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The week that was in US legal sports betting

13 December 2019

Nuggets of news from Michigan, Indiana, and Missouri

What with Christmas shopping, work Christmas parties and pre-Christmas get-togethers dominating your diary, you’ve likely let the important news pass you by this week.

Either that or you’ve been hiding away in preparation for the unluckiest day of the year, which happens to be today, GULP!

Whatever your reason for not keeping on top of the latest goings-on in the world of US sports betting, fear not. We have it all wrapped up for you here…

Michigan moving closer

Yep, you guessed. The Wolverine State is nearing legal sports betting and could even have a regulated industry in place by March, just in time for March Madness!

The first question asked of any bill to pass these days concerns the ability to bet via mobile which we can confirm will be possible.

Online gambling in Michigan could be up and running inside 90 days

In fact, the bill includes an entire online expansion that will see Michigan become only the fifth state to offer casino-style games online.

Once the bill is signed, as expected, it’s believed online gambling in Michigan could be up and running inside 90 days.

Indiana sports betting strengthens

While sports betting in New Jersey and Pennsylvania continues to steal the headlines on an all too familiar basis, Indiana sports betting is left with little by way of coverage.

But having, this week, enjoyed its strongest month to date, The Hoosier State cannot be ignored. $147.3 million worth of sports betting handle, of which $96.2 million came from mobile bets, goes to show how sports betting can begin to take hold, even among one of the smaller US populations.

Clearly, Indiana is benefitting from its close proximity to sports fans in neighboring Illinois and Ohio, not to mention the packed football calendar; fans of Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts are undoubtedly trying to find some light in uninspiring seasons so far!

It remains to be seen whether such numbers will continue to rise though. Illinois will welcome sports betting in 2020, albeit without full-scale mobile wagering.

Ghost of sports betting returns in Missouri

It has been a while since you heard, “integrity fee” mentioned I imagine. Well, you could be about those two words a lot more in the coming weeks.

Two sports gambling bills have been pre-filed in Missouri

That’s because, not one but two sports gambling bills have been pre-filed in Missouri, both of which include a fee being paid to the leagues, by the operators.

As you may be aware, this very subject stirred much debate in the past and was believed to have died a death. But in keeping with the season, it has resurfaced, like the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Another sticking point of the newfound zest to get legal sports betting in Missouri comes with who will regulate the industry. Will it be the lottery (which basically rules out a competitive market) or another regulator entirely?

On the positive side, the two bills do include full-scale mobile sports betting that'll allow bettors to create an account and bet from a mobile device, without having to visit a sportsbook/casino in person. Hurrah to that!

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