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Currently, only Nevada is where you can legally bet on sports.

The court had no opinion about sports gambling itself or about any possible new ban on interstate sports gambling or on individuals who wager on sports. "It will be a natural transition to incorporate sports gaming by the casino and the racetracks".

"This ruling has caught a lot of people by surprise", said Benson.

Representatives of the four publicly traded companies did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

But Luke said, 'I think it is too premature to say if the Legislature or the public would be in support of it (sports gambling). It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game. So my reaction right now would not be an informed one in terms of what impact legalized sports gambling might have. If state legislators approve a sports betting bill, they say it will include regulations.

"Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution", he explained.

The NCAA and the major professional sports leagues contended that the law was not unconstitutional, because it didn't compel states to do anything; it simply prevented them from making sports betting legal by either operating sports-gambling schemes themselves or authorizing casinos to do so.

While states like New Jersey (which challenged the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 in court) will potentially offer sports betting in "a matter of weeks", the path of other states remains less clear.

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"If the state moves forward to allow sports gambling (via legislation), it's likely that it would take place only in those three mountain communities", she said Monday.

The only problem for those opposed to legal sports betting, according to the country's highest court, the statute does violate the U.S. constitution's anti-commandeering principle.

The NBA and Major League Baseball have argued in recent months for a 1 percent cut of proceeds if legalized sports betting expands across the country, saying part of that money would be needed for additional compliance and enforcement efforts within the game. As such, Congress would have to find some other way to make athletic wagers illegal, rather than prohibiting states from doing so through this statute. The law also doesn't cover animal races, such as horse racing, which many states already allow.

But most people who follow sports betting here don't think Montana, which has seen significant revenue woes and budget cuts over the past year, would see much of a payday from expanded sports betting.

The original ban had support from the National Football League, the NBA and the NCAA.

Lawmakers in Albany are considering legislation that would regulate sports betting across the state.

Area tourism leaders don't believe sports betting will spur massive casino redevelopment, but they do say it could draw a different, younger crowd to Tunica, especially on the weekends. That will soon change with the Supreme Court's ruling.