Gamesters wager when sports betting will begin

U.S. Supreme Court killed federal ban — now what?

Mike DeNardo
May 15, 2018 - 3:38 pm
Horses break from the starting gate in the Haskell horse race at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey.

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NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has made its ruling, many gamblers are asking the same question: How soon can I bet on sports?  

In New Jersey, the answer may actually be pretty soon.  

Roger Gros, publisher of Global Gaming Business Magazine, said New Jersey has been preparing all along for the Supreme Court ruling. Possibly by the end of the NBA Finals in June, a New Jersey sports book could be up and running.

"I would expect within two months they'd have sports betting up and going," he said. "The Division of Gaming Enforcement has been preparing for this for the last six months at least. So I think the regulations are in place. All they need to do is get the structure in place and licensing agreements and all of those kinds of things, and I think we'll be off to the races, so to speak."

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Pennsylvania and New York will catch up quickly, too, he said.

Speaking of the races, the operator of Monmouth Park already has a betting parlor and expects to be up and running in two weeks.

He's not waiting for action by the state legislature, but you might not even need a physical betting parlor. Gros predicts New Jersey will have remote sports betting — all you'll need is an app on your smartphone.

"These days you don't need a big sports book like you see in Vegas anymore," Gros added. 

In Pennsylvania, it's expected to take a few months before sports betting begins. But that's not the case in Delaware, where regulations are already in place and the governor said he expects sports wagering to begin also by the end of June.