American Sports Betting Battles in Big States
We’re talking about American sports betting news in two of the biggest states in America, both of which are worth potential billions of dollars in annual revenue! Plus, gambling news from Massachusetts and Kansas, and a look at a new slot machine!
Hello friends, and welcome to This Week in Gambling where we’re following two huge American sports betting stories, both involving big markets… both involving big money… and both involving big operators and tribal gaming! This week’s big stories start on the west coast of the united states where California sports betting may actually become a reality this fall. Voters there will have two ballot initiatives to approve sports betting this November… or not!
The first initiative (Proposition 26) would allow retail sports betting at Tribal casinos and race tracks in the state, and that initiative is supported by Tribal casinos and race tracks! Go figure! The second initiative (Proposition 27) would allow both online and mobile sports betting to take place outside of Tribal casinos! And that initiative is being supported by non-Tribal interests, such as card rooms, online operators, and professional sports leagues! Go figure!!
Of course, the folks in California will have a third option available to them, as both of these ballot initiatives need a majority vote to pass. So if neither gets enough support, there’s the very real possibility that California doesn’t get sports betting at all! We’ll have more on this story as the November elections approach.
Jumping 2,000 miles to the east we land in Florida, where there’s more American sports betting news to discuss! Betting on sports in Florida was regulated there and launched back in May of last year, only to be abruptly shut down by November… and the fighting there continues all the way to today! It’s a complex, convoluted issue that centers around sports betting, Tribal gaming, and where an online bet actually takes place. And now, the Federal government is getting involved, ’cause, ya know… that’ll clear things up!
The Biden Administration is asking the courts to back off and let Florida decide what’s best for Florida sports betting, basically making it a States Rights issue… which is what it should be, and surprisingly good, lucid advice! Well, they were due!
And on a separate note, we have two American sports betting updates. First, in Kansas, betting on sports has been approved for a September launch before the start of the NFL season! While up in Massachusetts, operators say they are ready to go at any time! But, the regulators are not, so we’ll keep an eye on those two states for you.
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And finally this week, as many of you know Lake Mead is located near Las Vegas and its primary water supply. As the lake dries up and water levels slowly drop, some really creepy things are being found, including a World War II era shipwreck, and even human remains! So far, at least five bodies have been found… some of which are suspected to have connections to the Mafia! Authorities say that more bodies could be found over the next several weeks and months as water levels continue to fall. In fact, so many bodies have been found at this point, that even Hillary Clinton is impressed!