The United States is notorious for a couple of reasons, yet none of them have been keeping the sports betting fans down as the PASPA Act of 1992. This act essentially banned sports betting in almost all states. Sports betting was only available in Nevada.
This made lots of fans furious over the last two decades, and as online casinos and sportsbooks started to take over, even casinos started wondering how much more could they profit from having sports betting legalized, and available to everyone with an internet connection.
2018 was an interesting year, one that many sports fans will appreciate in the United States.
New Jersey – A Beacon for Everyone
Even though Delaware was the first state after Nevada to legalize sports betting, it wasn’t until New Jersey joined the two states that every other state started taking sports betting seriously, preparing their own bills.
The way New Jersey legalized sports betting is also notable, as they were supposed to be excluded from the PASPA act of 1992, yet they failed to react in a timely manner, losing sports betting for the next 25 years. Their campaign to legalize sports betting took a long time, about a decade and ended with governor Phil Murphy placing the first bet at the Monmouth Park Racetrack, which is now also a sportsbook. The bet was on Germany to win the World Cup. This took place on June 11, 2018.
Following their example, and that of Delaware, which legalized sports betting 6 days before New Jersey, other states soon followed.
More States Legalizing Sports Betting
Following the example of Delaware and New Jersey, five more states legalized sports betting in 2018.
August 1st, 2018, marked the start of legal sports betting in Mississippi. Four casinos started taking sports bets, namely Biloxi, Tunica Resorts, Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Casino Resort.
Almost a month later, on the 30th of August, West Virginia joined the states with legal sports betting, offering sports betting at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Skip forward a month and a half, October 16th, and New Mexico is the sixth state to legalize sports betting. Sports betting in New Mexico is available at the Santa Ana Star Casino Resort.
Pennsylvania had a sports betting law approved in late 2017, yet it wasn’t until November 15th, 2018 that sports betting was actually legalized. The Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course was the first casino to offer sports betting.
November 21st marked the start of sports betting in Rhode Island, with the Twin River Casino in Lincoln being the first to offer sports betting.
Other states are preparing their laws, at least 17 of them.
The PASPA act of 1992 banned sports betting in all of the United States except a few states like Nevada and others which failed to act on time.
In late 2017, the act was found to be unconstitutional in several aspects, taking power away from the states.
Sports betting is looking to be legalized in almost every state of the United States in the years to come.