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This Week in Gambling: The state of sports betting in America

4 March 2021

In an otherwise slow news week, we take the opportunity to bring you an update on sports betting in America. We look at the states where it's legal now, will be legal soon, and where it may never be legal at all. Also, when the pandemic is over, will Las Vegas ever host those famous buffets again?

Did you know that half the states in this country now have legalized sports betting? And another 17 have some legislation in place to regulate the activity. That's a lot! 42 out of 50 states having sports betting! 84% of the states is not too shabby considering this was an industry that was otherwise illegal less than three short years ago. In fact it's now easier to name the eight states that don't have any sports betting activity:

Alaska, California, Idaho, Maine, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah and Wisconsin!Of these eight states there are some that may never have gambling… states like Utah. Of course, we all know Utah has its own set of unique issues. Then there are states that have legalized gambling but not sports betting… states like Oklahoma. And finally there are states where this whole process could take years… states like California where the whole process is held up in political red tape. Of course, California has always been kind of a pain in the ass.

What's really exciting, however, is sports betting in America where states have been regulating the activity for some time, and still continue to see record revenue growth! States like Pennsylvania and Colorado! Plus, there are now larger states which are moving toward regulating betting on sports… states like Texas and Florida! Although neither are likely to pass any sort of legislation this year.

And there are some states with existing sports gambling legislation which are now thinking about expanding. States like Washington and New York.

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