Where To Watch For 2022 Online Casino Expansion In North America
TikTok, Taylor Swift and the online gambling industry are optimistic about the coming year. Ontario is slated to expand its iGaming marketplace to include private operators in early 2022. Illinois and Maryland are the most likely US states to launch online casinos in 2022, as Connecticut did in October.
In 2021, three states have generated $1 billion in online casino revenue. New Jersey and Pennsylvania reached that milestone in October. Michigan launched its online casinos and sportsbooks in late January. The state has generated almost $992 million in gross gaming revenue through November. Connecticut’s online gambling market is poised to surpass the longstanding West Virginia online market.
Ontario created legislation built upon the Criminal Code of Canada that governs online gambling. Alberta officials announced similar intentions earlier in December. Ontario is much farther along in its marketplace expansion process and initially hoped to launch this month.
Illinois and Maryland are the last remaining US states that could legalize online casinos in 2022. The General Assembly in Illinois didn't pass an iGaming bill on June 1st. It could revisit the legislation when it reconvenes on January 12th. Illinois already has an active online sports betting industry. Maryland's legal online Sportsbooks are slated to launch in fall 2022, but the state hasn't yet added online gambling to the mix.
In 2022, state legislators will have to worry about coronavirus.