ESports betting is finally getting the kind of recognition the space that is rapidly emerging deserves. Over the weekend, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) made wagering on competitive video gaming completely legal.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has officially made eSports gambling a legal task in their state.
By signing a bill that adds the tournaments to their state’s parimutuel code, Governor Sandoval solidified the legality of eSports betting within 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 legislation on parimutuel wagering to add ‘other events’ than just horse races, animal races, and athletic sporting events.
The legislation will allow Silver State sportsbooks to just take odds on everything from eSports to who will win Best Actor at the Oscars. It will not, however, allow for betting on politics.
SB 240 had been passed 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 from the state’s Gaming Policy Committee to enable books to take eSports bets fall that is last. The Downtown Grand’s William Hill sportsbook soon after became the location that is first simply take eSports wagers.
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