Long thought to be an absolute longshot to introduce casinos, let alone permit online sports betting, the Lone Star State of Texas might have just sniffed the first breezes of change. The casino empire helmed by multi-billionaire owner and GOP megadonor, Sheldon Adelson, is beginning to get serious about bringing casino gaming and sports betting to Texas.
Florida lawmakers have made a move to put legal sports wagering back on the table for the Sunshine State’s potential sports bettors. Tallahassee’s bean counters and revenue number crunchers are fully aware of the economic windfall that legal online gambling has brought to northern states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Indiana, and are keen to cash in, on the back of revenue shortfalls due to the global pandemic.
The battle to legalize online sports in New York State has been going on for years. However, as the Empire State now stares down an enormous budget hole on the back of restrictions related to the global pandemic, the State’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, has for the first time signaled that he is now open to legalize online sports wagering.
The rapidly growing online sports betting industry in Colorado is set to welcome another two new online sportsbooks – 888Sport and Betsson. Given both are big and experienced global operators, they are expected to hit the ground running in the Mile-High State.
Michigan and Virginia look set to prepare the way for several other states to follow in 2021 as they prepare to both launch online sportsbooks. January 2021 is set to be a big month for both states, although the two states will both see it a little differently. Michigan is perhaps a little behind schedule for legal online sports wagering’s launch, while Virginia is way ahead of schedule after the state’s lawmakers legalized the practice only a very short 8 months ago.
After slightly more than 2-and-a-half years of 888Sport presence in its first U.S. legal sports betting market in the state of New Jersey, the company will spread its wings into the Indiana, Colorado and Iowa during the 2021 calendar year.