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US Sports Betting is Legal, Now What?

June 11, 2018
US sports betting changes

On May 14, 2018, The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) lifted the ban on sports betting. Thereby giving the different states the power to regulate their own sports betting. However, it seems that the US Senate Judiciary Committee wants federal regulation on the matter. The committee intends to hold a hearing to discuss whether there is a need for the federal regulation.

Delaware, The First State to Legalise Sports Betting

The state of Delaware pioneered the legalization of sports betting. Governor John Carney was the first to wager legally on sports when the announcement was made to legalise sports betting in the state.

According to the Department of Finance there was no reason why three casinos couldn’t expand their sports betting facilities. Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway and Casino have started accepting bets.

Before the banning of sports betting, Delaware was already offering parlay betting on professional football. Parlay betting is when you make a single bet that consists of wagering on two or more games.

New Jersey Following Delaware

One would have thought that New Jersey would have been the first to pass laws that allow betting on sports in the state. It is because the state challenged the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in the supreme court. However, they were also finalising their legal take on sports betting.

Last week the state was waiting for the governor to sign the betting bill for it to be official. The reason for taking long to approve the bill was because the lawmakers were ironing out some details.

These included prohibiting professional sports teams owners from getting a license to offer sports betting. Owners such as Tilman Fertitta of Nugget, who owns the Houston Rockets, MGM owns Las Vegas Aces and Joshua Harris of Caesars and owns Philadelphia 76ers.

Is Esports Excluded?

It seems that the New Jersey bill is not working in favour of esports betting. This is because there is no clear indication of whether esports betting is allowed or not. The paragraph that is meant to state whether it is or not is confusing esports operators.

The bill states “A prohibited sports event includes all high school sports betting event, electronic, and competitive video pages but does not include international sports events in which persons age 18 make up a minority of the participants.”


Other states are working on legalising sports betting such as Mississippi. For more news and keeping up with online gambling changes in the United States keep it locked to Best USA Casino Sites.