The Push to Open a Casino at Atlanta Motor Speedway Continues

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The state of Georgia is known for having some of the strictest gambling laws in the United States. Many want this to change, though. There’s been a recent push to expand the state’s gambling industry. There’s even a push to open a casino at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

This is now looking more likely. Some state officials here believe that this new casino would help boost tourism and revenue in the state. Today, we’re going to give an update on this exciting new casino plan.

Let’s get into it!

There’s Only One Month Left of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series

NASCAR remains one of the most popular sports around the US. Back in March, news broke that this stock car racing league was officially shutting down. It was disappointing news, as the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series was already well underway.

Finally, in May, NASCAR resumed its operations. It was exciting news for the millions of fans around the world. There are some major changes set in place during this season, yet it’s managed to go on without any major issues.

There’s now only one month left in the Cup Series. We’re currently in round 12 of the Cup Championship. Things are extremely competitive right now heading into the Bank of America Roval 400. Many are now flocking to different betting sites to place their bets on the season’s winner.

Bovada, one of the best online sportsbooks in the US, is offering odds on which driver manages to win the 2020 Drivers Championship. At the moment, Kevin Harvick is listed as the betting favorite to win at +175. Denny Hamlin is listed next at +225. Want to go with an underdog? Consider a bet on Joey Logano with odds of +1200.

It’s been a fascinating Cup Series this year. The final race of the season is set to take place on November 8th. Now, many are interested in whether or not the Atlanta Motor Speedway will receive a major upgrade next year.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

More Details On the Casino at Atlanta Motor Speedway Are Coming Out

Prior to 2020, the US casino industry was thriving. Gambling destinations around the country saw massive revenue earnings and new casinos were quickly being constructed. This year, however, the casino industry has taken a massive hit.

At the start of 2020, plans were unveiled to open a new casino at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was a major surprise for many to hear. Georgia is known for having extremely harsh laws towards the gambling industry and lawmakers have pushed against opening a real casino.

Many now feel this casino would help to benefit the state. The current plan is to construct it directly next to the race track. Speedway Motorsports president and CEO Marcus Smith claims he’s working to obtain a license for this new gambling venue.

“That is a big hope for us,” Smith said. “We’re working in the state of Georgia on the gaming license opportunity, and it’s of course taking longer than we would like and a lot of other people that have been working on it, but we’re hopeful for that. We also think that Atlanta Motor Speedway is a fantastic racetrack, and the drivers and fans have always given it high reviews. So we are optimistic about NASCAR at Atlanta and the Atlanta market.” 

This is far from a done deal, though. This casino will need to be approved from the various state government bodies. This will be much easier said than done, yet it seems that many state leaders are getting on-board with the idea.

Will Georgia ever legalize sports betting?

Georgia’s Sports Betting Plans, Explained

Back in May of 2018, the Supreme Court decided to strike down PASPA. It was a monumental decision for the country’s gambling industry. With this law gone, each state could set its own regulations towards sports gambling.

Today, 24 states have officially legalized sports gambling. Most of these states are earning a huge amount of revenue from this industry. Over in Georgia, gambling proponents have been working hard to finally get the state’s sports betting industry up and running.

There have been a few sports betting bills presented here over the past few years. This past September, the Senate Special Judiciary Committee voted to push the state’s new sports gambling bill to the State Senate. It’s exciting news for sports fans.

It’s unclear whether or not this will make its way through the legislative process, though. Georgia’s House and Senate will need to approve the bill. Then, it will need to gain approval from Governor Kemp.

There’s a lot going on here. Soon, we could see a new casino at Atlanta Motor Speedway. There’s also a chance that legal, regulated sports betting could come to Georgia sometime soon. We’ll continue offering updates on this situation over the next few weeks.

Do you think a casino should open at the Atlanta Speedway? Let us know in the comments section below!

Lawmakers Discuss Gambling Regulations in Georgia

To say that Georgia is not a gambling-friendly state is an understatement. It has some of the strictest laws towards the gambling laws of almost any other state in the country. Surprisingly, lawmakers are discussing whether or not to change the current set of gambling regulations in Georgia.

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It’s extremely exciting news for gambling fans here. Now is the perfect time to look at the current laws here, and discuss how they could change in the future. Let’s get into it!

Gambling Laws in Georgia, Explained

As we’ve already mentioned, Georgia has some of the most restrictive laws in the country when it comes to gambling. The first real set of regulations here came in 1878. That year, lawmakers in the country decided to ban the sale of lottery tickets.

Things haven’t improved much since then. For a brief time, gambling fans found a legal loophole that allowed making wagers through online poker machines. State officials quickly created legislation that made this form of gambling illegal.

In 1993, the state finally decided to create an official lottery. It’s tightly regulated, though.

A bill to legalize casinos was nearly passed here in 2012. Unfortunately, lawmakers eventually decided to shut it down. Today, traditional casino gambling remains illegal. Only cruise ships that take gamblers into international waters are available here. Amazingly, a committee was formed here to begin studying the gambling industry in April of this year.

In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA, giving every state the option to legalize sports gambling. For many months, officials in Georgia seemed uninterested in making this form of gambling legal. This now appears to be changing.

Lawmakers are now meeting to talk about the current set of gambling regulations in Georgia.

Officials May Soon Change Gambling Regulations in Georgia

Earlier this month, several of Georgia’s biggest sports teams officially voiced their support for the legalization of sports gambling. The Presidents of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, and Atlanta Hawks all officially support these plans.

Interestingly, lawmakers are beginning to warm up to the idea of expanding gambling regulations in Georgia. These officials are now taking their show to the road. A house committee officially held a meeting in Valdosta, talking about tax revenue.

The goal is to educate residents here on the ways that expanded gambling operations could benefit the state. Many of these lawmakers believe that opening the state’s casino, sports betting, and horse racing market could help bring money to the state’s HOPE scholarship program. Today was the first meeting of the entire tour.

State Representative Brett Harrell commented on the discussion on gambling regulations in Georgia to the media today.

“Our intent is to ask the citizens, ‘Do you support inviting this industry to Georgia?’” he said. “If the answer is yes, how do you want us to enable this industry to come to Georgia so you all get your piece of the pie?”

As of now, it’s unlikely that any small cities such as Valdosta will receive a casino. Larger cities may have the ability to open one if the state changes its laws. We’ll need to wait and see how lawmakers feel about the possible changes.

More States Continue to Legalize Sports Betting

Georgia may not be completely on-board with legalizing sports betting yet. Many other states, however, are currently working to legalize this form of gambling. Several states have recently passed bills to legalize this industry and will soon begin offering odds on sporting events taking place around the world.

On November 5th, Colorado officially approved a sports betting bill. It allows for both in-person and online betting. The first bets will become available here sometime in 2020.

Many believe that in time, every state in the country will choose to legalize this industry. California seems likely to do so over the next year or two. This state is the most populous in the country. The state government would likely earn millions of dollars every single month with sports betting legalization.

Many lawmakers are beginning to realize how much money can be earned from this industry. It’s a great time to be a sports fan in this country.

Gambling regulations in Georgia could soon change. Hopefully, both casino gambling and sports betting will become available here.

Stay tuned for more updates over the next few months!