[ti:Expansion of Gambling Wins Big on US Election Night]
[00:00.04]The American gambling industry won big on Election Day Tuesday.
[00:05.60]Three states voted to permit legal sports betting
[00:09.88]and three others either approved or expanded gambling in casinos.
[00:15.80]Casinos are businesses that have gambling
[00:18.76]and other forms of entertainment activities.
[00:23.20]Maryland, South Dakota and Louisiana approved betting on sporting events.
[00:30.08]The ballot results mean that, by the end of 2021,
[00:35.08]at least 25 states and the District of Columbia
[00:39.16]could have legal sports betting in place.
[00:42.60]The development comes less than three years after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling
[00:48.64]ended a federal ban on sports gambling in most states.
[00:54.32]"It appears that Americans are becoming increasingly comfortable
[00:58.24]with legalized gambling," said David Schwartz.
[01:02.24]He is a gambling historian with the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
[01:08.68]The state of Virginia approved casino gambling in four places.
[01:13.32]People in Nebraska voted to permit the addition of casino games
[01:18.44]at its horse racing tracks.
[01:21.84]And Colorado expanded the number and kind of casino games it can offer,
[01:28.12]along with removing some betting limits.
[01:32.12]In South Dakota, the ballot measure permitted casinos
[01:35.72]in the town of Deadwood to add in-person sports betting.
[01:39.88]Deadwood has about 25 casinos.
[01:43.84]Sports betting will also become legal across much of Louisiana.
[01:49.64]The American Gaming Association, the casino industry's main trade group,
[01:54.80]celebrated the expansion votes.
[01:57.48]Bill Miller, the organization's head, said that
[02:01.72]"as a result of the successful ballot measures" in six states,
[02:05.84]more Americans will have access to jobs, special tax revenue
[02:11.64]and safe entertainment choices where they live.
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