5/14/2018: SCOTUS Changes The Sports Betting Game

Posted on April 30, 2019 - Last Updated on May 3, 2019

When lawmakers threw in the section of the gambling expansion bill about PA sports betting, it was purely theoretical. All it did was say if the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) fell, sports betting would be legal in the Keystone State.

On May 14, that happened. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey in the years-long case challenging the federal ban on sports betting. Pennsylvania was one of several states that suddenly had legal regulated sports betting. Unfortunately, it would be one of the last states to actually launch it.

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Jessica Welman is a contributor to PlayPennsylvania and managing editor of PlayIndiana and PlayTenn. A longtime poker media presence, Jess has worked as a tournament reporter for the World Poker Tour, co-hosted a podcast for Poker Road, and served as the managing editor for WSOP.com.

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