- Fat chance of any betting becoming legal.
- But you can play via an offshore online sportsbook site
Utah is bereft of any form of gambling. There are no casinos, slot machines, VLT, state lottery, sports betting, or charitable games.
Utah Online Sports Betting
Unbeknownst to many, online sports betting has been occurring for many years.
Utah sports betting turnover for 2019 was $0.5 million, wagered via online sport betting sites. These online sport betting sites are offshore and are open to accepting US players.
Is this illegal?
It is a gray area. The current state laws do not clearly articulate whether gambling offshore online is illegal or not. Therefore, you will find many online sports books (and online casinos) accepting US players from states that have ambiguous gambling laws – Utah is one of those states.
Is it dangerous?
There are two aspects to this question.
Firstly, will you get caught or fined?
I highly doubt it. Till this day, there has been no precedence of anyone being charged with breaking the law for playing at offshore online sports betting books or offshore online casinos.
Secondly, are offshore sports betting books trustworthy and reliable?
Very much so. They have been operating in the market for many years and sports betting is a clear cut outcome (when compared to online casino games). It’s therefore extremely difficult to argue that an outcome of a sports bet is wrong.
How can I find an online Sports Book?
The most popular offshore sports book is Bovada. It is the largest and has a long standing history of operating a sports book for US citizens.
Do NOT place a bet at an unlicensed sports book operating offshore. Unlicensed sportsbooks may not be reliable. Although they may offer great Welcome Bonuses, their promise to pay any winnings may be empty. Keep with the trusted, big brand names.
How can I place a Sports Bet onshore?
It is illegal to run a sports book or place a sports bet within the borders of Hawaii. Other than placing a sports bet at an offshore online sports book the only other option is to travel interstate where sports betting has been legalized.
Popular Utah Sport Bets
- NFL – Utah has no NFL teams.
- NBA – Utah has one NBA basketball team, the Utah Jazz.
- MLB – Utah has no Major League Baseball teams.
- NHL – Utah has no NHL ice hockey teams.