Hawaii sports betting is not legal.
In fact, it is one of only two states, along with Utah, with no legal gambling of any kind. However, there have been a couple of faint initiatives over the last year or so. It goes without saying that the state could be a very lucrative market for the betting industry. Below are the most recent updates on efforts to legalize sports betting in the state:
Jan. 31, 2023: Hawaii state Senator Standley Chang proposes a ban on advertising (SB 935) — on television or online — by Nevada casino companies, citing the economic burden of problem gambling.
Jan. 9, 2023: A bill was proposed by Democrat John Mizuno for a single, standalone sportsbook and cardroom. The location would be licensed for 10 years on the island of Oahu. With Hawaii residents spending so much money in Las Vegas every year, Mizuno believes it’s important to explore options to keep local money in the economy.
Jan. 26, 2022: HB 1962 was introduced to legalize casino gambling. The bill identifies Hawaii as “a ripe target market for legal gaming.” Lawmakers ultimately decline to move forward with the Hawaii sports betting proposal.
Jan. 26, 2022: A second 2022 House bill looking to legalize sports wagering specifies that betting on sports should not be considered gambling. HB 1973 garners little support.
Jan. 24, 2022: A bill (HB 1815) to legalize online sports betting and sportsbooks was brought to the House but failed to gain traction.
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