Things to Know March 26: Washington State Legalizes Sports Gambling and Today Would Have Been MLB Opening Day

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Thursday, March 26th and here’s three things to know from the world of fantasy sports and sports gambling.

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Number One: Congratulations citizens of Washington, you can now legally bet on sports

Washington is the latest state to legalize Sports Betting, becoming the 17th state to pass legislation.

Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill allowing the state and Indian Tribe casinos to offer sports betting. The Governor said the legalization of sports gambling "will allow people to participate in a new gaming activity that is safe and well-regulated by the tribes” Washington State’s Indian Gaming Association Executive Director Rebecca Kaldor says the "revenue generated by tribal gaming funds critical needs in our communities.” She added the revenue added by sports gambling will help the community recover from the “devastating impact of the coronavirus.”

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Number Two: Today Would Have Been MLB Opening Day

Today would have been the season’s opening day if the coronavirus didn’t cause a nationwide shut down.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he is optimistic about starting the 2020 season in May and added "the goal is to get in as many regular seasons games as possible." Sports Illustrated has plenty of strategy and advice for your upcoming fantasy baseball drafts. Head over to SI.com/Fantasy for the latest player rankings and insight from Shawn Childs, Dr. Roto, Corey Parson and Jaime Eisner.

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Number Three: The coronavirus has even shut down Chess

The Candidates Tournament is a 14-round chess tournament featuring eight of the world’s best nine players. It’s held every two years with the winner of the event advancing to the World Championship match where he or she will take on current World Champion Magnus Carlsen. 

The Candidates Tournament was taking place in Russia and you could even bet on the action thanks to the odds provided by William Hill Sports Book. But with Russia shutting down air traffic to outside countries, the Chess governing body (FIDE) decided to postpone the event midway through the tournament.

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