Georgia Sports Betting Apps

Georgia (GA)

Since 2018, betting on daily fantasy sports has been a legal activity in Georgia. However, US sportsbooks are not yet allowed to provide any type of sports gambling options in the state, in person, or online.

Despite that, GA residents still have access to a broad selection of offshore sports betting apps and sites, as it is not currently illegal for players to wager on sports in this way.

Legal and licensed apps:

Arvostelu 5/5
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Arvostelu 5/5
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Arvostelu 5/5
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Arvostelu 4/5
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Arvostelu 5/5
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Arvostelu 4/5
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Arvostelu 4/5
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Arvostelu 3/5

DFS ONLY | 18+ (19+ or 21+ where required) | T&C’s Apply | Available in AK, AR, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NY, NM, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, UT, TN, TX, WI, WV, & WE.

Arvostelu 5/5
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Arvostelu 4/5
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Arvostelu 3/5
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
Arvostelu 5/5
+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly

Online Sports Betting in Georgia

The gambling laws in the state of Georgia are among the harshest in the US. There are no land-based casinos, no permanent horse racing tracks and even pari-mutuel betting is illegal. However, in recent years, there have been moves afoot to legalize sports betting within the state. In fact, as already mentioned, a bill to legalize Daily Fantasy Sports sites was passed into law in 2018, and bettors can now access sites such as FanDuel, DraftKings, and Yahoo Fantasy online.

Nevertheless, those who wish to place wagers on real sports will have to be patient for a while longer before sports wagering becomes fully legal. Furthermore, given that Georgia has no land-based casinos for retail sportsbooks to be tethered to, the legislative efforts have largely focused on mobile and online sports betting rather than in-person wagering.

In the meantime, GA residents can bet on real sports at offshore online sports betting sites such as BetUS, XBet, Bovada, MyBookie, BUSR, and so on. Georgians can opt to use either the web-based sites or their apps to place a wide variety of bet types on a range of sports and betting markets.

It is, however, important to mention that, under the prevailing state laws, players have to be at least 21 years of age to engage in any type of wagering or online sports betting in Georgia.

Sports Betting Legislation in GA

Gambling and sports betting legislation in Georgia is, unfortunately, something that keeps getting pushed to the back burner by the state legislature. Although Daily Fantasy Sports sites were legalized in 2018, it was not until 2020 that the first bills (S403 and H378) were put forward to legalize sports gambling. Sadly, both failed to progress.

Efforts were renewed in 2021, with Senator Ron Stephens submitting HB86. This bill proposed remote registration, online-only sports betting with up to six licensees, but prohibited wagering on college games. Other Senators offered their own bill — SB142 — which allowed for college game bets.

On 8th March 2021, the Senate passed SB142 and a related gambling bill — SR135. This latter bill would have sent the sports betting question to a voter referendum. If voters approved this bill, the state would then need to create a regulatory structure for sports betting before allowing sportsbooks to apply for licenses.

Both bills were sent to the House of Representatives, but controversies surrounding a voting reform bill occupied the remaining legislative time instead. Thus, on 31st March 2021, the legislative session ended without the passage of these two bills. At present, no new legislation has been submitted during the 2022 legislative session.

In-Person Sports Betting In Georgia

While some people prefer in-person wagering to online betting, thanks to the legal situation in Georgia, residents' options are actually quite limited. There are no legal land-based casinos or permanent horse racing tracks within the state lines and the only way to gamble legally in person within the state is aboard a casino boat.

This may sound weird, but GA gambling laws include a “boat loophole”, which allows casino cruise ships to take passengers out to international waters, just a few miles offshore. At this point, the betting can commence as long as the players are at least 21 years of age. At present, however, this does not include sports wagering.

Furthermore, the recent gambling bills that stalled in the Georgian House of Representatives focused on online sports betting rather than retail sportsbooks.

Sports Betting In Neighboring States

While three of Georgia's four neighboring states likewise do not permit sports betting, there is one exception. The neighboring state of Tennessee sits in stark contrast to the Peach State. Things are wide open for online sports betting in Tennessee, as, at the time of writing, there are now eight different mobile sportsbook apps available to residents. The last of these, the Barstool sportsbook app, launched on Sept 8, 2021, just a week after receiving approval for launch.

However, as there are no casinos within Tennessee state lines, there are no retail sportsbooks either. Nevertheless, statistics show that in 2021, in total, more than $2.7 billion USD worth of sports bets was placed in Tennessee.

Since sports betting is still illegal in the state of Georgia, there is no way to compare the two states properly. Nevertheless, it is likely that if sports betting is legalized, the state's economy will benefit.

What is legal to bet on in Georgia?

Currently, GA residents can bet on plenty of fantasy sports and leagues through several licensed Fantasy sportsbooks available in the US, including DraftKings and FanDuel. Both allow players to wager on many fantasy sports, including football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, and more. Additionally, FanDuel Racing will enable bettors to wage live-on horse races.

For real sports betting, though, there are many offshore online sportsbooks that Georgian bettors can access. These include Bovada, MyBookie, BetUS, BetOnline, and more. Between them, they offer a massive array of sports, leagues, and tournaments from the US and worldwide. Residents in GA can bet on the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, soccer, golf, MMA, NASCAR, tennis, F1 racing, horse racing, and more.

Georgians are also free to wager on their state's professional teams at these offshore sites; as yet, the state has not set a minimum age for sports betting, although it is likely to follow the lead of other states and set it at 21. In the meantime, the minimum gambling age for these offshore sportsbooks is 18 years.

What’s Next For GA Betting Apps?

The situation in Georgia may be a little behind that of some other states, but, eventually, it is likely that some sort of sports betting legislation will be passed. The three bills that failed in 2021 have been recommitted, although it seems unlikely that any proposal will come to the 2022 ballot.

All this means that the state will have another year in limbo. However, as The Georgia Lottery Corp gained over $1.54 billion in profits from the last budget year just by scratch-off tickets, lottery games, and coin-operated amusement machines, the state's lawmakers will for sure try to legalize sports betting as soon as possible.

The frontrunners to launch sports betting apps will be FanDuel, DraftKings, and Caesars, all of which already operate DFS sites within the state.

Gambling news and updates from Georgia

  • December 8, 2023: Senator Brandon Beach intends to introduce legislation to legalize gambling in Georgia during the 2024 legislative session. His proposal would let citizens vote on a constitutional amendment permitting casino gaming, sports betting, and pari-mutuel wagering. Beach estimates that legalizing gambling could generate up to $900 million in annual tax revenue.

  • November 22, 2023: Despite previous unsuccessful efforts to pass gambling legislation, proponents are hopeful for the 2024 legislative session. Lieutenant Governor Burt Jones, who proposed a sports gambling bill in 2020, believes sports betting has greater support than casinos and horse racing among GA residents.

  • September 5, 2023: PrizePicks seeks the dismissal of a lawsuit in Georgia, which claims that its daily fantasy sports app uses stolen third-party software. The company filed a motion to dismiss in the US Northern District of Georgia Court.

  • June 25, 2023: Fantasy sports app PrizePicks faces a copyright infringement lawsuit in Georgia. Vetnos LLC claims that PrizePicks is using their technology for player prop/over-under fantasy sports games without authorization.

  • March 3, 2023: Georgia lawmakers reject Bill 57, which aimed to legalize sports betting and horse race wagering. The bill received 37 "no" votes and 19 "yes" votes during the voting process.

  • January 19, 2023: Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold D. Melton believes a constitutional amendment isn't necessary to legalize online sports betting in Georgia. He suggests that sports betting can be considered an expansion of the state's lottery, making a constitutional amendment unnecessary.

Georgia (GA) - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

Is sports betting legal in Georgia ?

Currently, the only sports gambling that has been legalized in GA is daily fantasy sports betting. As such, DFS betting apps such as FanDuel and DraftKings are legally available to Georgians. In addition, bettors also have access to horse racing markets.

What sportsbook apps are there available in GA?

The betting apps that are available to residents of Georgia are the same as those available for many other states where sports betting hasn't yet been legalized. They include Bovada and MyBookie as well as several DFS apps such as DraftKings and FanDuel.

How does online sports betting work in Georgia ?

Sports betting in the state of Georgia is currently restricted to the use of offshore online sports betting sites and apps. Players are simply required to go to the relevant website or download the relevant app for their device and create an account.

Who regulates sports betting in GA?

The Georgia Lottery currently oversees the state lottery as well as other gambling related activities within GA so this same commission will regulate all future sports betting apps and sites in the state as well.

What sports can I bet on in Georgia ?

Thanks to the availability of online sports betting sites and apps, GA residents can access a huge range of sports. These include collegiate and professional matches and leagues in baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf and MMA.

Can I sign up for multiple sports betting apps in GA?

Yes, you can. There is no legal limit to the number of apps or sites to which any given player can sign up in GA. So, feel free to try out as many as you want of the excellent sportsbooks apps out there.