Delaware Launches Sports Betting at Three Casinos

The decision of the US Supreme Court to repeal the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 has marked the beginning of a whole new era for sports betting in the United States.

One by one, the US states are starting to legalize sports betting, or are at least getting ready to make such a move in the near future.

A Potentially Very Lucrative Market Has Emerged

The list of those states includes New York and Pennsylvania, while others are joining in. According to the recent news, Delaware’s Dover Downs, Delaware Park, and Harrington Raceway casinos have added sports book to their offer.

The Blue Hen State already has an existing sports betting law, adopted almost a decade ago that allows multi game parlay betting on National Football League games. Bear in mind Delaware was one of the four states (along with Nevada, Montana, and Oregon) exempt from the federal ban that was effectively imposed when PASPA came into effect back in 1992.

After consulting the Attorney General’s Office, the Delaware Department of Finance has determined there are no legal obstacles to offering sports betting on a full-scale level. Under the provisions of the law adopted nine years ago, Delaware is free to allow betting on professional and college sports, with the exception of games involving teams based in Delaware.

The Delaware Lottery has even published an online betting guide for the state’s gaming product, SportsPick.

Commenting on the matter of sports betting, Governor John Carney said Delaware had all necessary legal and regulatory authority to move forward with a full-scale sports gaming operation, which had begun on June 5. Carney added he was hopeful that this would bring even more visitors into Delaware to see first-hand what the state had to offer.

Delaware Is Ready

On the other hand, Rick Geisenberger, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Finance said his department – whose responsibility was to oversee the Delaware Lottery – had worked closely with Delaware’s three casinos to train lottery and casino staff in preparation for a launch of expanded sports betting, and once again confirmed the state was ready to move forward with its plans.

Geisenberger pointed out the Department of Finance would continue to provide public updates and additional information related to this week’s launch.

Starting from Tuesday, June 5, Dover Downs, Delaware Park and Harrington Raceway casinos are offering their customers single-game and championship wagering on professional baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, golf, and auto racing.

The plans include the introduction of mobile betting, but at this moment it is still a couple of month off. This means Delaware resident will have to place their bets in person until this betting via mobile phones becomes fully operational.

In the meantime, Governor Carney placed a ceremonial first bet on Tuesday, marking the launch of sports betting in Delaware. Will this move pay off? Many are sceptical, but at this moment it’s too early to make any estimates. The time will give a clear answer to this question.