Whether you are a fan of sports or not, you are sure to know that you can get some action from a sportsbook. Whether you are interested in sports betting in Florida, Ohio, Virginia or Connecticut, there are many options available to you.
Legalized sports betting in Ohio
Currently, Ohio residents can bet on horse races and bingo. But until the Supreme Court’s decision in July 2009 to legalize sports betting, gambling on sports was widely prohibited.
Several states have legalized sports betting since the Supreme Court decision. Currently, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New York are the only states with brick-and-mortar sports betting.
Currently, Ohio has no legal online sports betting. However, this could change in the near future. Those who want to gamble on sports can do so at land-based casinos, sports betting kiosks, or on mobile apps.
Ohio casinos are expected to offer sports betting in the near future. This will allow people to place wagers on professional sports teams, motor sports, tennis, and golf. Also, Ohio will allow betting on in-state collegiate matches.
Legalized sports betting in Virginia
Despite the recent resurgence of legalized gambling in Virginia, it is still a long way from the state’s illustrious past. The neophyte gambler may have to travel some distance to reach the nearest casino. This is where online sports betting comes into play. A few reputable online sportsbooks have sprung up over the past few years, with many more set to open in the near future. A few states like Nevada have already incorporated sports betting into their state-run casinos.
A recent report by Gambling Commission of Virginia estimated that legalized sports betting will generate $400 million in revenue for the state annually. This figure will be apportioned to five cities: Danville, Bristol, Richmond, Northern Virginia, and the Tidewater. The state has already received two dozen applications for sports betting licenses. The state plans to distribute a small percentage of revenues to the local education community, as well as the state general fund.
Legalized sports betting in Florida
Despite the fact that legalized sports betting is legal in 32 states, Florida hasn’t yet become a sports betting hotbed. However, the state could soon be home to one of the most lucrative sports betting operations in the country.
The state is abuzz with legalized sports betting plans, but there are still some kinks to be ironed out. One of the biggest questions is how much the state can afford to pay for sports betting operations. Florida hasn’t had a lot of money to spend on gambling operations in recent years, as the state has been slashing gambling revenues.
Legalized sports betting in Connecticut
Until now, Connecticut had not been able to legalize sports betting. But with an agreement between two tribal nations, the state has now taken the first step towards the legalization of sports betting.
The two tribes, the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans, have been instrumental in the introduction of legal casino games in Connecticut. The Mashantucket Pequots operate the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos. The Mohegans are a federally recognized tribal nation. The tribal governments have many allies in the state’s politics.
After an exhaustive lobbying effort, the legislature finally passed a bill that legalizes sports betting in Connecticut. The bill also permits iGaming and esports betting, which will open up a new avenue for gaming enthusiasts. In addition, the bill allows for the state lottery to provide games online. This is one of the few states that have legalized online gaming.