In case you’ve been living under a rock, the US Supreme Court ruled on Monday, May 14, 2018, to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), essentially paving the way for individual states to legalize (or not) sports betting.
Immediately after the ruling, I noticed some comments on social media from Debbie Downers who are now somehow convinced Las Vegas’ tourism is about to take a massive hit. To those people, I can assure you that you’re dead wrong.
People Come to Vegas for More than Sports Betting
There are casinos in many states, most with slot machines, table games, and a poker room. If you want to play your favorite penny slots, you can do so at your local casino. If you’re looking for a decent $2/$5 no-limit hold’em game, chances are you’ll find one nearby.
But that doesn’t stop millions of people from traveling to Las Vegas each year to gamble. Why? Because playing penny slots at the Bellagio is a lot more fun than at some local Ma and Pa casino.
Sports betting is just one of many amenities offered at Las Vegas casinos, along with the slot machines, fancy restaurants, nightclubs, and stylish rooms.
It’s silly to think legalized sports betting in other states will impact Las Vegas when other forms of gambling have been legal elsewhere for many years, yet millions still flock to Sin City each year for vacation.
Vegas has many advantages over other cities that will soon begin accepting sports bets, including fancier casinos, bright lights, and nicer sportsbooks. Until businesses in other states start building multi-billion-dollar mega resorts, there will only be one Las Vegas. The recent PASPA ruling, which I support, will have no impact on tourism in Sin City.