Nevada Sports Betting

Nevada legalized sports gambling in 1949 alongside live and off-track horse betting. It was the first state to regulate sports betting, which had previously functioned under organized crime syndicates. It was the only nation to do this until recently.

Congress passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 1992, which illegal prospective state growth of sports gambling. Nevada was grandfathered in, so it was essentially handed a legal US monopoly on single-game wagering.

States finally started to challenge that federal ban, however, spearheaded by New Jersey lawmakers and Gov. Chris Christie. Beginning with voter approval in 2011, NJ tried to pass laws that would have legalized sports betting at casinos and racetracks. Sports leagues — the NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, and MLB — filed suit against the country to obstruct the efforts, but citing a violation of PASPA.

The ensuing legal battle escalated all the way into the US Supreme Court, eventually reaching a resolution on May 14, 2018. The vast majority of those nine-member court ruled the PASPA commandeers states in violation of the Tenth Amendment, striking the ban from the books.

As a result, Nevada’s US monopoly on sports betting has seen its last days. Eight other countries offer you a vast choice of legal sports bets.

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