2018 is a New Year for Sports Betting in the US
Imagine living in the United States and wanting to place a sports bet, but being unable to do so unless you were in Nevada. That would be terrifying to any European who loves sports betting. Well, that is the reality for many US citizens, or technically, it was until 2018.
This year saw a big change in the legality of sports betting in the US. Some states have opted to legalize sports betting and have taken action to do so. As the situation is changing, here is an updated list of the states in the US which have legalized sports betting.
Following the enactment of the PASPA act in 1992, New Jersey was one of the states that could’ve been excluded from the act but failed to do so in the appropriate time frame. This left many New Jersey citizens bitter and after 26 years, sports betting became legal in 2018.
The way this came to be is through the work of governor Phil Murphy, who placed the first legal sports bet in the history of New Jersey. He bet on Germany winning the World Cup. The first bet was placed on June 14th, 2018. This bet took place in Monmouth Park in Oceanport. After the governor placed his bet, people rushed after him to place their own bets. Other places in New Jersey where you can place bets are Atlantic City, in the Borgata and Ocean casino.
Delaware wanted to legalize sports betting for a long time, but they only managed to do so recently, on June 5th, 2018. While many saw this decision as being possibly detrimental to the state’s economy, others have rushed to place their bets, as one might expect. Three casinos have legalized sports betting, Delaware Park, Harrington Raceway and Casino and Dover Downs.
Early in 2018, West Virginia wanted to legalize sports betting in their own state. They did so in August of 2018. Sports betting in West Virginia is overseen by the West Virginia Lottery Commission. Unfortunately for many sports enthusiasts, the only place where they can actually place legal sports bets in West Virginia is the Hollywood Casino. Four other properties are viable to offer sports betting, namely the Wheeling Island Hotel, Mountaineer Casino, Mardi Gras Casino and the Casino Club at the Greenbrier.
This state also joined the ranks of states which offer legalized sports betting in the United States. This took place on August 1st. As with West Virginia, an authority figure such as the Mississippi Gaming Commission oversees sports betting in Mississippi. As of now, there are four casinos where sports betting is legal in Mississippi and those are Beau Rivage and Gold Strike, Sam’s Town and Horseshoe and IP Casino. 30 other places are eligible to get a sports betting license in Mississippi.
Pennsylvania actually legalized sports betting in 2017 but the law became active once the PASPA act was repealed. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is responsible for overseeing sports betting in Pennsylvania.
There are no land casinos that you can bet at in Pennsylvania but you can bet online provided you are within the state’s borders.
With the repeal of the PASPA act, more and more states are looking to legalize sports betting and make a lot of punters happy.