The law is clear: Offshore sportsbooks operate illegally in the U.S.
That was the case before the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the expansion of sports betting to other states beyond Nevada in 2018, and it has been the case since.
Yet offshore sportsbooks still take bets from Americans every day. Turns out, the law doesn’t mean much without law enforcement.
Some members of Congress want to change that. A recent letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland – signed by the entire Nevada delegation in the House of Representatives – urged the Department of Justice to finally devote the time and money to wipe offshore sportsbooks off the playing field.
The American Gaming Association, which supported the letter and represents legal U.S. sportsbook operators, is optimistic that action will be taken, but other gaming insiders say any eulogies for offshore sportsbooks are premature.