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Sports betting has always been the norm in Las Vegas, but now it's everywhere; how?

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AP Photo/John Locher

A man walks by as betting odds for NFL football's Super Bowl 55 are displayed on monitors at the Circa resort and casino sports book in Las Vegas

Americans are gambling more than ever on sports.

And the upcoming Super Bowl in Los Angeles between the Rams and

Bengals is another reminder of the growing popularity of sports betting—and it’s importance to the gaming industry.

Not so long ago, Las Vegas sports books were still considered pretty notorious places and the very thought of widespread legalized sports betting in America was too crazy to believe.

John L. Smith, Political Reporter and Commentator, State of Nevada Contributor

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Joe Schoenmann joined Nevada Public Radio in 2014. He works with a talented team of producers at State of Nevada who explore the casino industry, sports, politics, public health and everything in between.