Sports Gambling Becomes Legal, Arkansas to Vote on Decision


The 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Act is a law than banned live betting on sports outside of certain states. 

But Monday morning the highest court in America ruled that all 50 states could participate in sports gambling – opening a door of conversation on what is best for the Natural State. 

Goals may be turned into gold. 

The U.S. Supreme Court decided the sports gambling ban violated the 10th Amendment’s delegation of regulatory power to the states.

Arkansas State Senator Bart Hester says gambling already happens behind closed doors.

“Oh they will find a way to do it anyway,” Senator Bart Hester said. 

But Hester calls a bluff on this decision. 

“It’s really hard on the urban poor areas,” Hester said. “It makes the poor poorer and the rich richer.” 

John Berrey the Chairman of the Quapaw Tribe in Oklahoma which owns downstream casino hopes this decision will up the ante for his business. 

“We think this is the right decision by the court,” Berrey said. “We don’t think Nevada should have a monopoly on sports booking.”

Berry says he’s interested in Arkansas’ decision since many of his customers travel across the border to gamble. 

“It gives us another way to provide for our guests in a safe and clean environment,” Berrey said. 

A special session is not predicted for the issue specifically but Hester says the stakes are high.  

“Oh I’ve been asked what is the big issue for 2019,” Hester said. “This will be it.” 

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