First to the finish line in the hotly anticipated legalization of online sports betting, is no other than the little state of Delaware; proving that being small can mean being far more dynamic.
DE Sports Betting Online – Here’s Where to Play
From 01h30pm, 5th June, Delaware beat all the other states to the punch, outside of Nevada, to go live with sports betting. These three DE casinos now offer sports betting:
Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Harrington Raceway & Casino.
Full-scale DE sports betting online will only be available via Delaware casinos sportsbooks, while Delaware Lottery NFL parlay-betting remains available via Delaware Lottery retailers. Sports pick will be available at sportsbooks inside the three casinos mentioned above for single and championship bets; however, it excludes events with Delaware based teams. For further guidelines on the rules of play, gamers can refer to the Delaware Lottery website
DE Sports Betting Leagues
Current sports for wagering include:
- Auto Racing
- Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
Delaware Sports Betting – How is it legal?
On 14 th May 2018, the US Supreme Court ruled that the legislation is known as PASPA (1992), a sports betting bill was unconstitutional and this, finally, gave states the power to decide for themselves whether they wish to legalize sports betting or not. Delaware claim that they had the legal framework in place since 2009 for such legalization of sports betting; all the while it was actually New Jersey who fought PASPA in the courts –and accordingly –they seem to now be frantically trying to get their own legislation in order so that they can go live with sports wagering.
Following the Supreme Court’s announcement in May, John Carney, the Delaware governor, stated that sports betting would be available in his state before the end of June pending their internal review of the judgment. Shortly after this, Rick Geisenberger, from Delaware Department of Finance, confirmed that there were no legal obstacles to proceeding to full sports betting, and that laws passed in 2009 meant that their only delay in going live was the appropriate training of lottery and casino staff.
Not long thereafter, he issued a further statement saying that all three casino’s staff and the lottery employees were prepared for the launch of sports betting. He promised to continue updating the public while asking interested parties to refer to the Delaware Lottery for further guidelines.