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Hawaii Could Take Step Toward Sports Betting, Other Forms Of Gambling from USBets' Brian Pempus

Hawaii is one of the most unfriendly states in the nation to gambling. It has no legal commercial gambling of any kind. But could the ball get rolling on changing that in 2021?

It’s possible, under a slew of gambling bills that have come forward in recent days. Do any of them have a chance in 2021? It’s hard to say for a state that doesn’t even have a lottery, but the rate of gambling expansion on the U.S. mainland and COVID-19 related financial woes could potentially make this year different. Hawaii has had plenty of gambling bills filed in the past that have fallen short.

Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, has already opposed a casino for Hawaii, so the state is probably not a candidate for a retail sportsbook anytime soon. But, as other states have shown, betting on sports via the internet is the preferred method for bettors. If Hawaii ever has regulated sports betting, an online-only model like the state of Tennessee is home to might make the most sense.


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