Remember when you had to travel all the way to Las Vegas to place a legal bet?

That’s what most people will be saying in a few years after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 to overturn the national ban on sports gambling on Monday, CNN confirms.

“The underground sports betting economy in the United States is estimated to be worth at least $150 billion a year,” writes the Washington Post.

Over the years, many have stood out to advocate the national legalization of sports betting, from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

New Jersey has been at the forefront in challenging the law, dating back to 2011 when voters passed a referendum to allow sports betting.

Lower courts later shut it down, until the recent Supreme Court hearing.

Now, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Garden State will be taking bets soon.

“New Jersey, the state at the heart of the Supreme Court case, can probably start taking bets in a few weeks,” Windhorst tweeted. “A couple other states perhaps in the fall. But many legislatures are in recess or at the end of the session so for many states it could be a year or more before it happens.”


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