Georgia Online Gambling

The latest on Georgia online gambling, sports betting, lottery, and more.

Legal gambling legislation has failed to advance in the 2023 legislative session, but, based on the policies of Georgia’s biennial legislature, the fight can be renewed next year.

Casino gambling, sports betting, and horse race wagering are all prohibited in Georgia. But there are legal ways to gamble in the state. The Georgia Lottery is especially popular, and unlike in many other states, Georgia allows the purchase of online lottery tickets. Georgians can play daily fantasy sports as well. There are also legal (and popular) coin operated amusement machines, plus gambling games for charity.

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No, for the most part. Gambling online for real money is against Georgia law. Real money online casinos, online poker rooms and online sportsbooks are all illegal in the state. Georgia even outlaws advance deposit wagering on horse racing, an exception that many states without legal online gambling still allow. The one type of online gambling Georgia does allow is the online purchase of lottery tickets. In fact, Georgia is one of only a handful of states that permit online lottery sales.

Can I play real money online casino games in Georgia?

Again, the answer is no. Real money online casinos are illegal in Georgia. You may see online casinos located outside of the state (usually outside the US) suggesting that it is fine for Georgians to deposit and play their games, but these sites are not abiding by Georgia law. Playing on such sites is risky for many reasons, including the fact that if you were to suspect any fraud or issues with the games or if you discovered your funds were not secure, you’d have no legal recourse. When it comes to online casinos, your only legal options in Georgia are social and sweepstakes casinos like Pulsz and Chumba Casino.

No, real money online poker sites are not legal in Georgia, so don’t be fooled by poker sites suggesting that they are. Such offshore sites pose the same risk to Georgians as do online casinos operating outside of Georgia’s legal jurisdiction. One option for Georgia poker players, however, is to play on sweepstakes online poker sites that use virtual currencies. The most popular such site is Global Poker, where players can play a variety of poker games and can even redeem their winnings for cash prizes.

Can I enter daily fantasy sports contests in Georgia?

Yes, you can enter daily fantasy sports contests at FanDuel, DraftKings and other DFS sites. Technically speaking, DFS is not explicitly legal in Georgia, but neither are there any laws prohibiting DFS in the state. In other words, as is the case in many states, DFS sites operate in a legal gray area in Georgia.

Who regulates gambling in Georgia?

The Georgia Lottery Corp. oversees the few legal gambling options available in Georgia. If those options were to expand, it is very likely a Georgia Gaming Commission would be created. For example, recent sports betting bills in both chambers of the Georgia Legislature identified the GLC as the intended regulator, and indeed would classify sports wagering as a “lottery game.”

The minimum age to play the Georgia Lottery is 18 years old. That’s also the minimum age to play coin-operated amusement machines, including the Class B COAMs that award merchandise, lottery tickets, and other non-cash prizes. Note, however, that if Georgia were to legalize other forms of gambling such as sports betting or casino gambling, expect the minimum age for those activities to be 21, as is the case in most other states.

 

Georgia is home to multiple professional and college sports teams, each with a large fan base. The state also hosts the Masters Tournament and a number of other high-profile sporting events. Of all the types of gambling absent from Georgia, sports betting, and, more specifically, online sports betting appears to be the one with the best chance of legalizing. Lawmakers have discussed various types of sports betting legislation in recent years, always with an eye toward funding education programs with potential sports betting revenue. In 2021, the Senate passed two bills, one to establish a framework for sports betting and another to ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment to do so. But the bills failed to advance despite receiving some support, and a second try in 2022 also came up short. Lawmakers in 2023 took a similar approach but suffered the same outcome. Legislation that provided a “constitutional workaround” and legislation that would have taken the longer constitutional amendment route were both defeated in the Georgia General Assembly. If Georgia does eventually legalize sports betting, expect an online-only system to be their first priority.

LEGALIZATION DATE
November 5, 2019

MARKET LAUNCH DATE
Online: May 1, 2020
Retail: June 17, 2020

AUTHORIZED OPERATORS
Commercial casino, tribal casino & online operators

RESTRICTED BET TYPES
Prop betting on all collegiate events

AGE REQUIREMENT
Must be 21+

BETTING ACCOUNT REGISTRATION
Customers of online sportsbooks are not required to register or fund their accounts in person

TAX RATE
10% on sports betting revenue

TAX REVENUE ALLOCATION
Administration and enforcement of sports wagering, implementation of the state water plan, and other public purposes.

LICENSE FEES
The initial Master License Fee is $2,000 and the renewal fee of $250 is due biennially. Retail operator and mobile operator fees are $1,200 each and renewals of the same amount are due biennially.

OFFICIAL DATA MANDATE
None

INTEGRITY FEE
None