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Valley Sports Books React as Supreme Court Opens Door for Nationwide Sports Betting

Fox5, May 14, 2018, by Eric Hilt

The Supreme Court made a historic decision on sports betting on Monday, striking down the federal law that banned bets on sports in every state but Nevada. The 6-3 decision opens the door for other states to legalize sports betting and create their own industry.

“This is a huge decision,” Westgate Superbook’s Jay Kornegay said.

The ruling struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which Congress passed in 1992 to prevent states from legalizing sports betting. Nevada was exempt from law, since it had already created a sports betting industry.

“America likes sports and betting together. Sports and betting have gone together for thousands of years, this will take off,” gaming attorney Dennis Gutwald said. Before practicing law, Gutwald was an investigator for the Nevada Gaming Commission.

“Over the next few months, within the next year, I could see bets being taken outside of Nevada,” Gutwald said.

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