Trump-Biden election off-limits for US bettors (so far)

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FILE - In this combination of file photos, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Collier, Pa., on March 6, 2018, and President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on March 20, 2018. For a moment, West Virginia looked like it was going to be the only state in the country to allow betting on the presidential election. The short-lived play by bookmaker giant FanDuel was approved by the state lottery board. But it was announced and nixed within the span of about two hours Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in a bizarre sequence that appeared to baffle top government officials. Republican Gov. Jim Justice said it was ridiculous and he didn't know why the lottery commission would approve such a deal. (AP Photo)

By WAYNE PARRY

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Double down on Donald, or bet big on Biden? Plenty of Americans would like the chance to place a bet on the presidential election, and sports books would love to take their money. But so far, it is not legal anywhere in the country. It actually was permitted for about an hour in West Virginia on Tuesday as the state gave and then quickly rescinded permission for sports books to take bets on the election. West Virginia lottery officials said they needed to study the issue further. Jay Kornegay, a Las Vegas sports book executive, says elections betting would be “gigantic” in the U.S.

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