In May 2018, New Jersey won its case against the Federal Government’s ban on US Federal Sports Betting Laws. With its ground-breaking ruling, the Supreme Court struck down the Federal law to end the federal prohibition on sports betting laws and handed the decision-making on legal sports betting back to each state to decide for themselves.
As a result, Hawaii’s lawmakers have taken it upon themselves to the answer to the question ‘is sports betting legal in Hawaii?’ with a resounding ‘No thank you’.
Anything that remotely resembles gambling is outlawed, as evidenced by Hawaii’s lack of legal casinos and its prohibition on daily fantasy sports (DFS) sites.
Hawaiian Sports betting along with many other types of betting is prohibited by the Island State’s Government and it is quite unlikely that will change soon.
The closest that Hawaii has come to legalizing sports betting was a bill (HB927) introduced to the State Legislature in 2017 looking to set up a commission with the aim with of analyzing the financial and social aspects of all forms of gambling, including fully-legalized-sports-betting.
The bill failed to gain any significant support, outlining the position that Hawaii simply has no taste for expanding gambling of any type at the current time. However, on the other hand, that this bill was actually drafted and introduced to the House shows the winds of change are blowing through the Aloha State, and at least one lawmaker was open to considering the issue.
In 2019, another 12 lawmakers got onboard the next sports betting legalization bill in Hawaii (HB 1107) as betting on sports in the State took further baby steps to fruition.
As the changes continue and the state moves ever closer to the sports betting finishing line, we will advise you of changes in the Hawaiian position towards sports betting while other states begin their respective legalization processes.