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Illegal Challenges

The difficulty that the legal U.S. gaming industry has in reducing play on illegal gaming sites is highlighted in the U.S. Gambling Market Quarterly Report from While gamblers in legal jurisdictions are more likely to use legal sports betting sites, when it comes to slots, tables or lottery, gamblers are split about using the illegal sites, as outlined in the chart at right covering the June 2022 period. Of course, there are many more states where online sports betting is legal—operating or approved now in 36 states plus Washington, D.C.—whereas online gaming is only legal today in six states, so the reluctance to use legal sites is more like no other choice except for illegal sites. The U.S. Gambling Market Quarterly Report also outlines the seasonality of sports betting, the growth of gambling in 2021, and much more. To obtain a copy of the report, visit