Single-game sports betting was long deemed illegal in the U.S. outside of Nevada under the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). However, after the ban was challenged in the US Supreme Court, the court ruled in favor of New Jersey, thereby allowing Illinois and every other state to move forward with its own sports betting regulations if they so choose.
IL Sports Betting | Supreme Court Case
Illinois sports betting legislation is moving quickly. And now that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to reverse the federal sports betting ban, Illinois has the green light to move forward.
The case, Murphy vs. NCAA (formerly Christie vs. NCAA), involved the state of New Jersey contesting a national law restricting sports betting. At issue was the federal government’s authority to regulate commerce among the states set against rights reserved for states by the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
IL Sports Betting FAQ
Where could I place sports bets if it was legal in IL?
Illinois’ riverboat casinos would likely get the first shot at sports betting licenses. Here are the 10 casinos in the state:
- Casino Queen
- Grand Victoria
- Harrah’s Joliet
- Harrah’s Metropolis
- Hollywood Aurora
- Hollywood Joliet
- Rivers Casino
The Illinois Racing Board also oversees 30 horse racing tracks and off-track betting parlors that would be candidates for licenses should the state move forward with legal sports betting.
How does the Supreme Court ruling have an impact on IL and other states?
SCOTUS finding PASPA unconstitutional opens the door for any state to legalize and regulate sports betting.
New York, Connecticut, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania have passed laws that would legalize sports betting in the event of a change to PASPA, via the courts or Congress. Many more are likely to follow.