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Sports Betting Beat - July 1, 2021 - Maine Inches Closer and Wisconsin in Play

Written by:
Gilbert Horowitz
Published on:
Jul/02/2021

Maine may be inching closer to allowing sports betting but on Wednesday Gov. Janet Mills has vetoed a bill that would have given permissions to Native American tribes in the state to open and run gambling businesses on their own lands.

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The sports betting bill must now pass through the Appropriations Table and the full Senate before being sent to Gov. Janet Mills for approval.

Maine was one of the first states that appeared en route to legalizing sports wagering when Mills abruptly vetoed a measure allowing it back in January 2020.  Mills is said to be laser focused on mechanisms ensuring responsible gambling and the current measure features plenty of guardrails that may be to her liking.

Once the bill lands on Mills’ desk, she’ll have 10 days to veto or sign. If she does neither, the bill becomes law after the 10th business day.

In other news pertaining to Maine, Mills has vetoed a bill that would have given permissions to Native American tribes in the state to open and run gambling businesses on their own lands.

The bill was approved in Maine’s legislature with an overwhelming majority in June, but Mills’ administration had “serious concerns” about a bill seeking to reinstate tribal rights, the Portland Press Herald reported.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Mills said that since the start of her governorship that it has been her priority to repair the relationship between the tribes and the state, but she said the bill was plagued with issues.

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Wisconsin

Evers, Oneida sign deal to allow sports betting in Wisconsin

Gov. Tony Evers and the Oneida Nation signed an agreement Thursday to allow betting on sporting events for the first time in Wisconsin, joining a growing number of states that have embraced sports wagering as a means of generating revenue.

The documents now heads to the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs for final approve. They have 45 days to green light or reject the plan.

“The Oneida Nation aims to commence sports betting in its main casino in early fall, 2021, and will include retail kiosks and mobile wagering at select locations,” said Hill during a news conference Thursday at the main casino, just outside of Green Bay.

The deal does not permit betting on college sports, elections or events with participants under age 19.  Wagering would be allowed at the Oneida’s casino. Remote event wagering would be allowed on tribal properties, including the parking lot.

Oneida Casino would be the only tribal Wisconsin casino allowed to offer sports betting and event wagering if the amendment is approved.

“This amendment couldn’t come at a better time as barring any objection in the next 45 days, it will provide new opportunities for the Oneida Nation to find new revenue and employment growth while maintaining the integrity of Wisconsin sports,” Evers said.

Louisiana

Casinos prepare for sports betting green light

According to Christopher Hebert, the Director of the Gaming Division at the Attorney General’s Office, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board still needs to consider and approve emergency rules before anything can take place. But that’s not stopping some of the casinos from getting prepared for when they’re given the green light for sports betting.

As about twenty casinos in Louisiana patiently wait for the sports wagering application process to begin, employees at the L’Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge tell us they are already preparing for when sports betting can officially begin.

“We are building out a temporary location, getting all of our equipment in, working with our architecture firm and design and construction to build out our permanent sports betting location,” said Vice President of L’Auberge Casino Kim Ginn.

Virginia

Virginia sports betting continues passes $1B handle despite slide

Despite hitting the $1 billion mark in less than five months back in March, May handle was nearly $10 million less than April’s, while April was down 22% from March. Of course March is one of the most wagered on months of the year in the US with the NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament.  Ironically, Virginia has one of the better teams in college basketball, but wagering on the Cavaliers is prohibited.

- Gilbert Horowitz, Gambling911.com

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