Big news for sports betting in the United States. Portugal set to join PokerStars’ European player pool later this month. Find these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.
Sports Betting Gets Huge Boost in the United States
In a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court has ruled 6-3 in favor of states to regulate sports betting. The decision, which nullifies the 1992 PAPSA law that previously restricted states from regulating the practice, could quickly lead to the spread of sports betting in the United States.
Check out David Huber’s in-depth story on Monday’s decision.
A great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions. New Jersey citizens wanted sports gambling and the federal Gov't had no right to tell them no. The Supreme Court agrees with us today. I am proud to have fought for the rights of the people of NJ.
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) May 14, 2018
ESPN Chalk says that 22 states are already moving towards legislation with 9 states that are labeled as “imminent” or have already enacted laws to fast-track legislation.
Although sports betting is the obvious benefactor of today’s decision, it will likely end up having far-reaching implications for other forms of gambling as well, including online poker.
Over the last year, states have been extremely interested in bringing sportsbetting to their states as evidenced by the number of bills that have been introduced in anticipation of a decision by the Supreme Court. Although any sports betting legislation may be limited to brick and mortar establishments, online poker could easily ride on the coattails of progress in a particular state.
If you're first thought on the SCOTUS sports betting decision was, "what about online poker?" Realize that up until today, PASPA prohibited states from legalizing sports betting. There is no such prohibition on online poker. Sports joined poker as a state level decision.
— Steve Ruddock (@SteveRuddock) May 14, 2018
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