More US Gambling Referendum Predictions
Virginia is not the only state voting on gambling referendums in November. Five other states are voting on gambling issues, with most surrounding sports betting. Maryland, Louisiana, and South Dakota are all looking to legalize sports betting. Colorado is looking to increase the maximum bet allowed by live sports bettors.
Finally, Nebraska is voting on whether to allow live casinos in the state. If passed, they will join Virginia in legalizing live casino gambling. Today, we will take a look at these other state initiatives and whether they have a legitimate chance of passing.
Colorado – Should Be an Easy Win
The measure being considered in Colorado is whether to increase the maximum bet for sports betting. Presently, the limit on sports betting is $100. While this sounds like a reasonable limit to some, others find this too restrictive.
Colorado casinos found little trouble getting the necessary signatures to get the measure onto the ballot and it’s likely that it will have little problem passing. Sports betting is already legal in the states, and this merely allows the state to expand it. It is likely that citizens will vote yes because they won’t see the big deal as most people will never get close to betting more than $100 at a time on sports.
Louisiana – May Be a Mixed Bag
Louisiana is looking to legalize sports betting this November, but the measure is being decided at the Parish level rather than the state-level. This is similar to what Virginia is doing for live casinos. Individual parishes will decide whether to legalize sports betting.
What that means is that you will likely see it legalized in some parishes and not others. You can almost guarantee that New Orleans will have sports betting but otherwise, it can be a bit of a toss-up. We won’t predict which parishes will legalize sports betting, but we can guarantee it will not be all of them.
Maryland – Will Pass But It Will Be Close
Maryland is a state where sports betting should seem a slam dunk, but that has not been the case. If you go by polls, citizens seem to be split down the middle regarding whether to allow sports betting. This is a bit surprising considering that the state has legal casinos and has pro sports.
Sports betting would seem a slam dunk, but that’s not the case. The thing that will probably push it over the top is how the question is worded. They are wording the initiative as one to help raise money for education. The average voter that isn’t invested in the issue in any direction will see this and likely view it as a good thing. As such, the measure will likely pass, but it will be a close vote.
South Dakota – Why Not?
Out of any of the measures on this list, South Dakota’s seems the least problematic. The reason is that it is only looking to add in-person sports betting to its Deadwood casinos. The casino already offers slot games, blackjack, roulette, live poker, and craps. So why not sports betting?
That seems to be the general consensus from those looking at the situation. The measure is being sold to citizens as a way to fund the Deadwood Historical Restoration and Preservation Fund, so it will be viewed favorably by casual voters. We don’t see a reason why this won’t pass.
Nebraska – Opposition Growing But Money Talks
Nebraska is considering whether to legalize casinos in the state. Under the measure, the six licensed horse race tracks in Nebraska will be able to offer casino games. All forms of games of chance will be allowed. It also opens the door for future expansion as other race tracks are opened.
The deciding factor for this one will be money. Supporters of the measure are hyping that the state will get $65 million in taxes and 4,600 jobs will be created. The measure will also help boost property tax relief as much of the $65 million in taxes will go to the Property Tax Credit Fund.
However, there is growing opposition to the measure. Several key groups are speaking out against it and even Nebraska football legend Tom Osborne is opposing the measure. The latter will definitely influence some voters. Ultimately, the money will do enough talking to get this measure passed, but it may be a close vote.