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While we often look to the Supreme Court with a bit of disdain for their formerly liberal antics, American sports fans will have something to cheer about, thanks to the highest court in the land.

Americans have a funny relationship with the idea of gambling.  Puritanically, the idea of losing it all for the endorphin rush of risk is so repulsively selfish that it defies logic.  This has caused a great many religious and faith-filled leaders to denounce it wholly, and this in turn has transformed into political pressure to limit and regulate any and all forms of cash-dependent gaming.

Through a long and convoluted history thereafter, we arrive at today.  In Las Vegas and Atlantic City, gambling is wide open, making these two distant cities the de facto tourist destinations for Americans who wish to gamble.  Smattered in between we find some gambling establishments operated by First Nations People.

The majority of Americans who do gamble don’t do it in any of these places, however, opting instead to risk a little bit here and there in weekly sports-gambling leagues via the internet.  Now, thanks in part to the prevalence of apps like FanDuel, sports gambling may go mainstream.

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The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) moved to allow the state of New Jersey to legalize sports betting at its racetracks and casinos, on Monday. The new rule could open sports gambling in up to 46 states.

The 7-2 SCOTUS ruling in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Associationshot downfederal rules that prohibited sports gambling in most U.S. states. The case was brought to the high court after the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that a New Jersey law allowing gambling violated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), Sports Illustrated reported.

Many states, including New Jersey, have been eyeing sports gambling as a new source of tax revenue, but until now federal rules have stood in the way.

While many state legislatures are pleased with the new ruling, the major professional leagues have taken a stance against the growth of sports gambling and filed several lawsuits against New Jersey to try and stop its move towards enlarging gambling.

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Similar fights occurred just last decade in regard to online poker, which was first made illegal in the U.S. before the physical computer servers used to facilitate the games moved to non-extraditing countries.

Soon, major banks in the U.S. were afraid to do business with these gambling sites, virtually cutting off any possibility of cashing in on our Texas Hold’Em skills anywhere near Texas.

 

 

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