- Is betting legal in Alaska?
No, sports betting is not legal in Alaska. In 2020, two attempts to legalize wagering were headed by Governor Dunleavy, but neither of the bills passed. There was another bill in 2022, but this also failed to pass.
- Who would govern sports betting in Alaska?
The most recent sports betting bill suggested the Alaska Department of Revenue as the regulator of sports betting in the state. Governor Dunleavy wanted to create a state lottery to oversee wagering with his sports betting bills. Any regulatory body would be responsible for ensuring every sportsbook operated within regulations.
- How old would you have to be to bet in Alaska?
Representative Wool’s HB 385 had the legal gambling age in Alaska at 21. You would need to upload a copy of your photo ID to an online sportsbook to prove your age before being able to withdraw.
- When will sports betting launch in Alaska?
The earliest sports betting can launch in Alaska is late 2023 or 2024. As the 2022 legislative session is over, no sports wagering legislation can pass until the 2023 legislative session. If a sports betting bill passes, the state will need some time to create the licensing process and allow operators to set up.
- Where will I be able to bet on sports in Alaska?
If sports betting is legalized in Alaska, it will likely be available online only. The size of AK and its small population means retail sports betting probably won’t be profitable, so lawmakers have focused on mobile wagering.
- Will sportsbooks in Alaska be safe?
Before any sportsbook launches in Alaska, it must be checked and tested by the state’s regulatory body. This body will be responsible for setting up a licensing process to ensure every betting site delivers a safe and fair experience.
- Would I have to pay taxes on betting winnings in Alaska?
Yes, all US bettors need to pay taxes on betting winnings. You must declare all winnings to the IRS and fill in a W-2G form with any winnings over $600.
- Can you play DraftKings in Alaska?
No, you can’t use DraftKings to wager in Alaska because sports betting is illegal. However, you can use the operator’s Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) games. The closest state with DraftKings Sportsbook is Oregon.
- Can you play FanDuel in Alaska?
FanDuel is unavailable in Alaska, but you can use the site to play Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) games. The nearest state where you can bet with FanDuel is Washington, where there is a retail sportsbook at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino.
- Can you play BetMGM in Alaska?
No, sports betting is not legal in Alaska so you cannot use BetMGM. There is a BetMGM retail sportsbook at the Emerald Queen Casino & Hotel in Washington.
- Can you play Caesars in Alaska?
Like all sportsbooks, you can’t use Caesars in AK. If you visit Washington, there is a retail sportsbook at the Muckleshoot Casino and Spokane Tribe Casino.
- Can you play TwinSpires in Alaska?
No, you can’t use TwinSpires to bet on sports or online horse racing. TwinSpires is shutting down its sports betting product in many US states.
- Which sportsbooks will be available in Alaska in the future?
Barstool Sportsbook is the most likely sportsbook to launch in Alaska in the future, with the Alaska Department of Revenue owning shares in operating company Penn National Gaming. In addition, Daily Fantasy Sports operators FanDuel and DraftKings also seem likely to launch.