Vegas US Supreme Court Odds
Supreme Court decisions are often the subject of Vegas political betting lines, particularly when Supreme Court cases are heard on hot-button issues that constitute a pillar of either the Democrat Party or Republican Party.
Because Supreme Court judges are appointed by the President and confirmed by the US Senate, these positions – while allegedly apolitical and objective – are anything but. This gives fans of politics betting a decided edge when putting money on SCOTUS odds, as the nation’s highest court almost always votes along party lines on any given subject.
To learn more about the SCOTUS and the action available for Vegas US Supreme Court odds, our brief guide about the institution, its function, and its membership should help you place those winning wagers.
Is It Legal To Bet On Supreme Court Odds?
Yes, you can legally wager on Supreme Court rulings and various other props at legal online Vegas election betting sites. Indeed, in 2018, the Supreme Court ruled to overturn the ban on US sports betting, leading to massive growth in the domestic betting industry.
Ironically, no state allows local political betting despite the PASPA ruling, so bettors will have to place their election bets online at any of the top Vegas political sportsbooks listed here.
There are no federal restrictions preventing you from doing so, and these sites offer the only ways to legally bet on the Supreme Court, political props, Presidential debate props, and other election-related action.
Packing The Supreme Court
With Joe Biden now in office, one of the main narratives is that the Democratic Party is looking to "pack" the Supreme Court. So, what does "Supreme Court packing" mean? In this case, it means adding more justices to the nine-justice panel, allowing the current administration to nominate two, four, or even six new justices.
This, of course, will be hotly contested, as it's a blatant effort to create a Democratic supermajority in the court. And because SCOTUS justices serve for life, this would be a multigenerational supermajority, shaping new liberal "interpretations" of the "living document" US Constitution in all cases brought before the court.
Naturally, once this initiative starts gaining steam (the Biden administration has already started "investigating" how to implement the new approach), you can expect the best Vegas election betting sites to have numerous odds not only on whether or not the Supreme Court will be packed, but also how many new justices will be added, which judges will get nominated, which judges will be confirmed, and how many votes of confirmation each one will get.
We'll keep you updated on all the Supreme Court packing developments here, and as soon as odds are posted, we'll show you the lines and point you in the direction of the legal online sports betting sites with the best payout potentials for each one.
Current Supreme Court Justices
This is the current Supreme Court roster as of Q2 2021:
- John Roberts - Supreme Court Chief Justice; appointed by George W. Bush in 2005
- Clarence Thomas – Associate Supreme Court Justice; appointed by George H. W. Bush in 1991
- Stephen Breyer – Associate Supreme Court Justice; appointed by Bill Clinton in 1994
- Samuel Alito – Associate Supreme Court Justice; appointed by George W. Bush in 2005
- Sonia Sotomayor – Associate Supreme Court Justice; appointed by Barack Obama in 2009
- Elena Kagan – Associate Supreme Court Justice; appointed by Barack Obama in 2010
- Neil Gorsuch – Associate Supreme Court Justice; appointed by Donald Trump in 2017
- Brett Kavanaugh – Associate Supreme Court Justice; appointed by Donald Trump in 2018
- Amy Coney Barret - Associate Supreme Court Justice; appointed by Donald Trump in 2020
In Memoriam: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (often misspelled as Ruth Bader Ginsberg) passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020, after a protracted battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 83.
Ginsburg was the second-ever woman to serve on the US Supreme Court. Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg – often called “The Notorious RBG” by Hollywood and her adoring media – served as an Associate Justice for her entire 27-year career on the bench. Ginsburg was considered a moderate at the time of her nomination and confirmation, but she gradually shifted to the left and was a notable progressive and feminist icon by the time of her passing.
There is currently a Trump administration push to replace Ginsburg with a conservative judge on the Supreme Court before the end of the year, and possibly before the election itself. Given the fact that state electoral odds (and plenty of national polling) suggest that there will be many contested outcomes in the aftermath of the 2020 Presidential election, it seems imperative that the US’ highest court has all nine justices ready to rule on any election-related disputes.
Ginsburg herself was recently the favorite to pass away first among current SCOTUS Justices, which was a Vegas political prop that many election betting sites hosted in recent months.
Update: On Saturday, September 26, 2020, federal judge Amy Coney Barrett was chosen by President Trump to replace Ginsburg, though she has yet to be confirmed by the Senate.