The government of Japan was initially supposed to finish the second of its 2-stage casino-gambling legalization process by the end of 2017. Unfortunately, the snap election during the past Fall delayed the vote on this Integrated Resort Implementation Bill.
This Promotion Bill had been approved quite some time ago by the Japanese government, which meant that it practically made casino-gambling finally legal in this country. And yet, no Japanese casino can open its doors before the regulatory framework has been created. The great thing about this Implementation Bill is that it would actually provide the necessary regulatory framework. And if this happens, as it should, any casino gambling activities will legally be conducted in Japan.
According to many analysts, this Implementation Bill will start taking form during the first months of this 2018. It would most likely be voted on somewhere in late June, or, perhaps, during one of those extraordinary sessions in the Autumn of this 2018. Still, as sad as it sounds, the gambling analysts believe that it won’t be before the year 2024 that the first casinos in this country will be able to open their doors.
3. Online Gambling Legalization Attempts in the U.S.
Besides Japan, this year might also be one full of changes when it comes to the U.S. gambling industry. Namely, it looks promising that this would be the year when the long-standing sports betting ban might finally be lifted. It looks that way, since back in 2017, the Supreme Court of the U.S. had agreed to hear out New Jersey’s arguments against this ban. This is indeed a good sign when it comes to the future of U.S. regulated sports betting.
Another thing which should be noted is that there would certainly be individual U.S. states which will take certain steps towards the long-awaited legalization of online gambling. For instance, Pennsylvania has become the 4th state in the U.S. to legalize ‘iGaming’ in the Fall of 2017. Now, having said that, it still remains to be seen how the lawmakers would regulate this nascent industry and just how well this nascent industry would fare.
Additionally, both California and New York have been trying for quite a while now (years, to be precise) to legalize online gambling. So, it may just be that this 2018 is the year when they finally succeed in their efforts. Even lawmakers in Michigan pointed out earlier last year that they’re planning to introduce an ‘iGaming’ bill this year. Another U.S. state, Illinois, had discussed the same opportunity during mid-2017, but it wouldn’t really be so supersizing if they renew this push this 2018.