Sports Betting will Boost Online Poker, Predicts Supreme Court Scholar
Gambling law and Supreme Court expert I. Nelson Rose believes online poker is poised for another boom. The Whittier Law School professor explained how the spread of legal sports betting from state-to-state is likely to bring online poker and other forms of gaming along as well.
The option to legalize sports betting is now available to states for the first time in over three decades. States that legalize sports betting are likely to allow operators to launch online and mobile app versions of their sportsbooks.
Rose says lawmakers will look to add more forms of online gaming once they realize what all is available through researching the regulations for online sports betting.
Rose’s prediction reflects the opinion of David Rebuck, the top casino regulator in New Jersey. A year before the supreme court ruling on sports betting, Rebuck predicted it would be a windfall for all online gaming. He predicted every state that moves to regulate sports betting will also legalize online gaming.
Up until the recent Supreme Court decision on sports betting, lawmakers remained leery of legal online gambling. Despite the fact that New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware have successfully operated online gaming for years, many lawmakers believed the federal government could enact another ban on the industry at any moment.
Last month’s Supreme Court ruling on sports betting also served to reinforce states’ rights to create their own regulations in general. The broader implications of the ruling reinforce state regulations on everything from online poker to marijuana.