A decision by the Supreme Court means American sports fans will soon have many more places to place legal gambles on the results of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and other games . Legal sports betting could be coming to your state soon. Check to see which states will soon accept online betting again.
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Five states have the edge in the race to decriminalize athletics betting because they already passed laws contingent on the Supreme Court striking down the 1992 federal outlaw on such gamble, which the court did on Monday. And that doesn't include Delaware, which could move quickly to expand the limited legal gambling it has already .
Several other states are likely to follow them in the coming months or years as they seek to capitalize on the economic growth and tax revenue that legal sports betting can bring. Including the four states where some form of sports gambling was already legal, 24 states have at least considered get into business with athletics book operators .
Legal Sports Betting in the US by State
Here's a state-by-state breakdown of where things stand so far for Legal Sports Betting in the US:
Parlay gambles on NFL games are already available in Delaware because it was one of the four states with pre-existing laws authorizing sports betting that were not affected by the federal banning. Delaware tried to legalize bets on individual games in 2009, but that ran afoul of the federal law. With the ban lifted, Delaware has the infrastructure in place through its lottery and US casinos to quickly begin expanding its wagering alternatives. State finance secretary Rick Geisenberger told The Associated Press on Monday that full-scale athletics gambling could be available at Delaware's three casinos by the end of June .
A bill authorizing athletics betting at the state's casinos was approved last year. Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association deputy director Michael Bruffey said Monday that the state's 28 casinos could welcome bettors by the time football season begins. Bruffey told casinoes have been in talks with state regulators about draft rules allowing athletics betting, and that regulators could vote speedily .
The Garden State spend years fighting the sports betting outlaw in court, culminating in its victory on Monday. The parliament has twice passed laws legalizing sports betting, and operators of the Monmouth Park US horse racing track said Monday they'd start taking wagers within two weeks ” unless someone stops us .” The track has the capability of taking gambles almost immediately, but lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy would prefer to pass a bill to regulate sports betting before any athletics books open. Deputy Assembly Speaker John Burzichelli said it will probably be several weeks before a revised bill is enacted .
Voters in 2013 approved a constitutional amendment authorizing commercial casinoes, and that amendment authorized the casinos to open US sports books if the ban were lifted. However, farther legislation is needed before any gambles can be taken, and the legislature is considering several bills that would shape the athletics gambling industry in the state. Major League Baseball, the NBA and casino interests have done intense lobbying in Albany in recent months .
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill last year that authorized sports books at the state's US casinos along with mobile and online sports betting. But gambling industry leaders are skeptical that athletics books will flourish in Pennsylvania because of the bill's taxation provisions: a 36 percent taxation on gambling revenue and a $10 million licensing fee for athletics book operators .
Lawmakers this year approved sports betting at the state's five casinos and on approved mobile apps in the event of a Supreme Court decision repealing the ban. Republican Gov. Jim Justice allowed the bill to become law without his signature and later announced that he'd reached a deal for casinos to pay a fee to professional athletics leagues to help them protect the integrity of their games. Casino operators, however, said the meeting with Justice ended without a deal and that casinos continue to oppose the fee. The leagues had lobbied unsuccessfully for such language to be part of the law .
OTHER States for Legal Sports Betting
Nevada is the only state that currently permits wagers on individual games. In addition to Delaware, Montana and Oregon were already allowed to have athletics betting in a limited form through their state lotteries because of laws that predated the federal outlaw. Montana only offers fantasy football and fantasy racing bets, and Oregon's lottery discontinued its only athletics betting product years ago. Both could now revisit those decisions .
Seven states have active legislation to legalize athletics betting: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Rhode Island and South Carolina. Eight others have considered legalization in recent months or years: Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland and Oklahoma .