On May 14, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court made it possible for each state to make their own decisions regarding sports betting by repealing the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 and the floodgates opened.
Twenty states, plus Washington D.C., have taken bets since then.
In June 2018, Delaware beat New Jersey, whose original lawsuit created the momentum for the change, and took the first bets, but it was the Garden State that became king.
Pennsylvania took a while to get up and running, but hit its first $600 million handle in January 2021.
"U.S. bettors wagered $53 Billion in the first 3 years of broad legalized sports betting…"
?️ 3 years ago today: PASPA was repealed & the floodgates opened up: https://t.co/Bg9kCybcUx pic.twitter.com/9HqnmatSOh
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) May 14, 2021