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Friday Headline: Sports Betting in Kentucky Edition

Great news for the state of Kentucky.

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Finally, Kentucky has caught up to their bordering states by passing HB 551 to legalize sports betting on Thursday evening. The bill needed 23 votes and passed 25-12. Those who voted yes and those who voted no can be seen below in Joe Sonka’s tweet.

Governor Andy Beshear will now need to sign the bill (which he’s said he will do) and then the path to sports betting will officially be underway.

This step forward will lead to more tax dollars for the state of Kentucky and keep citizens of Kentucky from having to cross a state border to place a sports bet. If people don’t have to visit a bordering state to place a bet, it also means any additional spending they would have done while placing that sports bet (eating, convenience store, other entertainment) will now be done in Kentucky where Kentucky businesses will now receive that business.

Sportsbooks will inevitably pop up at places such as Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Oak Grove Racing & Gaming, Red Mile, The Mint Gaming Hall, Ellis Park, Kentucky Speedway, Turfway Park, etc.

There will of course be the popular sports betting apps that will surely make their way to Kentucky, such as Draftkings, FanDuel, BetMGM, William Hill, etc.

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