You might think that a state that has the honor of being home to a racetrack as famous as Churchill Downs and with that track hosting the world-renowned Kentucky Derby (and in turn being one third of the mighty Triple Crown) that the Bluegrass State would have welcomed gambling with open arms (the company that owns Churchill Downs also runs casinos in other states). However, while the region does offer several racetracks that have extended themselves to become racinos (a combined racetrack that is able to offer slots and gaming machines), there are no dedicated casinos in Kentucky so there is currently no access to table games, and these racinos do not currently offer any sports betting other than on horse and greyhounds.
If you are looking to place bets on the NFL or NBA, etc. the closest that you can get is by accessing Daily Fantasy Sites, and even their presence is one of ambiguity.
That's not to say that legislators in the state have not looked to allow sports betting online and at casinos; as recently as February 2018 a bill was submitted that was seeking to legalize placing bets on professional and college sports that would have been overseen by the Kentucky Lottery Corporation, but as with many bills it stalled at the committee stage. This has been followed by House Bill 175, which seeks to include online betting as well as DFS.
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this map, state law can often change and this map is how we at GamingUSA understand the gambling law in each
state to be as of March 27th 2023