John Pricci

HorseRaceInsider.com executive editor John Pricci has over three decades of experience as a thoroughbred racing public handicapper and was an award-winning journalist while at New York Newsday for 18 years.

John has covered 14 Kentucky Derbies and Preaknesses, all but three Breeders' Cups since its inception in 1984, and has seen all but two Belmont Stakes live since 1969.

Currently John is a contributing racing writer to MSNBC.com, an analyst on the Capital Off-Track Betting television network, and co-hosts numerous handicapping seminars. He resides in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Some Sports Wagering Information re Disparate State Gambling Rules


Following is a Press Release from a gambling site in the U.S. You may find this of interest, hence, it appears below

Now that sports betting has been legalized, there's never been a better time to dive deeper into the most (and least) accepted forms of gambling in the US - and the strange facts that surround them.

Gaming experts PlayUSA have pulled together the definitive list of what weird types of betting are illegal in more states than others, and what the most accepted things are to have a flutter on.

Play today in the USA – what’s keeping you from placing your bets?

New study from game experts PlayUSA finds the complex gambling laws across the United States
Pennsylvania the most accepting state of gambling with 78% of gambling forms legal
UIGEA prohibits online gambling in every state except Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Nevada

The US can be quite strict on gambling. But what games are allowed? What’s keeping the others banned? It can often be tough to work it out.

To shine a light onto the murky laws that can govern our ability to gambling, PlayUSA have created the definitive list of laws that can keep us from placing a bet - whether it's in the casino or online.

State Quirks and Blanket Bans

Each state has its own laws about gambling. But there are both some federal laws that have a big impact across the US, and some unique laws that govern the states where they’re in effect:

UIGEA – The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 prevents online gambling across 46 states. The remaining four are Delaware (the first state to legalize it), New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Nevada, though Nevada only allows online poker and only through the main casinos.

No Nevada Lottery – You might think that the state with Las Vegas in it would be one of the most lax when it came to gambling laws, but Nevada is one of only 6 states that don’t have a lottery. It’s actually due to the gambling industry there, who lobby against legislation that would allow it to prevent it from reducing their own market share.

The Bradley Act – The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (or Bradley Act) outlawed sports betting across all of the United States, with a small handful of exceptions, including Delaware, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon. In a few other states, state law has allowed companies to begin preparing sports betting with the expectation that federal law might change.

Bingo - Bingo is considered by the American Gaming Association as part of "Charitable Games and Bingo", which are allowed in the majority of states. That’s provided it’s done for charity – commercial games might fall under other laws. Hawaii, Utah, and Tennessee ban it outright (it was legalized in Tennessee briefly in the 1970s before being made illegal again in 1989).

Daily Fantasy Sports – There’s no uniform law as such on DFS, but most of the argument across states is over whether it’s a game of skill or chance. Where it’s been ruled that it’s skill, it’s usually legal by default, and in many places where it’s ruled otherwise, legislation has been introduced trying to make it legal. Even some state governments aren’t clear on whether it’s legal in their state!

Sun, Sea, and Statewide Bans

Hawaii, land of hot weather and sea, has a blanket ban on all forms of gambling. Social gambling between friends is allowed, and some bills have been introduced attempting to legalise both internet gambling and daily fantasy sports, but historically legislation attempting to legalize gambling in the state has been rejected.

The State of Play

While laws covering gambling can be complex in themselves, working out what's legal in your state can be even more confusing.

To see the top, and to see which states have the least gambling acceptance in America, explore the tool on the PlayUSA website. https://www.playusa.com/state-of-play/

Written by John Pricci

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