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Sports Betting in Louisville, KY
This is our quick Louisville (KY) online sports betting options overview. Check the gambling sites, legal sportsbooks, mobile apps. Read about local casinos, gambling locations in 2019/2020. Find out more about best Louisville area casino, racetracks (check Churchill Down racing calendar) and sports betting locations like Derby City Gaming here.
Louisville Sports Betting Guide
Gambling and Louisville for many inspire immediate thoughts of the Kentucky Derby, one of the most famous horse races in the world. Racing is therefore big business in this city, although players are exempt from the very strict anti-gambling laws.
The constitution of the Bluegrass state Kentucky was deliberately given anti-gambling wording to stop the rise of often corrupt lotteries during the 1800s.
The only form of gambling which has been allowed throughout Louisvolle town is pari-mutuel betting on horse and dog races, even online via licensed off-track operators. Kentucky is a world center for the horse racing business, and has been hosting one of the world’s most famous and most prestigious races, the aforementioned Kentucky Derby, since 1875. In addition to the famous Churchill Downs track, Louisville hosts many other first-class racing tracks and venues.
Louisville sports betting legislation is very much focused on the organizers of and those profiting from ‘illegal’ gambling activity. This is to such a degree that just being a player in a game is permitted as a defence in a courtroom.
In 2019, the question of whether Louisville will legalize sports betting has been answered. The State Legislature introduced five bills to legalize sports betting.
HB 12, to institute a sports wagering system by the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. HB 171, meanwhile, removes games in which the winners are determined by the outcome of a sports contest from the list of games that the Kentucky Lottery Corporation that are prohibited.
HB 175 will establish a wagering administration to conduct an annual audit of fantasy contest registrants, and more and HB 190 describes the duties of the county clerk and sheriff in casino gaming local option election, plus establishes initial licensing fees. Finally, S 23 establishes the Kentucky Gaming Commission, a body that will oversee overall control of sports gambling in the state.