ESports wagering is finally getting the kind of recognition the rapidly emerging space perhaps deserves. Over the Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) made wagering on competitive video gaming fully legal weekend.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has officially made eSports betting an activity that is legal the state.
By signing a bill that adds the tournaments to their state’s parimutuel rule, Governor Sandoval solidified the legality of eSports gambling in the state of Nevada for the future that is foreseeable.
Senate Bill 240, authored by State Sen. Becky Harris (R-Clark County), amends Nevada’s law on parimutuel wagering to incorporate ‘other events’ than just horse races, animal races, and athletic sporting events.
The legislation shall allow Silver State sportsbooks to simply take odds on everything from eSports to who will win Best Actor at the Oscars. It will not, however, allow for wagering on politics.
SB 240 was passed away unanimously by both the Nevada Assembly and Senate. Sandoval’s signature on the statute came as no surprise.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board, a three-member panel appointed by the governor, signed off for a recommendation through the state’s Gaming Policy Committee to enable books to take eSports wagers final autumn. The Downtown Grand’s William Hill sportsbook immediately after became the very first location to take eSports bets.
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