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Holcomb Won't Stand in Way of Sports Wagering

Eight states have legalized sports books since Supreme Court struck down betting ban in May

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana appears likely to let you start betting on the Colts and Pacers, and Governor Holcomb says he won't stand in the way.

Eight states have legalized sports betting since the Supreme Court said in May that they could. Indiana is one of 21 more considering it. Governor Holcomb says it's clear more states will be climbing aboard, and says while it's not among his priorities, he doesn't have a problem with Indiana being one of them.

Like legislative leaders, Holcomb says the thornier questions are likely to involve not whether to legalize sports bets, but how. Legislators have said they expect to put casinos in charge of handling sports gambling, with the Indiana Gaming Commission overseeing it. They still need to consider who's allowed to place bets, whether you can bet on college or high school games, and how casinos gather the data they use to set the odds.

Holcomb says the final law needs enough safeguards for fans to be confident the teams are playing to win.

A 1993 law banning sports betting made exemptions for Nevada's fabled sports books, and for partial sports betting laws already on the books in three other states. With the Supreme Court challenge to that law looming, legislators considered a sports-betting bill last year in hopes of hitting the ground running, but didn't vote. The Supreme Court ruling was handed down two months after legislators adjourned, and several lawmakers have said they expect a bill to pass this year.

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