Alabama Sports Betting Apps

Alabama

The Alabama Crimson Tide has been one of the best college football programs of the last decade, but unfortunately, in-state fans have been unable to bet on their team due to the state’s sports betting legislation.

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All legal ways to bet on in Alabama

Is online sports betting legal in Alabama?No
Is in-person sports betting legal?No
Is daily fantasy sports legal?Yes
Is betting on college sports legal?No
Is horse racing betting legal?Yes
Is greyhound betting legal?No
Is political betting legal?No
Is eSports betting legal?No

If you want to bet in Alabama, you are limited to horse racing. For such a big sports state, this is quite unfortunate for residents of the “Heart of Dixie,” but not all hope should be lost. As sports betting grows in the U.S., it is more likely to eventually become legal. For the time being, AL residents do have the option to download and use Daily Fantasy Sports apps, so there is still a way they can use their fandom to make some money on the prominent DFS products.

Online sports betting in The Yellowhammer State

As time passes, more and more states are starting to join the rapidly growing list of states with legalized gambling. For quite some time, Alabama has been trying to join that list, but they’ve remained unsuccessful. In both 2021 and 2022, the state had gambling bills that gained momentum and made it to the AL Senate floor, but that was as far as they would go, with both failing to be passed.

Additionally, in 2022, Jefferson County, which is the largest city in Alabama, tried to legalize sports betting strictly in that county through HB 405, but that bill would not even reach the Senate floor. This is not something that is very common when it comes to passing gambling bills, so the want for sports betting is very clearly present in AL.

That doesn’t mean supporters of sports betting in the state are stopping, though, as according to the Alabama Political Reporter, when the 2024 legislation session opens in March, one of the topics that is to be discussed is gambling.

While just having it on the docket to discuss doesn’t necessarily mean anything, there is more optimism this year since House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter has put together a gambling committee. His committee would spearhead the creation of the gambling bill, which is something that the state has not seen in its many years of trying to address this topic.

The state has a few tribal-based casinos, but they do not offer sports betting, nor do they have the option to partner with brand-name sportsbooks for the time being. With that, Daily Fantasy Sports and horse racing remain the only regulated “gambling” options in AL. Like many states without legalized gambling, there are a few illegal gambling operations that the aforementioned committee will also allegedly be addressing.

Sports betting & gambling legislation in AL

Alabama has three tribal casinos and does not have a lottery, so any bill that is likely to be brought before the Senate moving forward will include the creation of a state lottery as well. The state first tried to establish a lottery in 2021 with a bill that would have also turned the states racetracks into casinos that offer sports betting, but like most bills it failed to reach the House floor.

In 2022, when SB 293 was introduced, the goal was for sports betting to be limited to retail casinos and mobile platforms that tie directly to those casinos. For the time being, it is unclear whether or not the next gambling-related bill include these same stipulations and also limit the amount of licenses granted or if the committee will change how they approach the issue.

The fact that the state constitution directly prohibits gambling is another hurdle lawmakers have to jump through when creating these bills, which again adds to the complexity of the issue.

Are online casinos legal in Alabama?No
Are retail casinos legal?Yes, with restrictions
Are social sportsbooks legal?No
Are sweepstakes/social casinos legal?Yes
Is online poker legal?No
Is the lottery legal?No
The launch date of sports betting in Alabama?TBD
How many legal sports betting apps are there in AL?0
How many legal retail betting sites are there in AL?0 (only 3 tribal casinos)
Is remote registration allowed?No
Legal age for sports betting in Alabama?- (Gambling: 18+)
Alabama's tax rate for betting/gambling winnings2% - 5% (depending on income level)
Who regulates sports betting in Alabama?The Alabama Gaming Commission

Most recent updates from the AL sports betting scene

  • December 5, 2023: Dave Portnoy attracts media attention by wagering $1 million on the outcome of the College Football Playoffs, specifically the Alabama vs. Michigan game. He's supporting Michigan and placed the bet with FanDuel at odds of -118. If Michigan wins, he will win $847,457.63 in addition to his original stake.

  • November 16, 2023: A lifetime sports betting ban has been proposed for Brad Bohannon and his associate Bert Neff Jr. by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The two have 30 days to challenge this punishment, or else they will be added to the state's involuntary exclusion list.

  • November 15, 2023: When Alabama state legislation begins in March, the topic of gambling will be discussed once again.

In-person gambling sites and locations

At this point in time, there are just three tribal casinos in the state of Alabama, and there isn’t a high likelihood that more would be introduced unless a legalized gambling bill is introduced. These casinos are owned and operated by the Creek Indians, and in order for the Governor to negotiate with the tribe about advancing these properties, he would need a gambling bill to pass.

Alabama also has four dog tracks scattered around the state. If a bill similar to the one being discussed in 2022 is passed, these facilities would likely offer full casino gaming as well.

Tribal casinos

Location

Wind Creek Wetumpka

100 River Oaks Dr, Wetumpka

Wind Creek Atmore

303 Poarch Rd, Atmore

Wind Creek Montgomery

1801 Eddie Tullis Dr, Montgomery

Other gambling-related news & stories from Alabama

  • December 1, 2023: State Rep. Andy Whitt intends to propose legislation introducing penalties for illegal gambling activities in Alabama.

  • November 28, 2023: House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter voices support for updating Alabama's gaming legislation, emphasizing the potential for a safer and regulated gambling environment. This signals growing momentum for the state's gaming bill, presenting an opportunity to align with other states and benefit from a regulated market.

  • November 14, 2023: Alabama lawmakers express concerns about the expanding illegal gambling industry and are calling for the creation of a regulatory body. Efforts to legalize gambling in the state are expected in the 2024 legislative session.

  • October 17, 2023: Alabama Democrats plan to boost the state's gambling industry in 2024. They aim to introduce pro-gambling policies during the legislative session to tap into the state's gaming potential and expand the entertainment sector.

Sports betting in neighboring states

Betting in states surrounding Alabama is, quite frankly, booming. Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee all have legal retail sports betting, along with the ability to bet on horse racing and participate in Daily Fantasy Sports Games.

Tennessee also has legalized mobile sports betting, so with the surrounding states ramping up their efforts to give their residents the ability to wager legally while also turning a profit, the pressure is growing for Alabama to do the same and get rid of all illegal operations in the state.

StateOnline sports bettingRetail sports bettingDFSHorse Race betting
FloridaLegalLegalLegalLegal
Georgia IllegalIllegalLegalIllegal
MississippiLegal (restricted)LegalLegalLegal
TennesseeLegalIllegalLegalLegal

What’s next for AL betting apps?

Heading into 2024, there is certainly a different feeling and optimism surrounding sports betting. Unfortunately, the state has continued to run into the same issues during this most recent legislative session. Both HB 151 and HB 152 were introduced during the session and the combination of them would create a constitutional amendment change and establish a gaming commission and both retail and mobile betting.

While these bills made it through the Senate, they only made it through with sports betting and iGaming removed from the bills.

While these bills being passed would still mean a lottery would be created and gaming compacts could be renegotiated, the House rejected the changes the Senate made to these bills, which has led to them appointing a conference committee for them.

Potential sports betting revenue impact on Alabama's economy

We have no revenue data for Alabama since gambling isn’t legalized. In 2020, Gov. Kay Ivey ran a study on gambling, and the results showed Alabama could potentially make $800 million a year through casinos, the lottery, and sports betting.

Compared to its surrounding states, Tennessee saw over $12 billion in handle and over $1.18 billion in revenue in November 2023 alone. In terms of their population, the closest comparable state with legalized gambling to Alabama is Louisiana. While Louisiana does not have numbers as strong as Tennesee, they still do well on a monthly basis, as they’ve made over $676 million in revenue and over $5 billion in handle since legalizing sports betting.

Alabama could have very different results from both of the states mentioned above, but with multiple sportsbook apps and casinos expected to be added to the state if they even legalize sports betting, the state should at least have comparable numbers to Louisiana over time.

Alabama - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

What is the legal status of sports betting in Alabama?

Sports betting remains illegal in the Heart of Dixie. Daily fantasy sports apps and horse racing remain the only two legal forms of sports-related gambling that can be done inside the state.

What is the most profitable state neighboring AL regarding sports betting revenue?

Most of Alabama’s surrounding states follow a similar guideline regarding the legality of sports betting. Tennessee is the most profitable of them in terms of revenue made through sports betting, having earned over $1.4 billion since legalization.

What is the most popular sports team in the Heart of Dixie?

There are no professional sports teams in AL, so the focus is typically on college athletics, which leaves the Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers as two of the most popular teams to root for in the state.

How many Heisman trophies have been won between Alabama and Auburn?

In the history of the Heisman Trophy, the Alabama Crimson Tide has had four players win the award, and the Auburn Tigers have had three. Bryce Young is the most recent Crimson Tide winner, and Cam Newton is the most recent Auburn player.