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On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for Maine to allow betting on sporting events, invalidating a federal law that prohibited such wagers in all but Nevada. But as Maine Public reported Monday, Maine lags far behind many other states in being able to quickly capitalize on that ruling. Upwards of 35 states that either have sports betting regulations in rulemaking or are ready to become law, but Maine Gambling Control Board Director Milton Champion told Maine Public's Steve Mistler that Maine isn't one of them. That sets the stage for a host of bills to be submitted when a new Legislature convenes in January, aiming to cash-in on the multibillion-dollar national jackpot expected from Monday's court ruling. Key questions lawmakers will likely debate include where such betting is allowed to take place, what the state's share of revenues might be, the minimum age for betting and whether wagers should be banned on college teams based in or playing in the state. Also, just like earlier debates on casinos, there will be those who'll agree with Justice Samuel Alito's acknowledgment in his ruling that “opponents contend that legalizing sports gambling will hook the young on gambling, encourage people of modest means to squander their savings and earnings, and corrupt professional and college sports."
Do you think Maine should allow betting on sporting events now that the Supreme Court has opened the door legally for states to enact their own rules?
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05/17/18 AT 12:34 PM
We have enough opportunities for betting in Maine between casinos and lottery. No need for more chances to lose money.

05/16/18 AT 01:49 PM
Yes. However it is important to realize that this is a slippery slope that will undoubtedly have far-reaching effects on those that can afford to wager the least. In other states where off-track betting is allowed it has had a dramatic increase in forcing people out of their homes because they tended to bet above their means and we taxpayers end up footing the cost of their betting addiction. Ultimately if allowed in Maine we are consciously opening Pandora's box.

05/16/18 AT 01:48 PM
It's bad enough we have casino gambling in Maine. Let's not keep expanding this wasteful industry that is so damaging to the rest of our economy and brings in organized crime and money launderers, not to mention destroying lives.

05/16/18 AT 12:25 PM
It is already very easy to bet on sports in Maine. It would be nice if it can be done legally and generate revenue for the state.

05/16/18 AT 12:17 PM
Yes, they should allow it on professional sporting events like the Maine Red Claws, Portland Sea Dogs, etc. College sports should not be part of it.

05/16/18 AT 12:17 PM
As hometown bookies go out of business, the paralyzing fear of having their legs broken gone, countless citizens will flock to betting parlors/websites, funneling their money to those smart enough to get in on the ground floor.
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