NICHOLS -- With the U.S. Supreme Court having ruled Monday that a federal ban on sports betting was unconstitutional, Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural is eager for what the future may bring.
"I'm very happy," Gural said of the court decision. "It will really allow us to add another element to the casino."
Gural noted that the New York State Gaming Commission must establish rules and guidelines before the casino can start taking bets.
"It will certainly bring people in the building," Gural explained. "(It) depends on how it pans out (with the gaming commission). It'll really make a difference, and hopefully we can get it going as quick as possible."
Gural also owns Meadowlands race track in East Rutherford, N.J., which was involved in the Supreme Court case.
"We were part of the lawsuit, so I helped pay for (it)," said Gural, who noted that he "got his money back" with the Monday ruling.
According to Supreme Court documents, the case was last argued in court on Dec. 4, 2017.
Meadowlands issued a statement on the decision, noting that the seven-year battle to reverse the 25-year-old federal ban is a win for residents outside of Nevada, where sports betting has remained lawful.
Additionally, Meadowlands cited that illegal, unsanctioned betting "is reported to total approximately $400 billion, annually, with a substantial percentage of that total being wagered in the state of New Jersey."