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Sports betting in Nevada

In the United States, betting was first permitted by the sagebrush state in 1931. Since then, Nevada has remained a steadfast trailblazer in matters of gambling. It legalised sports betting way back in 1949. However, in 1992, Federal Congress placed a nationwide ban on sports betting through the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).

This ban put a halt on the expansion of sports betting in the state. However, following the repeal of the PASPA by the Supreme Court in May 2018, the nationwide ban was lifted, and the states were once again at liberty to sanction gambling operations within their territories as they wished.

The sports in which residents of Nevada can bet on include
Horse and virtual horse racingHockeyCycling
NBAAustralian Rules FootballGolf
EsportsCollege FootballFighting
The NFLBaseballAuto racing
RugbySoccerTennis
Canadian Football


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    Chronological Sequence of Legal Events Concerning Gambling in Nevada.

    There have been several key landmark legal events since that first regulation of gambling in 1931. Some of the most crucial are as follows:

    1931 – Coming at a time when wagering was much proscribed, a bill known as the Broad Open Betting Bill was passed into law by the then Nevada Governor, Fred Balzar. A by-product of the Great Depression, this law effectively granted the counties the leeway to issue licences to betting firms and collect revenue from the said firms. This law was the precursor to the now world-renown Las Vegas Strip.

    1949 – This year saw the assent into law, of a bill that allowed Horse racing and pro sports betting. This regulation eventually led to the creation of Turf Clubs. Later on, these were replaced by sportsbooks at most of the casinos.

    1955 – The Nevada Betting Control Board came to be as a reaction to the increased and unwelcome control of betting by the Mob. The Board’s main task was to get rid of the mob and take charge of the issuance of gaming licenses, collection of revenues, and taxation of gambling firms- a role it continues to play to date.

    The Board’s legal position was cemented four years later in 1969 when the state senate passed an Act, which in turn established a Commission to resolve any disputes that would arise in the execution of the Board’s mandate. The Board had five members, who served for a non-renewable 4-year-term. The Board was further bolstered by yet another law passed in 1961, which provided for an11 member oversight Committee.

    1974 – Sports gambling received a tax reprieve, and the state now taxed it at 2%. This reprieve encouraged the evolution of top casinos into more deluxe sportsbooks, spotting even more elaborate and luxuriously appointed interior decor.

    1975 – The era of Turf Clubs drew to a close, and the top casino resorts welcomed their first sportsbooks onboard. The pioneer in this regard was Stardust Casino.

    1983 – This year saw an even more significant reduction in gambling tax, which now stood at 0.25%

    2011 – Betting Control Bill was drafted, detailing the process of sanctioning of internet poker within the state

    2013 – On 21st February 2013, the Betting Control Bill was assented into law by Governor Bill Sandoval. The first online poker sites were introduced in the fall that same year. These were Ultimate Poker and WSOP.com poker. The latter is the poker site for the mammoth Caesars casino franchise. The  888 poker platform is the site upon which they built it.

    2014 – Nevada and Delaware sealed a bilateral deal in which they created an oversight Committee. The Committee was comprised of various state actors and envisioned the prospective inclusion of even more member states in due course.

    Nevada reaped greatly from the fact that it was one of the states exempted from the application of the Professional and Amateur Sports Provision Act (PASPA) of 1992 (the other states so exempted were Montana, Delaware and Oregon). This exemption meant that by the time the PASPA was repealed in 2018 by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), Nevada’s gambling establishments had already gained traction. As the rest of the states now try their hand at gambling regulation, Nevada is already an old hat in the game and catching up to her will be an uphill task.

    Categories of Betting which are legal in Nevada

    Although the Board hopes to introduce even more classes of betting in future, the following is a list of the groups that the Board has already  sanctioned:

    Sports betting

    Enticed by the low tax incentives, punters today frequent sportsbooks to participate in this form of gambling, which has been in play since 1949.

    Land-based casino games

    These are, however, subject to compliance with the state gaming Board’s regulations and licensing requirements.

    Online casino betting

    Though the 2013 poker regulations do not expressly envision online casino games, the residents nonetheless anticipate that with the increased provision of online casino games by various states, Nevada too shall follow suit.

    Poker

    The state has sanctioned a wide array of poker games, including live poker, online poker and charity poker. These are real money games by players within the state.

    Lottery betting

    Surprisingly, Nevada neither engages in the national nor the inter-state jackpot schemes nor does the state have a lottery scheme of its own.

    Others

    Raffle games and Bingo are recognised and sanctioned under the Charity betting regulations

    Nevada’s gambling statistics

    No. of Commercial Gambling FacilitiesAge RequirementsCasino Regulatory BodyLottery National RankingsApprox. Annual Gambling Revenue:Approx. Annual Gambling Taxes:
    Licensed Casinos: 398The minimum age required for one to take part in any gambling activities is 21 yearsNevada Gaming CommissionThere are no lottery sales in Nevada$11.8 Billion$8.1 billion
    Licensed Bingo: 50
    Sports betting Parlours: 199
    Horse Tracks: 1

    Nevada Gambling Regulations

    The Nevada legal system exhaustively details what is permissible and what isn’t. In brief, the following facts are evident from the gambling laws in Nevada:

    • Gamers must be aged 21 years and over
    • To be able to participate, punters must be within the state’s borders. As for online wagers, the several casinos that offer the service have equipped themselves with geo-tracking software that ensures that everyone placing a bet is within state lines, failure in which they are not allowed to play.
    • To be able to create a gaming account, a gamer must appear physically at a gambling facility for registration and verification of details. This requirement holds even for online gaming.

    Prospects

    Nevada has been a pioneer in gambling operations mainly due to its open-minded approach to the concept of legalisation of the sector.

    It is worth remembering that Nevada engineered the poker pact between the states and continues to monitor the pact’s operation. Furthermore, the gambling sector promises high yields as well as numerous jobs for Nevada’s people. As such, with the advent of sports betting, it is most likely that the state shall capitalise on its established inner track and strategic position to continue driving the sector, more so, with the advent of sports betting.

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