Virginia Lawmakers Hoping for Decision Regarding Skill Games in 2022

The US Gambling industry reached new heights in 2021, breaking the record for highest annual revenue in just 10 months. A big part of the recent success has been due to an increase in sports betting. Many states jumped at the chance to legalize sports betting after the US Supreme Court overturned PASPA in 2018. As a result, several states also took this an opportunity to reevaluate their gambling laws in general.

Not every state has been as keen to allow widespread gambling. Virginia, for instance, is still working to get the state’s first casinos up and running. During the pandemic, the commonwealth only temporarily allowed skill gaming terminals throughout the state. The skill gaming terminals were originally legalized with hopes of providing a new source of income during the pandemic.

Virginia earned money from the fees on the gaming terminals. In total, the state raked in $130 million from legal terminals. The order legalizing the skill gaming terminals expired on July 1st. Since the order expired, the terminals were technically banned again.The legality of the ban on the terminals has been called into question. A county judge in Virginia granted a temporary injunction against the ban. As a result, the skill gaming terminals are legal, for now.

There is also no regulatory body overseeing the terminals. When the ban was temporarily lifted, Virginia’s Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) was in charge of the terminals. However, the terminals were removed from ABC oversight when the ban was put back in place at the beginning of July.

The Argument for Legalizing Skill Games

Those opposing the ban on skill-based gaming machines are claiming the state does not have the right to issue the ban in the first place. Former NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler owns several Sadler Brothers Oil stores throughout the state. Sadler opposed the ban on the grounds that it violates the first amendment. Earlier this month, A Greensville County judge ruled in Sadler’s favor.

Sadler and other opponents of the ban argue that the terminals are similar to arcade games. The terminals require that players physically interact with them and have a skill component. Players have the ability to influence the outcome based on their skill level. According to Sadler and his supporters, that qualifies the entertainment machines for first amendment protection.

The machines themselves are good sources of income for both the state and the stores that offer them. Sadler has rallied support among the other small business owners that want to continue to use the machines. At a hearing in September, over 50 small business and convenience store owners were present to support Sadler.

Virginians’ fight to reinstate skill games has been ongoing for years. Prior to 2020, similar skill games had been allowed in the commonwealth. However, lawmakers banned the machines to make way for new casinos to be built in Virginia. Banning the machines eliminated competition for the new businesses. Many of Sadler’s supports had been using the previously legal machines for years. In some cases, small business owners had been using the machines for decades.

Why Some Virginia Lawmakers Oppose Legalized Skill Games

Sadler and other proponents of the gaming machines have the support of many small businesses throughout the commonwealth. However, that may not be enough. Those opposing the skill gaming machines are the ones making the laws in the commonwealth. State attorneys are appealing to Virginia’s supreme court to overturn the injunction.

Representatives of the state have pushed backed against Sadler’s argument regarding citizens’ first amendment rights. The defense argues that the skill gaming machines are illegal on the grounds that they offer cash prizes. They also argue that the small businesses that operate the machines are concerned with their profits, not their civil liberties. Ironically enough, profit could be one of the major reasons Virginia lawmakers keep fighting to put the ban back in place.

The initial ban on the machines in 2020 coincided with the construction of four brick-and-mortar casinos in Virginia. When the ban was temporarily lifted for pandemic relief, the commonwealth received income in the form of fees. There are no such fees in place under the current injunction. The machines themselves would also offer more competition for the casinos if they were allowed to continue to operate.

Another issue facing Sadler and his supporters is that the ban on gaming machines was passed with bipartisan support in both houses. It is, unfortunately, a rare sight to see Democrats and Republicans work toward a common goal these days. Their mutual opposition to skill gaming machines could spell trouble for Sadler.

The current injunction is in place until May 2022, but the issue could be resolved before then. Virginia’s General Assembly meets in January and legislators are pushing to resolve the issue then.

Conclusion

Small businesses in Virginia earned a major, if temporary, win this month. Greensville County Judge Louis Lerner ruled earlier this month that the commonwealth’s ban on skill gaming machines was unconstitutional. As a result, businesses are allowed to operate the machines for the time being.

Skill-based gaming machines were legal in Virginia until 2020 when the legislature banned them. The ban was temporarily lifted as part of COVID-19 pandemic relief measures. Despite earning $130 million from the fees imposed on the machines, lawmakers allowed the ban to be reinstated on July 1st.

Proponents of the gaming machines have argued that the state’s ban is a violation of the US constitution. According to those opposing the ban, the machines are similar to arcade games and should be treated as such. Many small businesses throughout the state had been using the gaming machines for decades prior to the ban.

Lawmakers that oppose the skill gaming machines see things a little differently. They are arguing that businesses are more concerned with the profits they earn from the machines, not their civil rights.

The injunction is in place until spring of 2022, but it could be addressed long before then. Lawmakers meet again in January and the status of the gaming machines will likely be on the agenda.

The Push to Change Georgia’s Gambling Laws Continues

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Georgia is well-known for having some of the strictest gambling regulations in the country. If some lawmakers get their way, that will soon change. New reports indicate there is once again a real push to change Georgia’s gambling laws in the near future.

Many residents here support this move. Others feel it’s unnecessary. Now is a great time to talk about how and when things could begin to shift for Georgia’s gambling industry.

Let’s get into it!

More Bills to Change Georgia’s Gambling Laws are Set to be Presented

The state of Georgia has been against the gambling industry for many years. Historically speaking, the state’s leaders have pushed against allowing any new gambling options to become available. In recent years, gaming advocates have pushed for a change, arguing that more regulated gambling options will help to bring the state valuable revenue.

At least one gambling bill has been presented in Georgia every year over the past decade. All of these bills have been shut down. Some feel that 2022 could be different. A growing number of powerful individuals now support the move to change Georgia’s gambling laws.

The General Assembly in Georgia has begun to prepare for its legislative session to begin in January. Gambling advocates are expected to present four different bills here in 2022. Most of these focus on finally allowing regulated land-based casinos to operate in the state.

Many lawmakers point to the money being lost to other states with gambling industries set in place. North Carolina, for example, seems to be attracting many gambling fans to several of its properties. That includes Harrah’s Cherokee Casino-Resort.

32 different lobbyists in Georgia seem determined to make some major changes here. If these individuals get their way, Georgie may welcome several casinos within the next couple of years.

Will Georgia Soon Legalize Sports Betting?

More than half the United States now has a legal sports betting industry set in place. This is all thanks to the US Supreme Court’s removal of PASPA back in May of 2018. This decision immediately allowed every state in the country to legalize and regulate its own sports betting industry.

Georgia is one of the states yet to formally approve any sports betting bills. That isn’t a surprise when considering how anti-gambling most of the lawmakers here are. Georgia is home to a massive sporting fan base, however, and most analysts feel that having legal sports betting options available would help to bring the state a huge amount of tax revenue.

Senate Resolution 135, a recently presented bill that would expand Georgia’s gambling laws, made considerable progress in 2021. Many take this as a sign that things will change in 2022. Sports betting has become widely accepted around the US and it would not be a surprise to see a specific sports gambling bill gain the Governor’s approval next year.

Many sports betting supports want to see online sportsbooks become available in Georiga. Interestingly, many of these officials are not in support of seeing any retail sportsbooks launch in this state. This would be a similar situation to the one Tennessee finds itself in.

2022 is shaping up to be a massive year for the entire US gambling industry. It seems that both casinos and sports betting could become legal in Georgia sometime in the next twelve months. Stay tuned for updates!

More States Prepare to Launch Their First Sportsbooks

Georgia is far from the only state to recently update its gambling regulations. Throughout 2021, a huge number of states have been working hard to launch their first sportsbooks. Over the next couple of months, several states will succeed in doing so.

Connecticut announced today that a soft launch of its first sportsbooks will take place tomorrow, October 12. This state legalized sports betting back in May of 2021 and has been preparing to launch its first sports betting platforms on October 7. Officials here have been working hard to agree on specific regulations for this industry ever since.

A seven-day soft launch from the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Mohegan Tribe, and Mashantucket Pequot Tribe will begin tomorrow. Assuming everything goes well, statewide online sports betting will become available. Several major sports betting operators are eagerly waiting for their first sportsbooks to launch here.

Florida is another state working to get its sports betting industry off the ground. Legal disputes between various pari-mutuel companies and the Seminole Tribe have led to delays doing so. Hope is that Florida’s first sportsbooks launch before the end of October.

Do you expect Georgia’s gambling laws to change next year? Will sports betting become available here soon? Let us know in the comments section below.

Several Companies are Pushing to Legalize Casinos in Georgia!

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Georgia is well-known for having some of the strictest gambling laws in the country. Over the years, many have been pushing for lawmakers here to make changes to these laws. One prominent group of gambling companies are now pushing to legalize casinos in Georgia!

A growing number of residents support this move. It would likely help to bring Georgia a huge amount of tax revenue every single month. Today, we will talk about what needs to happen for casinos to become legal here.

Let’s get into it!

US Casino Revenue Jumped Considerably in June

It’s been more than a year since most casinos around the US reopened to the public. Since that time, the US land-based casino industry has been slowly recovering. Tourism to major gambling hubs has been increasing and revenue has been steadily rising.

Many states recently released their casino revenue reports for the month of June. The majority of these states saw a major jump in their revenue figures. It’s great news for the various casino companies across the country.

New Jersey set a new monthly gambling revenue record this June. Combined GGR came out to $392.8 million last month. The land-based casinos in this state managed to bring in $214.5 million. $154.1 million was earned from slots and $60.4 came from table games.

Mississippi is known for having one of the largest casino industries in the Southern US. In June, the casinos here managed to bring in $147 million in total gross gaming revenue. That is a new monthly revenue record for the state.

Not every state’s casino industry saw such a large increase in gambling revenue. Massachusetts and Louisiana both ended up seeing revenue drops last month. Most analysts expect things to turn around in these states in July, though.

Georgia is one of the few states without any legal casinos. It now appears that there is another major push to finally allow Class III gambling venues in this state. Here’s what we know about this situation.

More Gaming Companies Push to Legalize Casinos in Georgia

Gambling regulations vary widely across the country. Places like Nevada and New Jersey are known for their liberal take towards the gaming industry. Others states such as Georgia are known for their intense, restrictive laws towards all forms of gambling.

Casinos have been prohibited in Georgia for decades. Many residents and lawmakers here have complained about this fact. Allowing casino gambling, they argue, would help to bring the state an incredible amount of revenue every single month.

Reports surfaced this week claiming that a group of several companies is now pushing to legalize casinos in Georgia. Major gaming companies including Caesars Entertainment, Bally’s Corporation, Hard Rock International, and Wynn Resorts are all pushing for this change. These companies (and others) have formed their own lobbying group in an attempt to change the state’s gambling laws in 2022.

This is likely the most intense effort to allow casinos in Georgia to date. The group claims that revenue from legal casinos would help to revive the HOPE Scholarship Program in the state, as well as bring money to various other education projects. Atlanta commercial real estate executive Rick Lackey spoke about a possible vote on this issue to the media this week.

“It would be a vote against $5 billion in brick-and-mortar construction and 50,000 new jobs in Georgia,” Lackey said. 

Gambling fans in Georgia are likely happy to hear about this new effort to allow casinos. There will be major pushback, though. Georgia is home to a huge number of anti-gambling groups that are expected form their own counter-lobbying effort.

There is a chance that gambling laws in Georgia will change in the future. Could sports betting become legal in Georgia at some point soon, too?

When Will Georgia Legalize Sports Gambling?

The US sports gambling industry has been expanding rapidly over the past few years. More than half the states across the country have a legal sports betting industry up and running. Most of these states are earning a huge amount of revenue, as a result.

Most of the lawmakers in Georgia have shown little interest in getting sports gambling up and running. It’s a shame when considering how many sports fans are living here. Most analysts believe Georgia could develop one of the most profitable sports gambling industries in the country.

The same group pushing to legalize casinos in Georgia is also working hard to allow sports betting in this state. Several of the major sports franchises in Atlanta may show support for this move. These franchises likely recognize their own potential for revenue earnings with legal sports betting available.

One mobile sports betting bill made it all the way through the Senate in Georgia this year. Unfortunately, it failed to progress any further. Some believe that 2022 is the year this form of gambling finally becomes available in Georgia.

It seems there could be some major changes taking place here. Several powerful companies are working hard to allow gambling in the state. We’ll be sure to offer updates on this situation over the next few months!

Do you think this group will manage to legalize casinos in Georgia? Let us know in the comments section below!

Ron DeSantis Approves New Gambling Rules in Florida

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Florida is known for having a fairly strict set of gambling regulations. For years, certain officials here have been pushing to change these regulations. It seems that some progress is being made. Reports have confirmed that Governor Ron DeSantis has approved new gambling rules in Florida.

Many are excited to see these new measures passed. Of course, it will take time for anything to really change here. Now is a great time to look at what new gambling options could soon become available in the state.

Let’s get into it!

More States Report Increases in Gambling Revenue

The United States is beginning to see some major improvements in regards to the Covid-19 crisis. Over the past few months, infection rates have begun to drop around the country. Hospitalizations are down and vaccine distribution continues to ramp up.

As this situation improves, states are seeing their economies ramping back up. Travel has begun to increase around the country. Many businesses that rely on tourism are seeing their revenue figures increase.

That is certainly the case with casinos around the country. For months last year, the country’s entire land-based gambling industry was shut down. Things began to reopen over the summer, yet gaming revenue has remained extremely low for almost a year.

Casinos have begun to report major increases in their revenue numbers. Over in Las Vegas, tourism numbers are surging and casino-resorts are seeing huge jumps in their visitation rates. This is expected to increase further after the casinos here will be able to operate at 100% capacity in June.

Many states have recently begun to expand their gambling options. The massive amount of revenue being earned from this industry is becoming too attractive to pass on. It’s an exciting time for gambling fans around the country.

There has been a serious push to update Florida’s gambling regulation in recent years. Here’s what you need to know about this situation.

Gov. DeSantis Approves New Gambling Rules in Florida

Florida is one of the most populated states in the country. Many lawmakers and residents here have been pushing to expand the state’s gambling regulations for years. It hasn’t been easy due to the major pushback by the more conservative officials here.

Things have begun to change recently. A growing number of leaders in the state have been in negotiations with the Seminole Tribe on ways to expand gambling options in the state. At the moment, this tribe controls much of Florida’s gambling operations.

A major breakthrough was achieved this week. News has confirmed that Ron DeSantis has approved new gambling rules in Florida. If all goes according to plan, this could help to bring legalized sports betting to the state. First, it will need to be approved by the state legislature.

The new measures would allow both online and land-based sports betting in Florida. A 21 year age requirement would be set for sports betting here. The plan from DeSantis would also expand the number of casino options that the Seminole Tribe could offer.

Not everyone is on board with this idea. John Sowinski, a prominent anti-gambling voice in the state, spoke to the media and claims the decision to make new gambling rules in Florida should come down to a public vote.

“We call on the governor and our legislators to honor the will of the people, who demanded that any new casino gambling authorization occur at the ballot box, not behind closed doors in Tallahassee,” he said. “We are committed to defending the integrity of Florida’s Constitution, and ensuring that the will of the people is respected.”

Several steps are still needed to make changes here. Stay tuned for updates over the next few months!

Sports Betting Continues to Grow More Popular

Compared to most other countries, the United States’ sports betting industry is still in its infancy. It wasn’t until 2018 that any state other than Nevada was allowed to legally offer sports gambling options. With PASPA now gone, more than half the country has already approved sports gambling legislation.

This form of gambling is growing more popular every single year. As a result, states are seeing massive revenue figures coming in. Some, of course, are seeing more money from this industry coming in than others.

February ended up being a fairly unsuccessful month for the country’s sports betting industry. A large number of winning Super Bowl wagers led to handle decreases for many states. Things bounced back in a big way in March.

Several states posted large increases in sports betting revenue last month. Most analysts expect to see the same in April. It’s an exciting time for the industry and proves that the US is now home to the biggest sports betting market in the world.

It may not be long before states like California and Texas legalize sports gambling. Lawmakers in both of these states have been working with other state leaders on the issue. Even Florida seems close to getting its sports betting industry operational.

Are you excited to hear about the new gambling rules in Florida being approved? Do you think sports betting will become available here in 2021? Let us know in the comments section below!

A Great New Sportsbook in Colorado is Set to Launch

The popularity of sports betting is growing every single month in the United States. More states are now choosing to legalize this popular form of gambling. According to new reports, a fantastic new sportsbook in Colorado will be launching later this year.Colorado Flag Picture

Many analysts predict that Colorado will have an extremely successful sports betting industry. Today, we’re going to look at the road to sports gambling legalization here. We’ll also look at which sports betting company is entering this state.

Let’s get into it!

Colorado Lawmakers Legalize Sports Betting

Just a few years ago, the only state in the country that could legally offer sports betting was Nevada. It was frustrating for many other state leaders who recognized how much revenue could be earned from this industry. Eventually, these officials decided to argue their opinion in court.

In May of 2018, the Supreme Court decided to remove PASPA. This immediately allowed every state in the country to set its own laws on sports gambling. Within weeks, states like New Jersey and Delaware announced that sports betting was now legal.

The states with legal sports gambling options began earning serious revenue. As a result, more state leaders began looking into the possibility of regulating sports betting. Even states known for their harsh gambling laws are starting to embrace this industry.

Since PASPA was struck down, lawmakers in Colorado began pushing to allow sports betting. Eventually, a bill was approved in the House and Senate. It then went to a public vote and was approved by the masses in November of 2019.

It’s extremely exciting for sports fans here. As most are well-aware, Colorado is home to several major sports teams. This state should manage to earn a huge amount of revenue from this newly-legalized industry.

A Great New Sportsbook in Colorado is Opening This Year

For obvious reasons, Colorado is a very exciting new sports betting market for many companies. Several of the country’s top sports gambling operators have already expressed a desire to break into this state. This week, news broke of another major sportsbook that’s set to open here.

This company, called SuperBook, has announced that it’s expanding to the Black Hawk’s Lodge Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado. Those who are familiar with this company are already getting excited. SuperBook currently operates the biggest sportsbook in Las Vegas.

The SuperBook is located at the Las Vegas Westgate Hotel. It’s 30,000 square feet and features the largest sports video wall in the city. This company is now teaming up with Jacobs Entertainment to break into the Colorado market.

JJ Garcia, vice president of operations for The Lodge, spoke about this new partnership to the media this week.

“Having Jay Kornegay lead this exciting opportunity is an added benefit Colorado fans are sure to appreciate,’’ he said. 

Jay Kornegay, the leader of this casino’s sports betting operations, is also optimistic about the future.

“We believe The Lodge is a perfect fit for our initial expansion opportunities outside Las Vegas,’’ he said. 

Initially, the new sportsbook in Colorado was set to open on May 1st. Due to new restrictions, this opening date is now being pushed back.

When Will the US Sports Industry Open Back Up?

Over the past month, the entire US professional sports industry has been turned upside down. This is due to the spread of a new coronavirus called Covid-19. This virus has a unique ability to spread and as a result, all professional sports have been forced to suspend their operations.

It’s unclear when this will change. At the moment, states around the country are seeing their infection rates increase rapidly. New York, in particular, is experiencing a huge surge in both infections and deaths.

As long as infections are increasing, sports leagues will remain closed down. This is hurting the sports betting industry, and some sportsbooks in major cities are now in danger of shutting down permanently.

Several leagues have looked at plans to get around these regulations. This includes the MLB, which is considering holding all games inside the same venue. Even the UFC has been forced to close down, despite the company’s attempts to keep things rolling.

Eventually, things will get back to normal. This will be exciting for states with legal sports betting options. We’ll need to wait and see how successful the new sportsbook in Colorado ends up being.

Stay tuned for more Colorado sports betting news over the next few weeks!

Florida’s Casino Industry is Still Up and Running

As Covid-19 spreads all around the world, more states are forcing their casinos to close down. For now, lawmakers in Florida are not setting these regulations. Florida’s casino industry is still up and running, despite more cases of the coronavirus popping up.Florida

Exactly how long these gambling venues will be able to keep operating is unknown. Florida’s state government may soon force these casinos to shut down. Let’s take a look at what exactly is happening here.

More Cases of Covid-19 Are Being Reported in Florida

The new coronavirus has now officially infected individuals in all 50 US states. Infection rates are beginning to skyrocket and many fear that our healthcare system will soon be put under intense strain. As time goes on, more cases of Covid-19 are beginning to emerge in Florida.

More than 280 Florida residents have tested positive for the virus. Many believe the true number is considerably higher, though. Just hours ago, news broke that the first death from the coronavirus in Northeast Florida has taken place.

Lawmakers in the state are taking a more lenient approach than many others, though. For reasons unknown, Florida is still allowing major beaches to stay open to the public. Bans on large public gatherings have not been announced here.

Every hour, it seems like more cases are emerging in this state. This is likely to continue for the next few weeks. Unless significant changes are made, Florida will continue to experience a major surge in Covid-19 cases.

Florida’s casino industry has seen its fair share of problems, yet it continues to operate. Here’s how gambling venues here are responding to the situation.

Florida’s Casino Industry Continues to Operate

Florida is home to many casinos. Some are racinos, and others are major Class III venues owned and operated by Native American tribes. The Seminole Tribe, which owns Hard Rock International, controls several major casinos in the state.

One of the biggest is the Seminole Casino Hotel. This massive venue, located in Immokalee, draws in many visitors from around the state. Not long ago, however, a man who visited this venue ended up passing away from Covid-19.

That isn’t stopping this property from operating. The Seminole Casino Hotel is continuing to run its operations. In fact, most of Florida’s casino industry is continuing to run as if nothing unusual is happening.

Not every casino is taking this approach, though. This week, two South Florida casinos announced they were officially closing their doors to the public. The Casino at Dania Beach and the Big Easy Casino have voluntarily closed their doors.

It seems very likely that the state will shut these venues down. Infection rates in Florida continue to increase. Soon, lawmakers here will have no other option than to close down all gambling establishments.

More States Are Forcing Casinos to Close

At the moment, Florida’s casino industry is continuing to operate. Many other states are taking a different approach. Casinos around the country are now being forced to shut down.

This includes Las Vegas. Yesterday, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that all casinos in the state are now being shut down. This is devastating to Las Vegas, which relies heavily on its gambling industry for revenue.

New York has also closed down its casino industry. Most of the gaming venues here are in Upstate New York. Governor Cuomo is not announcing when these casinos will be allowed to resume operations.

Online gambling is growing more popular every day in the US. Even Florida casino sites are growing extremely popular. Many of these websites offer even more gambling options than the top land-based casinos in the state.

Florida’s casino industry is still up and running. Don’t expect this to last for much longer, though. Soon, online casino gambling will be the only option available here.

Stay tuned for more Florida casino news over the next few months!

Connecticut’s Gambling Industry Set for Major Expansion

Connecticut isn’t typically thought of as a gambling hub. Fortunately, lawmakers here have taken a fairly relaxed approach to the gaming industry. A major new piece of legislation has recently been introduced here, meaning Connecticut’s gambling industry may soon expand dramatically.Flag Of Connecticut

It’s extremely exciting for both casino and sports betting fans in the state. Lawmakers here clearly recognize the massive revenue potential from the gambling industry. Today, we’re going to look at the state’s current laws, and talk about how they might evolve over the next year or two.

Current Gambling Laws in Connecticut, Explained

As we already mentioned, Connecticut is thought of today as a pretty liberal state when it comes to gambling. Today, most traditional forms of gambling are perfectly legal here. A couple of popular land-based casinos operate in this state, one of which is located in Ledyard and the other in Uncasville.

Both of these casinos are run by Native American tribes. These tribes were given permission to open the gambling venues after the Supreme Court passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in the late 1980s. They now pay 25% of their slot revenue to the state.

For years, tribal leaders in Connecticut have been pushing to open a new casino in East Windsor. Unfortunately, the state has pushed against these plans, pointing out the fact that East Windsor is not sovereign land. It’s a complicated issue that continues today.

Certain lawmakers in this state have also been pushing to allow sports betting. Since May of 2018, every state in the country has been able to set its own laws on sports gambling. As of now, more than 20 states have chosen to legalize this form of gambling.

Expanded casino and sports betting laws are now officially being considered in Connecticut. If everything plays out correctly, Connecticut’s gambling industry is going to expand significantly.

Legislation to Expand Connecticut’s Gambling Industry is Introduced

More states are beginning to look closer at their set of gambling laws. Ever since PASPA was removed, lawmakers across the country have begun to realize how much revenue can be obtained through legal sports betting and casino gambling options. This is now the case with Connecticut, as well.

This week, members of the Senate Democratic majority began pressuring Governor Ned Lamont to expand Connecticut’s gambling industry. These Senate leaders officially endorsed a piece of legislation that would allow the state’s Native American tribes to offer sports betting inside casinos.

The bill would also allow for a new casino to be constructed in Bridgeport.

Lawmakers here pushed for this gambling expansion plan last year. Unfortunately, Governor Lamont struck these plans down. Senator Cathy Osten drafted this year’s legislation and believes that it will benefit the state in the long run. Senator Dennis Bradley agrees.

“This is about making sure that moving forward, everybody has a slice of the pie, that we don’t put people against each other,” Bradley said. 

Lamont and his team have not yet commented on the new plans. We’ll need to wait and see if he offers any objections over the next few months.

Online Casino Options Are Already Available in Connecticut

There are a huge number of individuals that are eagerly awaiting online gambling to become regulated in Connecticut. Many are unaware that internet casino options are already available! Some of the best US casino sites are already operating in Connecticut and most offer a massive range of wagering options.

None of Connecticut’s laws state that it’s illegal to play casino games online. The casino websites here are unregulated by the state government, yet the majority of them are perfectly safe and offer a variety of payment options.

The legislation introduced this week has the power to expand Connecticut’s gambling industry significantly. Interestingly, there’s a section of the bill that will allow for online casino games to be offered. If approved, the tribes will be able to provide internet casino gambling options to Connecticut players.

It seems very likely that sports betting will be approved here soon, as well. Most of the states with legal sports betting options are earning millions of dollars a month from the industry. Connecticut wants a piece of that action.

This is a very exciting time for gambling fans in this state. Make sure to stay tuned for updates over the next few months!