Don Best’s Joe D’Amico explains why lifting the ban on betting is great for the US…
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Outside of my own living room, the place I feel most at home is a Las Vegas sportsbook.
This past week I spent a bit of time in a few books around town and I noticed that most sports bettors are wagering in person and through apps. I love the fact that so many of us around the country can now make our bets on our phones, tablets, and laptops. It’s about time, sports fans!
It has been over a year-and-a-half since the United States Supreme Court delivered a landmark decision to strike down the federal ban on sports gambling that prohibited betting on sports in most states. Since that ruling, which left the legality of sports gambling up to the state-level government, several states swiftly moved to legalize sports betting.
Prior to the Supreme Court ruling, Nevada was the only state in which a bettor could wager on the results of a game. Since the federal ban was lifted last May, many states have fully legalized sports gambling, with several more in the process of doing so. Many others are introducing new legislative proposals that would open the door to sportsbooks.
At the present day, almost all 50 states have either legalized sports betting or have made legislation proposing it. There are a few exceptions. Presently only Alaska, Idaho, and Wyoming have no intention of pursuing legalized sports gambling, and I did say, presently.
As a sports fan and as a professional gambler, I am all for the legalization of sports betting. As someone who does tons of radio and TV shows, I am constantly bombarded with questions and comments pertaining to the negative aspect of gambling. Things like, what about the guy that comes to Vegas and loses his house? Then there is the always reliable, gambling is an addiction remark.
My friends, Las Vegas is the gambling mecca of the universe. Bugsy Siegel never dreamed of what this desert oasis has now grown into. I am always ready for those questions and skepticisms. I do my homework. Of the nearly 50 million visitors that travel to Vegas every year, of the ones that gamble and lose, they only lose about $400. Well, they also get to stay in a four-star hotel in a sun-filled playground, with the best day and night clubs on the planet, the best restaurants per capita in the U.S., and oh yeah, the entertainment capital of the world.
Listen, folks, the one or two guys who lose their life savings here, would have lost it anywhere. Gambling is entertainment with an opportunity to make money. For most, it’s fun and for quite a few, profitable too.
What I want all of you to understand is that when we are in the book, we must physically take our money out of our pockets, wait online, and make our bets. When betting via apps, much like chips used on the casino tables, money has no value. I saw bettors typing away like courtroom stenographers betting first halves, totals, second halves, parlays, teasers, etc.
If you are using apps, that wonderful. You don’t have to get into your car, drive to the sportsbook or race track, or even the local, seedy bookmakers spot and place a bet. You can do it from your board room, living room, or on the treadmill at your local gym.
The one caution I want to make you aware of is the situation and atmosphere. Maybe you’ve had a cocktail or two. Maybe, you’re in a bad mood. Be honest, these are things that casinos are built on. So be careful. While technology is fantastic, it can also be costly. Be smart and you will be successful.
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