Vermont Online Sports Betting


Sports betting was not legal in Vermont despite various attempts to pass a bill since 2019. A new bill, HB127 was introduced to the House in January and was eventually passed by a vote in March. When forwarded to the senate, the lawmakers at the upper chamber made several amendments until they finally passed the bill on May 4. 

House lawmakers have also approved the amendment by the Senate and will now forward the measure to the desk of Governor Scott to sign the bill into law. The bill will keep sports betting revenue within Vermont and authorizes up to six online sportsbooks. Stakeholders believe that online betting could go live in January 2024.

Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and Horse Racing betting are also legal in Vermont.

Legality of Sports Betting VS Gambling

Vermont is a traditional anti-gaming state but does allow gamblers legal DFS competitions, a state lottery, online horse racing betting and some limited charitable gambling options, including poker.

Sports  & Gambling TypeLegal Land-BasedLegal Online
Sports BettingNoYes
Fantasy Sports (DFS)N/AYes
Horse RacingYesYes
Charitable GamblingYesNo

Vermont Sports Betting Tax Rates

There is a 6% state tax on gambling winnings in Vermont.

However, gambling wins over a $600 amount in Vermont may possibly attract an additional Federal Tax.

We recommend contacting your tax attorney to assess your potential Federal tax liability if you have a big win in the state of Vermont.

Sports betting Age VS Gambling Age in Vermont

Vermont maintains an easy to manage 18-years-of-age age limit on all its legal forms of gambling.

Sports & Gambling Type Age
Sports BettingN/A
Horse Racing18
Charitable Gambling18

Betting on Sports in Vermont

Lawmakers passed sports betting bill (H.127) and the bill in now headed to the Senate.

Should the online sports betting bill become law, Vermont could reclaim its sports betting customers from New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, which are all bordering states where online sports betting is legal.

Vermont legislators previously introduced a bill to explore the possibilities of overall gambling expansion. The debate on S.59 was halted by the pandemic, and came in the wake of the comprehensive defeat of bill H.186, which would have created the Vermont Gaming Commission to license, regulate and oversee sports betting and other gambling activities. Instead, S.59 created the Sports Betting Study Committee to investigate how the state can implement sports wagering.

The gaming laws of Vermont are not conducive to sports betting and State Statute § 2133 that makes it an offense to play “cards, dice, tables or other game for money or other valuable in a common gambling house…” has set the tone. In an environment where gambling debts are considered unenforceable and people can actually sue to recover gambling losses, legal sports betting could take a while.

Sports Betting in Vermont

Vermont is currently an online sports betting-free zone.

Vermont state statutes make no mention of online gambling, meaning that additional legislation would need to be passed before the state could permit sports betting online.

The great news for online sports bettors is the set precedent in Vermont for sports bettors to place bets online for horse and greyhound racing or online DFS competitions. The precedent means placing a future legal bet in Vermont on the Patriots, Celtics or Red Sox is not out of the question.

Vermont Online Sports Betting Laws

Spurred on the recent status of neighboring New Hampshire to becoming a legal sports betting state, Vermont’s State lawmakers are looking to bolster their economy and prevent precious state revenue from leaving their state. However, no new bills have been introduced into the legislature for debate.

Online Fantasy Sports in Vermont

U.S. federal lawmakers have uniformly decided that Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) competitions are not reckoned to be gambling. Federal law has defined DFS to not be games of random chance, but much on the other hand, DFS is considered to be a game by which a player’s skill and learning is the primary factor in determining the result.

Excitingly, major DFS sites are now all legally accepting players from the state of Vermont for their real money competitions given the State Governor passing bill S.136 into law in June 2017. The bill provided a number of protections for consumers and operators;

  • Minimum age of 18 to participate in DFS.
  • Sports officials and athletes prohibited from participating in contests involving their sport(s)
  • The use of computer scripts to gain an edge over other players is prohibited.
  • Family members of DFS employees, and employees themselves prohibited from playing.
  • DFS sites must keep player funds in a separate account.
  • DFS sites must submit to annual independent audits.
  • DFS sites must register with the State of Vermont and pay an annual registration fee of $5,000 under Section 4 Act 70 (2017).

Esports Online Betting Laws

As a ‘next generation’ category of sports betting, eSports betting, once legalized, will evolve quickly in the State of Vermont into a trusted and ‘family-friendly’ form of betting that does not have an unclear illegal history.

What are eSports?

eSports, (i.e. ‘competitive gaming’), takes part in popular multi-player online video games like Rocket League, Fortnite, Halo and others. As the fastest single growth area in worldwide sports betting, the amount outlaid on eSports globally is expected to top $1 billion annually in 2018-19.

With its roots in the not widely known LAN gaming communities of the late ‘90s and early 2000s, mainstream sports respectability of eSports has followed. Players take part for slickly-run professional teams competing in global tournaments that offer big prize money and are attended by huge crowds in full stadiums and watched by millions of viewers online.

A wildly successful gambling scene has developed in eSports, with a full range of international bookmakers framing betting markets on the major network of global eSports tournaments.

Look for eSports betting markets to be included as some of the first legal betting markets framed by legal Vermont sportsbooks soon after sports betting laws inevitably pass the Vermont State Legislature.

Horse Racing in Vermont

Ironically, wagering at racetracks is one of the only legal forms of gambling in Vermont because the state’s last live track closed in 1991. Horse and greyhound wagering can only be conducted online in Vermont.

Trackside Betting

Racetrack betting in Vermont is legal, however incongruously, no live racetracks exist in the state.

Off Track Betting (OTB) in Vermont

OTB betting is not offered to residents or visitors to Vermont.

Online Horse Racing in Vermont

Interestingly, Horse racing betting online is somehow strangely not subject to the Vermont State Statute § 2141 that officially makes it a crime to win or lose money by gambling in the state. Therefore, online horse racing betting is readily and legally available to residents of Vermont. Available online racebooks are all user friendly and easy to access online betting can be undertaken directly from your tablet, phone, other mobile device or home computer.

Online horse racing betting sites to visitors and residents of Vermont offer attractive odds on thoroughbred racing in the U.S. and all major horse racing venues worldwide.

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