Illinois Steals Sports-Betting Thunder From New York

This was supposed to be the year of New York when it comes to online sports betting, but in a big surprise Illinois has moved into the spotlight largely because of an aggressive new governor.

As things stand, 20 states and the District of Columbia are either allowing wagers on games or have passed sports-betting legislation and are in different phases of implementation.

Sports betting began July 16 in New York, but gamblers still cannot place their wagers online primarily due to opposition from Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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