The US gambling industry has won a major victory in elections as three states have authorized legal sports betting and three others have either approved or expanded casino gambling.
Atlantic City, NJ – The US gambling industry won a major victory in elections on Tuesday, with three states authorizing legal sports betting and three others either approving or expanding casino gambling.
Maryland, South Dakota and Louisiana approved sports betting. This is a situation in which more than half the country may have legal sports betting by the end of next year, less than three years after a US Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for all 50 states to adopt it, If they choose.
Virginia approved casino gambling at four locations, with Nebraska authorized to add casino games to its horse racing tracks, and Colorado expanded the number and type of casino games, eliminating some wagering limits .
“It appears that Americans are becoming increasingly comfortable with legalized gambling,” said David Schwartz, a gambling historian with the University of Nevada Las Vegas. “The addition of casinos in Virginia and the racetrack casinos in Nebraska indicates casino-style gambling as well. We have reached a point where voters are satisfied that legalizing gambling is positive for their state Will provide benefits. “
The American Gaming Association, the casino industry’s main trade group, praised the expansion votes.
“As a result of successful ballot measures in six gaming states, more Americans will have access to job opportunities, dedicated tax revenue, and safer, regulated entertainment options,” said the organization’s CEO, Bill Miller.
By the end of 2021, legal sports betting may occur in at least 25 states and the District of Columbia.
Voters in four Virginia cities – Bristol, Danville, Portsmouth and Norfolk – approved ballot measures to authorize casinos.
Kaiser Entertainment issued a statement thanking voters for approving the Danville proposal.
CEO Tom Reig said, “We look forward to meeting voters in confidence by bringing 1,300 good-paying jobs, tourism dollars, and economic development to the city, and we’re incredibly excited to start construction.”
In South Dakota, the ballot question allows Deadwood casinos to be added to in-person sports betting. For now, the industry’s largest and fastest growing mobile sports betting will not be allowed.
Sports betting would become legal in Louisiana parishes that approved the measure; More than three-quarters appeared to do so.
Nebraska allowed casino games at racetracks in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Columbus and South Sioux City.
In Colorado, casinos in Central City, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek can overcome limits that limit the maximum bet to $ 100. They will be able to offer new games including baccarat, keno, and a spinning wheel.
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