Iowa’s 19 bricks-and-mortar casinos closed their doors on March 17 and are yet to reopen. More than 18 000 jobs are at stake, and the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission’s revenue report for April 2020 from the state-licensed casinos in the Hawkeye State was littered with zeros.
The good news - sports betting is not dead yet. However, the impact of the global pandemic and the resulting shutdown of the major sporting leagues both in the United States and abroad has bitten hard into the numbers for online sportsbooks across the nation
Colorado lawmakers have defied all expectations and challenges of launching legal sports betting amidst a global health crisis and extreme complications to give the Colorado people exactly what they voted for last November – a legal sports betting industry by May 1 2020.
If the American Gaming Association’s 2019 $150 billion estimate for the illegal sports betting market across the United States was even close to accurate, clearly then, there’s a lot of room for growth in the legal online sports betting sector
Sports betting is still not a reality for fans and sports bettors in the state of Arizona. However, the winds of change are blowing through the Grand Canyon State as Arizona’s lawmakers are looking to jump onboard the sports betting legalization wagon that appears to be gathering speed throughout the United States. Following the stalled sports betting bill of early 2019, now in 2020, there are two bills before the state’s lawmakers that could have more potential than the first attempt to bring legal sports betting to Arizona. In a classic political good-cop-bad-cop dam-busting maneuver, one bill is identical to the 2019 bill (bad cop) while the other is a totally fresh bill (good cop) that appears likely to be Arizona’s opportunity to secure legal sports betting in 2020.
In a vote that expands gambling in the Evergreen State beyond any other moves in more than a decade of legislative change, the Washington State Senate recently approved an emergency bill authorizing sports betting in the State’s Native American tribal casinos.
The unofficial US gaming capital – the state of Nevada - in a historic decision has approved sports betting outlets in the state to accept eSports wagers (initially for CS:GO bets), however, other leagues are also expected to be offered for wagering).
As recently as May 2019, it was widely considered that it might be years before Washington State legalized sports betting in both online and land-based forms after the state’s legislators knocked back three separate bills that sought give sports bettors the legal green light.