options of DFS, and horse and greyhound racing.

To this point in time, you are unable to place a bet in North Dakota on your favourite teams like the Detroit Tigers, the Green Bay Packers or the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Criminal Code of North Dakota on Gambling doesn’t look kindly upon those indulging themselves in illegal sports betting, and the official definition of gambling in North Dakota is wide enough to include betting on sports.

As no bills on sports betting legislation have made it to the State Legislature, North Dakota is unlikely to introduce legislation to legalize sports betting within the next few months, but times are changing rapidly.

Given the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the national ban on sports betting, things could change quickly in North Dakota given its relatively easy-going laws on other forms of gambling. We will let you know if the situation begins to change.

North Dakota Online Sports Betting Laws

Online sports betting currently sits outside online gambling laws in North Dakota, (i.e. North Dakota does not currently specify nor authorize, regulate, or even prohibit sports betting online).

However, there are historic precedents to North Dakota attempting to become one of the states in which gambling online is not only accepted but legislated as 100% legal.

Back in 2005, State House Representative James Kasper introduced HCR 3035 in an attempt to have North Dakota become the first state in the US to legalize online poker and internet gambling in general. Eventually, the bill was defeated in North Dakota’s State House, however, given that the bill progressed as far as it did offers good signs that North Dakota lawmakers whilst not yet embracing the change at least are open-minded enough to consider transformations in the state’s codes.

Online players looking for online betting options in North Dakota can legally play real money DFS competitions in the state, the state’s online lottery, and gamble online on horse and greyhound racing without running afoul of the state gambling statutes.

Online Fantasy Sports in North Dakota

Federal lawmakers in the United States are of the opinion that Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) competitions are not considered to be gambling, as under Federal Law they are deemed to be skills-based games, not games of chance. Accordingly, each state has been encouraged by Federal lawmakers to declare their own position on the legality of DFS competitions.

The North Dakota State Attorney General and legislature have not been in any rush to address the issue. For now, residents of North Dakota can continue to play DFS contests without any form of legal impediments.

Esports Online Betting Laws

Soon, when North Dakota’s residents enter the fray of legal sports betting, betting on eSports in the state will transform the available gambling options. As one of a new generation of ‘family-friendly’ forms of sports betting, eSports betting will grow quickly as a ‘clean’ type of gambling unscathed by a murky legal history.

Why eSports are growing so quickly now

eSports (otherwise known as ‘competitive gaming’ in popular multi-player online video games like Call of Duty, Street Fighter, Rocket League, Mortal Kombat and others) are the biggest growth area in sports betting worldwide.

A huge gambling scene has grown up around eSports. From its early history in the underground-LAN-gaming-community, mainstream sports respectability has evolved. Professional teams and players compete in a worldwide series of tournaments that offer enormous prize pools worth millions of dollars, and attract huge live crowds and millions of online viewers.

International sportsbooks now offer competitive betting markets and attractive odds on the major network of global eSports tournaments.

Expect eSports betting markets to be among the first legal betting markets framed by the bookies and available soon in your favorite legal North Dakota sportsbook.

Horse Racing in North Dakota

The Horse Racing Industry in North Dakota is administered by the North Dakota Racing Commission and the body is responsible for approving racing events, animal welfare, simulcasting and management and licensing of the state racetracks.

Trackside Betting

North Dakota is home to a sole racetrack, which is odd considering the openness of the Tribal Casino and Charity Casinos.

An unsuccessful bill (SB 2221) to extend horse racing and ‘racinos’ with slot machines was defeated as recently as April 2017. However, the vote was close (only one vote the difference) and shows that the North Dakota State House has an appetite for gambling change.

Off Track Betting (OTB) in North Dakota

OTB betting is offered at a wide and well-established network of multiple OTB locations through the state of North Dakota.

Online Horse Racing in North Dakota

Horse Racing Betting online is available to residents of North Dakota. All of the racebooks are user-friendly, offering online betting direct from your phone, tablet, other mobile device or home computer. Available to North Dakotans over the age of 18, online horse racing betting sites offer attractive odds on thoroughbred racing in the U.S. and major horse racing meetings worldwide.

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