Online Gambling Conversation As PASPA Opens New Doors

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2018 has been an eventful year for the American gambling industry. The strike down of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 has opened up new avenues for those looking to explore new platforms and start fresh ventures.

So far, Nevada, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have been the only three to have completely legalized online gambling and sports betting in the country. Washington DC is in the process of legalizing online gambling, with people in authority working with operators to get the green signal for online platforms and sports websites. Now other states have begun exploring the possibility of legalizing online gambling within their borders.

Starring at the top of this list are the five states of – Michigan, New York, Connecticut, Illinois and West Virginia. All of them intend to legalize iGaming and sports betting by the end of 2019 and the focus is now on ironing out some of the creases that have kept them from going legal.

The State of Connecticut currently has its hands full with the on-going disagreement between the tribes and the OBT & Lottery facilities. With each group claiming it has exclusive control over sports betting in the state, there is no clarity about who will take the final decision regarding legalization. Despite this, the impetus is on legalizing sports betting and not online gambling in Connecticut.

Now comes New York, which has failed for the umpteenth time to legalize online gambling and sports betting. Despite introducing new pro-iGaming legislation to Parliament, the state has seen many legislators making excuses to stall conversation regarding legalization. However, this ever-optimistic state is considering giving legalization another shot in 2019.

Back in Illinois, the state is working full swing to set into motion its very own line of fantasy sports teams. Sports betting has now been combined with online gambling and the idea is to use headwinds from sports bets to fuel the legalization efforts of online gambling.

Michigan’s story is turning out to be similar to California’s when it comes to iPoker. The state is having a touch-and-go experience with the legalization of online poker, what with the newly passed Lawful Internet Gaming Act not yet in enforcement. However, unlike other states, Michigan has on-board with its plans, all the 23 tribal casinos, positioning itself for sure success in 2019.

Finally, there’s West Virginia, which despite coming from a more conservative background, has actually been one of the most forward-thinking states with regards to legalizing online gambling and sports betting. Keeping in view the massive employment opportunities that will come with legalization, West Virginia is steaming ahead by passing multiple bills in favor of iGambling and sports betting.


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