Although sports betting is still fighting for its legal survival in most of the US states, Nevada has ever been the only state where this form of money wager is regularized right from the moment new gambling laws were enacted by the federal government. For the first time, sportsbooks in this betting haven could face the outcome of legal restrictions as there are rumors in the air that online betting operators will not be allowed to take bets on NHL ice hockey which is going to be the first professional sports outfit of Las Vegas. This is strange as well surprising that sportsbooks are being so debarred from accepting bets on their own team that could cost them millions of dollars hence they have geared up to act against the possible verdict from the house representatives. Although, all the rumors are still in the air with no official communication from gaming commission to any sportsbooks, hence most of them are keeping a big silence over the legal developments being taken place behind the curtains.
Jay Kornegay, sportsbook director at Westgate, is one such representative who is surprised to hear all the hearsay evidence that they could not be allowed to accept wagers on NHL games involving their own team citing fear of match fixing, he said, “I would hope there would be no such restrictions because we would be sending the wrong message. We have been booking UNLV and UNR games for almost 15 years now. It would not make sense at all to book local colleges and not the pro team. We should have our local college teams on the board. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just another game. It doesn’t attract more attention than any other game.
“There has not been a problem in 15 years, and I certainly believe there would be no problems booking a local pro team. I certainly believe we should have the NHL team on the board. I have not heard the possibility of some kinds of restrictions or guidelines.”
Likewise, Jay Rood, sportsbook director for MGM Resorts, also added, “I would think if the NHL is coming to Vegas, they would embrace it. My opinion would be that we should go ahead and book it; we don’t have an ownership interest, it’s just a facility relationship.”