Utah Sports Betting Laws
One of the most anti-gambling states in the nation, the banning of all forms of gambling is only equal in Hawaii. Utah does not permit a lottery, casinos (tribal or commercial), bingo, horse racing, or sports betting. Their list of gambling rules can be found in Utah Code Title 76 Chapter 10 which extend from banning betting on sports with your friends in private to banning internet gambling across the web. With such a restrictive book or rules, it may seem impossible to find any loophole or suggestion that sports betting is ok.
And unfortunately, it is. Utah residents are still taking the chance and using these sportsbooks, even though there are laws against it. It is unlikely that officials will bust down your door for attempting to place a wager; however, we cannot give you that 100% guarantee. The crime is only listed as a misdemeanor, punishable by a small fine and/or a few days in jail and residents seem willing to take their chances. I guess it’s just another way of playing the odds.
The Legality Of Sports Betting In Utah
Utah is one of the few states that have not introduced any legislation to even discuss the entry of sports betting in their state. The entire area around Utah, minus Arizona and Nevada, are in the same boat and are simply refusing to even open the debate. In Utah’s case, it is assumed that even with a sports betting bill, the state would be quick to reject the actions.
We could even see a bill in Utah similar to a 2019 house bill from New Mexico. The state to the southeast presented a measure that would block their lottery from promoting or offering sports betting services. Utah would not need to implement a bill like this since the state has already defined sports betting as illegal, something New Mexico’s Code did not, but we could still see more measures to further reject the ability to bet on sports.
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Legal Age To Bet On Sports In Utah
Since there are no regulations to define a gambling age, there is technically no minimum age to begin gambling in the state of Utah. This is solely connected with the fact that there are no licensed betting facilities in the state; however, offshore betting sites will accept users at age 18. While we do not recommend breaking the law, we will suggest that this alternative presents itself.
Utah Sports Betting FAQ's
Has Any Been Arrested For Sports Betting In Utah?
We have not found any record of someone getting arrested in Utah for using a sports betting site. For those who are operating sports betting sites, that is a different case. This latter is considered a felony in the state so law enforcement officials are much more likely to seek out illegal operations.
What Should I Do If My Bank Didn't Process My Credit Or Debit Card Deposit?
This is a normal situation as there is a federal law known as UIGEA in place to prevent banks from processing offshore sportsbook transactions. Using a prepaid gift card (make sure it is international) or Bitcoin is the easiest way around this. Or just call up the cashier and you will find they are very willing to help you through this. Do not fear, UIGEA is only targeting the banks and book operators, not you as the gambler.
Do Utah Sports Betting Sites Have Odds On Football?
Football odds on Utah sports betting sites are as common as they come. Between football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer, the betting sites offer hundreds of wagers every day. Add in the betting lines for cricket, rugby, MMA, esports, darts, snooker, and more, and you’re looking at thousands of betting lines at these legal betting sites.
Can I Bet From My Mobile Phone In Utah?
Mobile betting is becoming normal for every legal betting site. Without needing to download an app, you can access their mobile betting site by simply logging in to your account on your phone or tablet. It will automatically take you to the correct page and you can review the betting lines while camping out in Moab.
Do Legal Utah Online Sportsbooks Have Live Betting?
Live betting is a standard feature for sports betting sites. Every legitimate site will offer a form of live betting, generally just as accessible as their mobile version. Utah residents can wait for the Jazz to start out slow and then bet the house on them to win at home. Odds are always more luxurious when your team isn’t playing well so be sure to take advantage.
Can I Have More Than One Online Sportsbook Account In Utah?
Sign up for as many as you feel comfortable with. Each site post different betting lines so you are sure to find a deal comparing the sportsbooks your join. Over time, this can add up to a lot of saved or added money in your account.
Betting On Horse Racing In Utah
Horse racing betting is yet another form of gaming that is against the law in Utah. The state has no live race tracks nor do they offer simulcast betting for their residents. Players who like to bet on the ponies will have to venture into a neighboring state in order to watch a live event unfold. Even with the distinction that pari-mutuel wagering (another name for horse racing betting) is not a form of gambling, the state of Utah still restricts the ability to participate.
More information can be found in Utah Code Title 4 Chapter 38, which even lays out the details for the duties of the Utah Horse Racing Commission. Without having to enforce any laws or establish any policies, there is not much to do for these commission meetings. Players who do not wish to travel but want to bet on the ponies should consider signing up for online betting sites. The sportsbooks that are licensed and located offshore are also racebooks which offering betting lines on all of the major events around the world.
The Status Of Daily Fantasy Sports In Utah
If you have still read this far and have no hope for the gambling market in Utah, this section may change your mind. While it is not a legal or regulated industry, daily fantasy sports contests are also not considered illegal. Nearly all of the main operators provide contests, both paid and unpaid, for Utah players. Prizes range from a few cents to a few thousand dollars and you can even win a trip to one of their championship events – all within accordance with state laws.
Keep in mind that DFS operators geolocate your area to ensure you are playing from where you claim you are. In a rare turn of events, leaving Utah to visit Nevada, Arizona, or Idaho will quickly cause your app to alert you that you cannot play DFS in their states. For different reasons, DFS isn’t permitted in the surrounding states, but as long as you are in Utah, you will come across no problems. Hey, why not sign up for a sports betting site in Utah and become the best legal DFS player in the country?