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PPA applauds SCOTUS striking down sports wagering prohibition

14 May 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Today, the Poker Players Alliance — the leading poker and internet gaming advocacy group – applauded the ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) that deems the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) as unconstitutional. This decision effectively allows for states to determine whether or not to legalize sports betting. Several states already have laws on the book to allow for sports betting (pending the SCOTUS decision) and many more are currently considering legislation.

“This is a great decision for consumers who for years have had no alternative to wager on sports other than the black market,” said Rich Muny, president of the Poker Players Alliance. “It presents states with the perfect opportunity to establish sensible policies not only to regulate sports wagering, but also other forms of gaming, including internet poker. Whether you are betting on sports or playing poker, lawmakers must make it a priority protect consumers. The states that have already regulated internet poker have proven that it can be done in a way the benefits consumers and governments. It makes sense for states that are eyeing sports betting to also realize the benefit of regulated iPoker and iGaming.”

While the Poker Players Alliance is made up of poker enthusiasts, we know that poker players are also avid sports bettors. In fact, a recent survey revealed that 68% of our members wager on sports and more than 90% support changes to federal and state laws to make sports betting legal.

“Today marks an important date for the future of gaming in the United States. The future of sports betting will continue to rely on internet and mobile technologies, and this is also true for all gaming. Now more than ever, states should take control of unregulated internet poker and sports betting and create systems that protect adult consumers and provide governments with new streams of revenue,” concluded Muny.

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