Nebraska takes a closer look at sports gambling, poker with new bill
The continued acceptance of sports gambling across the US is gaining steam
Nebraska seems to be working its way around certain regulations in an effort to try to bring legal sports gambling, casino, and other activities within its borders. The situation might be a little tricky, as there are a few bills pending with the intention to make things happen. A bill sponsored by Senator Justin Wayne this week comes with a subtle title change that will allow the state to declare several games as games of skill, such as poker, fantasy sports and sports betting. Currently, there is a handful of bills to tackle the current gambling situation in the Cornhusker State, but only two of those bills were presented this past Monday.
One of those bills that Wayne presented would first tackle the current prohibition on most gambling activity, so voters can allow an amendment in the state’s constitution that will allow casinos and sports betting in Nebraska. The other bill looks into redefining the lottery so it can include sports wagers. The biggest impact from these bills will definitely be for poker players, but, before referring specifically to that subject, the legislation talks about how knowledge of sports and analysis capabilities are necessary to make predictions, for both sports betting and fantasy sports.
Then, to cover more information regarding poker, “Certain poker games also require knowledge and skill,” the bill reads. “While poker does have a random component in the cards that are dealt to participants, there is more skill than chance necessary for successful participation in a game where strategic decisions influence the other participants and ultimately the outcome of the game.”
Most forms of gambling are still illegal in Nebraska, so this change will bring options for operators to bring poker, fantasy sports or, sports gambling to the state for a registration fee of only $10,000.