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Super Bowl Fan Bet On Game In Multiple States

Many states are now allowing betting outside of Nevada

February 04, 2019 - 9:32 am

LAS VEGAS, NV —  It's an exciting time to be a sports fan as sports betting is open its border outside of Nevada. 

Football fans can now legally bet on the Super Bowl from states other than Nevada for the first time Sunday, with the excitement spreading from Las Vegas to as far as Rhode Island.

Sunday’s big game was the first major sporting event for sportsbooks in a handful of states that opened after the U.S. Supreme Court in May struck down a ban on sports betting.

People lined up at sportsbooks starting Sunday morning, picking between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams as well as a wide variety of other outcomes, from heads or tails in the opening coin toss to whether Tom Brady would throw an interception.

“I love to bet, and I like the atmosphere here,” Celina Montenegro, a resident of Austin, Texas, said while waiting for the game to start at the Westgate casino-hotel in Las Vegas. “They say this is the best place to watch the game other than being at the game.”

This was the third Super Bowl that the Dallas Cowboys fan spent in Las Vegas. She picked the Rams as the winner this time.

The Patriots defeated the Rams 13-3.

Nevada’s effective monopoly on sports betting ended last spring, when the Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on that form of gambling.

Casinos in seven other states — Rhode Island, Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New Mexico — now accept wagers on sports. The list is expected to grow by next year.