Louisiana, Illinois, Michigan Online Sports Betting Legalization Weekend Update

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May 15, 2020 20:05Joe Tarzaiski

Louisiana, Illinois, and Michigan continue to have updates for their processes of legalizing online sports wagering in their respective states. It is looking more likely by the day for professional sports to resume play, and these states want in on the action when the sports gaming community returns to their sportsbooks.

Louisiana Passes Two Sports Betting Bills with the Senate

State legislatures throughout the country seem to show hesitation of whether or not to be on board of legal sports wagering. Louisiana lawmakers are still pushing for their state to be involved. On Thursday, the Senate passed the second of two sports betting bills and now headed to the House for approval. The first bill passed Wednesday.

Senator Cameron Henry spoke his opinions in regard to the details as well as tax for sports betting in the state:

“I know that sports wagering is a sensitive issue for a lot of folks, which is why we put it in this format here… You will be able to look at results of what your constituents want you to do as it relates to sports wagering going forward. It is the safest way to get this done.

“You can come back and say, ‘Cameron, my folks love sports wagering. We’re all for it. I can help you with passing the tax and regulations.’ Or you’re going to come back and say, ‘Cameron, my folks don’t like it so I can’t really help you on it.’”

Online-Only Sportsbooks in Illinois Pushed back to 2022?

Land-based sports betting has already legalized and made live in Illinois just before practically every sporting event in the world shut down due to the COVID-19 crisis, so the state hasn’t experienced the benefits of the legalization of the sports betting community.

No sportsbooks have yet gained access to legalized online sports betting. When this does happen, the participants will have to register in-person to open their account.

Senate President John Cullerton said that internet gambling is inevitable, and if the people of Illinois are going to be gambling and playing poker anyway, the state might as well get a cut of the industry earnings.

Status of Michigan Mobile Sports Betting

It’s difficult to tell whether or not Michigan will have a legal online/mobile sportsbook launch in 2020. Proponents of online gambling platforms in the state want the new forms of online betting to be settled and debut by the end of 2020. Before the coronavirus pandemic arose, the Michigan Gaming Control Board stated these platforms are most likely not going to be cleared until early to mid-2021.

Michigan launched sports betting in early March 2000, issuing three temporary licenses to commercial land-based casinos in the Detroit area. Online sports legislation is still up in the air, as more land-based licenses are expected to add physical sportsbooks in the state.

There are updates showing a chance online sports betting could reach the legislative for a vote towards the end of 2020, but it will most likely remain as-is until it succeeds in 2021.

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Joe Tarzaiski began his sports writing career in 2004 in the Philadelphia market, analyzing and handicapping professional sports, college sports, poker and various table games. He currently reports on the increased efforts on the legalization and continual growth of sports betting throughout the United States. A Philadelphia University alum, Joe is dedicated to following current trends in both the gaming community and daily news throughout the sports world.
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