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    Legalized Sports Betting Unlikely In Texas, California, Florida

    A 50-state review of sports gambling legislation by The Associated Press reveals that legalization efforts are nonexistent or very unlikely to happen anytime soon in the nation’s three most populous states, which together hold more than a quarter of the U.S. population.

    The reasons vary. In California and Florida, powerful tribal interests that control most casino gambling are reluctant to reopen their agreements with the state and potentially share the gambling market with other players, including card rooms and race tracks.

    In Texas, a combination of political clout from out-of-state casino interests and social conservatives who are morally opposed to gambling have effectively killed any prospects for legalized sports betting.

    In all three states, any attempt to allow sports gambling would likely require a statewide vote to amend the constitution — a high hurdle for any issue, much less an expansion of gambling.

    “The dynamic at work here is the larger the state, the larger the market, the larger the opportunity — the more complex the stakeholder environment and the more political stasis sets in,” said Chris Grove, managing director of gambling research firm Eilers and Krejcik.

    California, which alone accounts for one-eighth of the U.S. population and has 17 teams among the four major professional leagues, will not be joining the sports gambling states anytime soon.

    Gambling there is largely controlled by casino-operating tribes that have compacts with the state. The tribes that are part of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association oppose an expansion of gambling even though it could bring more traffic to their casinos, said Steve Stallings, the group’s chairman.

    In Florida, a major casino-operating tribe also is a key factor.

    Last year, voters agreed to make it tougher to expand gambling with a constitutional amendment that requires 60 percent voter approval for any future expansion of gambling in the state. The measure’s supporters included Disney, whose Orlando resort is a major economic force, and the Seminole Tribe, which owns seven of Florida’s eight tribal casinos.

    Texas, in addition to being home to eight teams in the four major professional sports, has hosted three Super Bowls, three NBA All-Star games and six NCAA men’s Final Four basketball tournaments since 2004.

    But the state is far less welcoming when it comes to gambling because of a mix of morality and money: Social conservatives assail it as a regressive tax on the poor, and the official Texas Republican Party platform opposes expanded gambling in any form.

    A bill from a Democratic lawmaker seeking to legalize sports gambling has little chance this year in the Republican-dominated Legislature.

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    Texas will never pass it, they got too many bible thumpers and dont even have a casino yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt17 View Post
    Texas will never pass it, they got too many bible thumpers and dont even have a casino yet.
    Probably a good thing for me....just means I will be able to retire two years earlier.

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    Add in WA, all the tribes bribe the politicians.

    Probably the same for Idaho, Oregon, Montana.

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    Politicians are bought and paid for by corporations and Indian Tribes. County is in a mess in so many ways. Govt isn't for the people by the people. It's for the most powerful.

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    You’re really don’t know

    Could be too much financial pressure and They have to give in

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    Quote Originally Posted by thechaoz View Post
    Add in WA, all the tribes bribe the politicians.

    Probably the same for Idaho, Oregon, Montana.
    Montana already has it.

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    If California legalized gambling it would hurt Vegas a lot, they are lucky for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasStacker34 View Post
    Politicians are bought and paid for by corporations and Indian Tribes. County is in a mess in so many ways. Govt isn't for the people by the people. It's for the most powerful.
    shockingly, this cuck brokedikk loser is on the right track, but not for the reason he hopes to be

    you'd need michael corleone himself to strong arm indian casinos, they have ALL the power, cause of prior cucks

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    As soon as I saw this was passed by the Supreme Court, I said Texas and maybe Utah would be the last to get it, if ever.

    Texas loses so much money to people driving to Oklahoma and Louisiana to gamble. Way too conservative to ever get it passed here. Sucks.

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