Ohio Lawmakers Consider Legalizing Sports Betting in 2019

Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh launched sports betting less than a month ago, after the US Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law that banned sports betting last year and essentially paved the way to legalize sports betting across the nation.

Pennsylvania and West Virginia are among eight states to do so already.

  • You soon may be able to place a bet your favorite team legally in the buckeye state

  • One Ohio Senator plans to introduce legislation to legalize sports betting in Ohio as soon as this month

Rivers Casino general manager GM Bill Keena say “Sportsbook” allows the 10-year-old facility to become a more comprehensive gaming experience.

“Betting has been great during the mid-week business, but weekends there are long lines here, customers love it. They love the ease of being able to bet. And I think people in general, just human nature, people just want to do the right thing, verses being able to bet legally vs betting illegally,” says Keena. 

Here in Ohio, democratic state senator Sean O'Brien has been hard at work for months, researching, and getting co-sponsors for a bill that would legalize sports betting across the state.

He says there's a definite buzz among constituents and bipartisan support among the Ohio House and Senate.

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