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Delaware Sports Betting

Delaware Sports Betting Legalization News

Delaware was the first state after Nevada to offer a single-wager sports bet back in 2018, so it has a long history with sports betting.

However, for many years after PASPA was enacted in 1992, Delaware ran just a sports lottery whereby the lottery corporation required parlay-style betting. In other words, you had to pick two or more games on the same ticket.

When PASPA (federal prohibition of sports betting) was overturned by the Supreme Court, Delaware was ready and accepted the first wager June 15, 2018. However, the state lottery was tasked with running the new betting options at its race tracks and casinos and it has suffered from not going online. (Read Delaware legalization updates).

Is sports betting legal in Delaware?

Yes. Delaware sports betting has been happening for decades under its lottery corporation. Its original sports lottery was approved back in 1976. But a small population and the fact betting can only happen at select land-based establishments has kept it from becoming a meaningful source of tax revenue.

Where can I bet at Delaware sportsbooks?

Delaware Park Casino

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino

Harrington Raceway & Casino

Neither of the major DFS companies were live in the state as of early 2020.

What about mobile sports betting apps in Delaware?

Part of the problem with low participation is the fact there is no online sports betting in the state. It is something the state will likely consider as all their neighboring states begin offering mobile wagering.

What is the legal sports betting age in Delaware?

Currently, you must be 21 years old to place a bet in Delaware.

Who is allowed to offer Delaware sports betting?

Only the three aforementioned casino and race track entities are permitted under current law.

Who regulates or licenses Delaware sports betting?

The Delaware Lottery has long been the regulator for gambling in the state. The first day of the regime was filled with promise but enthusiasm quickly waned.

What sports will be favorites of Delaware sports bettors?

Delaware is surrounded by populous sports-loving states and bettors, but within the state itself, there is significant local content. In addition to Dover Downs, one of the most important horse racing facilities on the East Coast, college basketball see a pair of competitive Delaware schools that draw betting interest.

Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens play in the Colonial Conference while the Delaware State Hornets play in the MEAC and made it to March Madness in 2005, falling to Duke in the opening  round.