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Nebraska Sports Betting

Nebraska Sports Betting Legalization News

Nebraska laws currently forbids sports betting and other forms of wagering, but a Nebraska state senator has proposed changing existing language to make it an “authorized games of skill.”

Senator Justin Wayne introduced Bill LB 990 in January 2020 to change this classification. The bill introduces: “LB 990 will provide an exception in statutes concerning gambling for those operating authorized games of skill including sports betting, fantasy sports, and poker.”

If that bill gets any traction, it may allow lawmaker to work within existing laws to try to make legal Nebraska sports betting a reality. But this is a state that outlawed all gambling in its constitution until charities were permitted in the 1930s.

Is sports betting legal in Nebraska?

No and Nebraska sports wagering is unlikely to move quickly. However, there is some small movement as of 2020. Fingers crossed for Husker fans!

Where can I bet at Nebraska sportsbooks?

Nowhere legally at this time. Currently there are just four native casinos in the state, which may become a location of wagering in the future if current proposals make headway. They include:

Iron Horse Bar & Casino; Lucky 77 Casino; Native Star Casino; Ohiya Casino and Resort

There are also four horse racing operations in the state, which again could serve as future providers of sports betting. They include:

Columbus Exposition and Racing; Fonner Park in Grand Island; Horsemen’s Park in Omaha; Lincoln Race Course in Lincoln.

What about mobile sports betting apps in Nebraska?

Ditto above.

What is the legal sports betting age in Nebraska?

The legal gambling age in Nebraska is 18 for racing and bingo, 19 for lotteries and keno.

Who is allowed to offer Nebraska sports betting?

Nobody can legally offer it and gambling is restricted to a few native casinos, bingo and lotteries.

Who regulates or licenses Nebraska sports betting?

There is a Nebraska Lottery as well as a Nebraska State Racing Commission, neither of which would be likely candidates as future regulatory bodies. The bill proposing to change the definition of sports gambling is linked here.

What sports will be favorites of Nebraska sports bettors?

When you hear the word ‘Nebraska,’ the next word you expect to hear is ‘CornHuskers.’ That’s the power of the college football juggernaut in the Big Ten. If Nebraska sports betting ever becomes a reality, wagering on the Huskers will be the biggest thing in town.

Two other college programs compete in college basketball Div. 1 conferences: Creighton BlueJays in the Big East and the Omaha Mavericks in the Summit League.