U.S. casino operators plan to resurrect their bid to push for legalized sports betting once U.S President-elect Donald Trump takes over the White House.
Bloomberg reported that members of the American Gaming Association (AGA) is now on the hunt for someone who will sponsor a legislation that will overturn a 1992 ban on sports betting.
Of the fifty states, only Nevada, Delaware, Montana, and Oregon are allowed to offer betting on athletic competitions under a federal law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. AGA data showed that some $149 billion in illegal sports bets are placed annually.
AGA senior vice president Sara Rayme is optimistic that the legislation will turn smoothly especially since Trump, a former casino operator, is in the helm of the US government.