The Case for Legalizing Political Betting

It’s time the U.S. officially joined the rest of the world to fully permit gambling on political outcomes.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I f you think your candidate of the week will go all the way to the White House, can you legally call your bookie to put your money where your mouth is? Short answer, no; long answer, maybe in Iowa, but not in Las Vegas. But that can and should change. If the states play their cards right, this prohibition will fold.

Nevada Gaming Commission regulations explicitly forbid betting on the “outcome of any election for any public office both within and without the State of Nevada.” Nevada places election betting into its sports-betting scheme — and, as America’s gambling capital, Nevada


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