Brett Smiley from SportsHandle brings SBC Americas this year’s final round-up of the week’s big developments in US sports betting.

The 10 Most Important Sports Betting Stories Of 2018

This year will forever stand alone in the annals of history — 2018 was the year the beast broke free, once the United States Supreme Court swung its mighty constitutional axe and shattered the puritan shackles that Congress fitted upon U.S. sports betting in 1992.

An astonishing amount of things have happened this year in the legal sports wagering world. The leagues, lawmakers, lobbyists, lotteries, linear television giants … everyone and everything are lining up to determine where they can best fit into this legal U.S. sports betting ecosystem, which is still five months from reaching one full year of life post-PASPA.

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Hard Rock Atlantic City, bet365 Move Closer To New Jersey Sports Betting

One of Atlantic City‘s newest brick-and-mortar casinos is inching closer to joining the booming sports betting market.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has granted Hard Rock Atlantic City’s request for a transactional waiver to conduct sports wagering-related business with Hillside (New Jersey) LLC, an affiliate of the British online gambling firm bet365. The two parties entered into an agreement in mid-June, and regulators granted temporary approval of the relationship later that month.

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Las Vegas Bookmaking Legend Jimmy Vaccaro Headed Home

In the true fashion of oddsmakers, friends and associates of legendary Las Vegas bookmaker Jimmy Vaccaro are more than willing to “make book” on Vaccaro’s future plans.

They just can’t believe Vaccaro, a fixture in the Nevada sports betting universe for more than four decades working at the Royal Inn, Barbary Coast, the Mirage, William Hill US and other stops, will depart his current post at the South Point sportsbook in Las Vegas. Jokingly, some have even set odds on how long their bookmaking colleague can stay away from Las Vegas after he returns to his Western Pennsylvania roots in Tafford, near Pittsburgh.

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State of Sports Betting In ’18, What It Looks Like And Lessons To Learn

Since the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in May, eight jurisdictions outside of Nevada have legalized and/or green-lighted operators for legal sports betting. And the only thing that’s become clear is that one-size-fits-all law does not apply here.

There is no uniformity among the eight jurisdictions. In Arkansas, voters legalized sports betting via ballot initiative on Nov. 6 and will automatically grant licenses to two existing racetracks. And Washington, D.C. created a unique situation in which the DC Lottery will have a monopoly on mobile sports betting.

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