The gambling business won big in the US elections, as three states legalized sports betting and another three authorized or expanded casinos.
Maryland, South Dakota and Louisiana all approved sports betting. By the end of the year, there would be sports betting in more than half the country, just three years after a Supreme Court ruling paved the way for all 50 states to authorize it if they choose.
Virginia approved casinos in four locations, Nebraska authorized casino games at its racetracks, and Colorado expanded the number and type of casino games on offer, in addition to eliminating some betting limits.
“It appears that the legalization of gambling is gaining increasing acceptance among Americans,” said David Schwartz, a historian of gambling at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. “The aggregate of Virginia casinos and Nebraska racetrack casinos indicate that casino-style gaming is on the rise as well. We have reached a point where voters seem to accept that legal gambling will bring benefits to their states. “
The American Gaming Association, the main business chamber in the sector, celebrated the results.
“As a result of measures passed in six states that support gambling, more Americans will have access to job opportunities, tax income, and safe and regulated options for entertainment close to home,” said Chamber CEO Bill Miller.
By the end of 2021, at least 25 states and Washington capital could have legal bets installed.
Voters in four Virginia towns – Bristol, Danville, Portsmouth, and Norfolk – approved licensing the casinos.
In South Dakota, the vote authorizes Deadwood casinos to add sports betting on site.
Nebraska licensed casinos at the Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Columbus and South Sioux City racetracks.
In Colorado, casinos in Central City, Black Hawk and Cripple Creek will be able to eliminate the $ 100 maximum on wagering and offer new games like baccarat, keno and raffle.