Sports gambling is now legal in the state of Delaware. It is accessible at three of the state’s casino: Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway. And it is going to soon be accessible online within the state.
Delaware became the first state to legalize sports gambling after the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn a 1992 law that prohibited all states apart from Nevada from having lawful sports gambling.
That said, there is a confusing array of alternatives on a per-state foundation, so we’ve assembled this guide on where and how to wager on sports in Delaware.
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Is sports gambling legal in Delaware?
You bet it is. Beginning on June 5, 2018, Delaware started accepting sports wagers at Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway. Governor John Carney placed the first bet– a $10 winning wager on the Phillies.
Delaware became the first state in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to enact legal sports betting outside of Nevada. The reason for this is largely due to the simple fact that they had the infrastructure in place. They had allowed parlay bets on NFL games. Here’s a description from the New York Times:
When the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was enacted in 1992, it contained an exemption that allowed Delaware, Montana, Oregon and Nevada to continue at least some sports-betting operations.
In Delaware, that was a very niche product of parlay-style wagering on N.F.L. football, Ms. Slane said. This long-existing arrangement also helped Delaware take the lead.
So turning to the switch, so to speak, for more conventional forms of sport betting was simple.
Is online sports gambling legal in Delaware?
Not yet. Online sportsbooks are arriving soon — likely sometime in the summer of 2018 — to Delaware, but they were not lawful as of their nation’s launch of casino-based sportsbooks. Lawmakers likely want to see how that goes first before making it available online.
Once Delaware sports betting goes on, we anticipate the traditional players, such as DraftKings, FanDuel and William Hill, to have a presence in the state.
Those businesses have been striking partnerships with various land-based casinos. What the programs will look like — if white-labeled for a casino or a part of this canonical app — remains to be seen, but DraftKings and FanDuel seem especially well-positioned to make the most of the online gaming boom.
What types of stakes will I be able to place?
The website of the Delaware Lottery has published a listing of the kinds of action available from the state. It is what you’d expect.
Kinds of sports bets accepted in Delaware
Straight bet: Either point spread, moneyline or game total.
Parlay: A bet which unites multiple stakes into one.
Futures: An event which will take place in the future, like a bet on a team to win the Super Bowl.
Prop stakes: Bets the focus on specific events within a game (more on this in a second).
Teasers: Bets in which the lines is corrected on more than 1 game.
We’ve put together a beginner’s guide to sports betting that contains details on each of these formats.
All or some of those options will be accessible on football, basketball, hockey, boxing and MMA, baseball and auto racing.
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