I'm gonna start this blog off with an excuse my ignorance but does this mean sports gambling was legal pre-1992?
Well today is a day that I did not see coming. Your boy had absolutely zero clue that this issue was so firmly on the table that a decision was set to be made TODAY.
Yes, you read that correctly; the Supreme Court decided on a 7-2 (which would make for a weird ass football game) vote that the "prohibition" on Sports Gambling is unconstitutional. Aka it's uncool for this to be illegal.
So now it's up to the state whether or not sport books will exist within state lines. Many states have already announced their support of the decision. Most notably Rhode Island (from what I've heard via hearsay. If true s/o to Gina for finally doing something people like). I'd guess New Jersey will have there's up and ready by the weekend (maybe that's why there's such a long break between games 2 & 3 of the NBA ECF?). All the other scumbag, but important states too; Florida, New York, Texas, Cali, aka every other state that matters. Like tough luck for you, Utah. Things likely aren't changing for you. I'd imagine a state that has to sell watered down bud lights wouldn't be down with profiting off the back of the local hoops team.
You love to see the local boys just jump right into the fun. I wouldn't be shocked if Bobby Kraft bets boatloads of blue button down with white collar-dollars on the Pats every week.
Personally I'm excited, but also a little apprehensive.
I've had my ups and also really, really downs with betting on sports. I've been pretty much been retired for over 2 years with the exception of a 5 day bender in Las Vegas during March Madness what-i-learned-in-las-vegas.html,
One of the biggest turnoffs to me about gambling on sports (other than eventually losing everything before I see a dime) is having to do it on semi-sketchy off shore websites since I do not want to have a bookie. Did a bookie once...will never do it again. That's how you end up with broken knee caps. That stereotype didn't just pop up up out of thin air--- that is a thing for a reason. As soon as being able to bet with credit is in the picture I am OUT. I'll just try to bet myself out of debt forever until I win, so it's a no for me dog. Strictly off shore, buddy. Which really now is only twin river.
So now with those sites being out of the picture, so now if I want to bet all I need to do is be able to drive whatever it is...25 minutes away from me or hit up a friend who is already there and make sure their venmo is open and they are trustworthy. Now when I'm really feeling good about a pick and want the money TONIGHT it's half a podcast away? Yeah SURE I'll go to the River and watch the Sox (and whatever I bet on).
This is a total game-changer for me, and so many more Rhode Islanders/ people willing to give Rhody their tax $. I'm all about it. A win- a win for everybody. As long as we can keep the game(s) clean, which tbh I think will be easier to police due to spreads being much more common knowledge, it'll be like trying to sneak out of the house but jumping on your parent's bed before you go.