Sports wagering nears launch in New Jersey, following Delaware; no decision yet for Ohio

New Jersey, which 40 years ago became the first state outside Nevada to add casino-style gambling, this week likely will become the third state to begin offering sports wagering.

Monmouth Park Raceway just outside New York City is making plans for Gov. Phil Murphy to place the first wager at 10 a.m. Thursday, launching sports wagering in New Jersey.

A week ago, Delaware Gov. John Carney did the same. He placed a bet on one of his favorite Philadelphia teams, the Phillies, to beat the Cubs as Delaware  became the first state outside Nevada to expand gambling to individual games.

The two East Coast states quickly moved forward after a May 14 U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for any state to offer sports wagering, striking down a federal ban on expansion at the request of New Jersey.

Pennsylvania and West Virginia also already passed laws to prepare for sports wagering.

What about Ohio?

It's unclear yet whether sports wagering will come to Ohio, where the first of four casinos opened in Cleveland in 2012, and seven racinos soon followed throughout the state. 

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