When it comes to any type of gaming, the state of Vermont is, well, in a sorry state. Although pari-mutual wagering is legal in Vermont, there are no live thoroughbred or harness racing tracks, no off track betting locations or simulcast wagering facilities. There are also no casinos in the state. In fact, the only form of gambling in Vermont is the state lottery.
Vermont Off Track Betting Sites
As mentioned, there is no such thing as an OTB in Vermont, so horse players in the state are best served by opening an account with an online racebook. Online racebooks offer the opportunity to wager on races every day from both North American and international tracks, and offer promotions such as future bet wagers and cash back rebates.
When it comes to the best Web-based racebooks, Bovada is recognized as a go-to site for horseplayers for a number of reasons. They offer one of the most comprehensive lists of tracks to wager on, and future bet wagering on big world-wide events such as the Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown and Epsom Derby. They also give handicapping tips for a featured race of the week.
In addition to the convenience of being able to bet horses on a PC or mobile device, racebooks like Bovada help to add to your bottom line with first deposit bonuses, win-or-lose cash back rebates and quite often refer-a-friend promotions.
Vermont Horse Race Tracks
With the legalization of pari-mutual racing in 1959, Vermont saw the opening of Green Mountain Race Track in 1963. For the next 13 years, the track held both thoroughbred and harness racing, but declining revenue led to the end of the thoroughbreds in 1976, with harness racing ending one year later. For several years the track operated as a greyhound racing facility, but that ended in 1992. Since then, the Green Mountain site has played host to a few events such as rock concerts and car shows, but mostly sits abandoned.