Nebraska Betting Laws

Once referred to as ‘The Great American Desert’, Nebraska is absolutely barren from a sports betting perspective so far.

The locale where Kool-Aid was invented back in the 1920s has a pretty sour taste in its mouth right now, after spending a frustrating 2020 trying to get betting legislation passed.

The Cornhusker State – from which local college sports powerhouse Nebraska gets its nickname – ended up mired in controversy and argument.

The net result is no sports betting just yet, though that may change soon.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Nebraska?

Sports betting is not legal in Nebraska, though it did come pretty close in 2020.

Voters in the state gave their approval to the legalization of ‘games of chance’, but the referendums they voted on didn’t specifically mention sports betting, so it’s a mess.

Now lawmakers must decide the fine details and proceed accordingly.

The smart money is on sports betting in Nebraska getting the green light, and no longer having to lose potential tax dollars to some of its near neighbors.

Legal Sports Betting near Nebraska

Just because sports betting isn’t legal yet in Nebraska, it doesn’t mean you are completely without options. Your ability to bet is mostly based on location, not residency. So if you are willing to travel, there are work-arounds. Here are the current ones:

Colorado: Unsurprisingly, Colorado embraced sports betting and has a very healthy market potential. You can bet as long as you are in the state, have a US Social Security number and you are over 21 years old. There are plenty of options, both in person and online and mobile.

Iowa: Iowa has both in-person and mobile options. The good news is that you no longer have to register in person at a licensed outlet. You can do that from anywhere in-state. Legal age is 21.

NB: South Dakota has voted (on a limited level) to legalize sports betting but has not rolled out legislation yet. Wyoming and Kansas meanwhile are expected to open up soon.

Are Offshore Sportsbooks Legal in Nebraska?

While signing up to play with offshore sportsbooks might seem like a simple and pretty tempting option, there is almost always a catch.

Offshore sportsbooks are not legal in Nebraska, or any other state in the union. They have no license to take bets in the United States.

If you do sign up you have no consumer protection. If you win and the sportsbook won’t pay for example, not a good situation.