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FILE - in this Aug. 27, 2020 file photo, a woman wearing a mask as a precaution against the coronavirus plays an electronic slot machine during the reopening of the Mirage hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Casino gambling remained slow in Nevada last month, according to a key index of casino activity that showed little improvement from the month before. The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 that casino house winnings of $743 million statewide were down 22% in August, compared with the same month a year ago.

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Expansion of gambling in the U.S. wins big at polls

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The U.S. gambling industry won big at the polls Tuesday, with three states authorizing legal sports betting and three others either approving or expanding casino gambling. Maryland, South Dakota and Louisiana approved sports betting. That sets up a situation in which by the end of next year more than half the country could have legal sports betting, less than three years after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for all 50 states to adopt it if they chose.

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