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“Where” Jai-Alai is permitted is interesting

By history, in addition to the State’s mentioned above Jai-Alai was played professionally in Missouri, Illinois, New York and Louisiana. Just not as a parimutuel sport so it did not to be licensed. So the question of “where” is interesting because as long as you are not taking State-regulated, parimutuel bets you could play Jai-Alai professionally anywhere. But that begs the question why would any profit-seeking entity do that?

The extension of the sport into traditional fixed-odds / sports-wagering has been interesting. Take CT for instance. You can bet on Jai-Alai as a parimutuel but sports betting on Jai-Alai is prohibited by statute (have to imagine that this was done historically as an additional safeguard against bookmaking). Getting approval for sports betting on Jai-Alai in States where sports betting is legal is a much more direct process. Each State has a gaming authority tasked with approving specific sports to be wagered on. It’s a pretty straightforward approval process. So while CT allows for parimutuel wagering but not sports betting, Iowa, Arizona, Illinois & Nevada (thus far) have all approved sports betting on it.


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