If New Jersey emerges victorious from the Supreme Court and sports betting is rolled out across the US, it will be the biggest thing to hit the gambling market in decades. New Jersey’s director of gaming enforcement David Rebuck is getting prepared.

“We are obviously ecstatic and optimistic that the Supreme Court has accepted our argument and is giving us the opportunity to make our argument in the highest court,” New Jersey’s director of gaming enforcement, David Rebuck, tells Gaming Intelligence.

This has been a long, hard battle. It began in 2009, when the now-disbanded Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association, and others such as state senator Raymond Lesniak filed a suit against the federal government in the US District Court, District of New Jersey.

They asked the court to declare the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) invalid and void, and to permanently restrain the federal government from enforcing it. Thus began a near-decade-long saga of claim and counterclaim, victory, defeat and appeal, which will climax in the Supreme Court in December.

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