Legal sports betting has literally gone from zero to 25 in the United States in just 2-1/2 years, as Louisiana, Maryland and South Dakota voters this week passed ballot initiatives that will allow residents to place bets on teams and events. At the same time, Colorado, Nebraska and Virginia approved measures that would expand casino gaming, in what amounted to a six-for-six sweep at the ballot box for gambling.
"It appears that Americans are becoming increasingly comfortable with legalized gambling," University of Nevada Las Vegas gambling historian David Schwartz told USA Today. "The addition of casinos in Virginia and racetrack casinos in Nebraska indicates that casino-style gambling is on the upswing as well. We have reached a point where voters seem satisfied that legalizing gambling will offer positive returns for their state."