Vermont is not known for its gambling but is surrounded by it. Here is a Report about Gambling in Vermont-The Green Mountain State.
Vermont’s politicians have flirted with several forms of gambling, but most approved for trial were eventually shut down.
- 1959 – Parimutuel betting was introduced to the state
- 1963 – All horse races were held at the Green Mountain Race Track in Pownal
- 1967 – Green Mountain Race Track started hosting greyhound races until greyhound racing was banned in 1992
- 1977 – Vermont launches its lottery
- 2008 – Green Mountain Race Track was closed down.
- 2015 – the local lawmakers authorized the installation of Video Lottery Terminals in 25 bars across the state as a part of a pilot program. This program was terminated one year later, and the terminals were removed.
Vermont Gambling Law Summary
Vermont Statutes define gambling as “winning or losing money or another valuable thing by play or hazard at any game.” This definition is broad enough to cover internet games, so playing on offshore sites while remaining within state lines is against the law. Engaging in unlawful gambling is punishable by a $10-$200 fine unless the offense is committed in a public gambling house. The penalty may also involve imprisonment for up to sixty days.
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Will SportsBetting Find A Home – Gambling in Vermont
Vermont is surrounded by states with sports betting – Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York – and is bordered by the Canadian province of Quebec to its north. Multiple bills to legalize sports betting in Vermont have failed recently, but their sponsors were back again in 2021.
If passed, the latest bill:
- It would authorize Vermont sports betting through the lottery and allow up to six mobile sportsbook operators.
- Specifically, ban betting on Vermont colleges or any college event in Vermont. However, that would not include a ban on betting on a college tournament that includes VT colleges or part of the events taking place in the state.
- would allow betting through Vermont Lottery retailers for anyone 18 or over
As of 10/1/2022, the bill has stalled, and it doesn’t appear that the state has any plans to pass new legislation legalizing other forms of offline or online gambling.
Robin “Binbin” Aubin