Hawaii Sports Betting 2020

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The situation with sports betting in Hawaii is very clear. No form of gambling is legal in the state which means residents cannot place bets on sporting events.

Hawaii’s main source of income is tourism and many coastal towns rely on it for their income. Visitors and residents do not have the facility to place bets on football, tennis, and many other sports that appear online in other states.

HI Online Sports Betting

There are no sportsbooks or racebooks that operate from Hawaii. The government has not issued any gambling licenses for operators located in Hawaii. Residents of Hawaii and tourists cannot visit betting offices in the state. The main economic activity is tourism and the capital city is Honolulu.

The state is relatively small and there are no major professional sports teams on the islands. Sports betting has not grown while other states have passed legislation. The Supreme Court has made online sports betting legal but Hawaii has not changed its gambling laws.  

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The leaders in Hawaii have taken a stand against online sports betting. The politicians and residents believe the negative social problems from gambling outweigh the positives. Other states have raised money by taxing online sports betting in the state but the people of Hawaii do not want online gambling.

During the global recession when tourism declined more politicians were sympathetic to the idea that online sports betting raises money for the state. The economy in Hawaii has recovered so the state does not need the jobs and taxes created by online sports betting. 

The Honolulu Police Department has raided illegal premises over the last  5 years. There are illegal gambling premises in Hawaii but many of those have been exposed and closed down. Online sports betting is being policed in the same uncompromising manner.

The situation could potentially change during a recession which reduces the number of tourist visitors. However, at the time of writing there is no legal sports betting in Hawaii.

Hawaii Sportsbook Apps

Residents and visitors to Hawaii cannot download a sportsbook app. No developer has introduced a gambling app to the market in Hawaii. Mobile phone usage is high but potential bettors cannot visit a website or mobile app to place bets on online sporting events.

Mobile users cannot download an online sportsbook in Hawaii, using Android or iOS devices. There are Hawaii-facing apps for a range of activities but it is illegal to develop and market online sports betting app.  

HI Sports Betting Rules

The regulations did not succeed in tackling online sports betting and creating the appropriate legislation. Hawaii does not have a casino, state lottery, and charitable bingo is not allowed.

There is no ambiguity because gambling is illegal in Hawaii and that includes online sports betting. The option does exist to introduce online sports betting but there does not appear to be the political will to get the appropriate bill through Parliament.  

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