Delaware officially initiated legalized sports betting on June 5 when the state’s three casinos — Dover Downs Casino, Delaware Park Casino and Harrington Raceway and Casino — began accepting wagers.
Delaware was able to launch single-game betting without any new legislation, as it’s one of four other states besides Nevada that had a form of grandfather exemption from PASPA when it was first passed in 1992. That’s because the Delaware Sports Lottery already offered three-team or greater parlay cards in 1976, although that lasted just one season.
The parlay cards returned in 2009 and have been moderately successful since, reportedly approximately $9 million for the state in 2017.
Notably, Delaware first attempted to side-step PASPA that same year, when a struggling economy led to both the state lottery and the casinos taking a significant financial hit. Then-Governor Jack Markell spearheaded a proposal for establishments to add single-game sports betting, which passed the Senate by a 17-2 margin in May of that year.
However, the sports leagues successfully argued for an injunction, and ultimately, The Third Circuit Court of Appeals ultimately declared that the aforementioned parlay cards were the only forms of sports betting that PASPA grandfathered in with respect to Delaware.
Delaware sports betting status
Delaware offers single-game sports betting on all major sports since Tuesday, June 5. Currently, the state’s three casinos – Dover Downs Casino, Delaware Park Casino and Harrington Raceway and Casino – accept wagers. Wagering on Delaware-based teams is prohibited, however.
The Delaware Sports Lottery continues to offer the parlay card contest – Sports Pick – as well.
Delaware Sports Betting FAQ
Is sports betting legal in Delaware?
Yes, single-game sports betting technically became legal in Delaware on May 14, when the SCOTUS struck down PASPA in Murphy vs. NCAA. The first legal sports bets were then accepted by operators on Tuesday, June 5.
Betting is presently limited to the brick-and-mortar locations of the state’s three casinos. However, mobile wagering is certainly a possibility in the future.
Where can I bet on sports in Delaware?
Sports bets can presently be placed at the sportsbooks located within Dover Downs Casino, Delaware Park Casino and Harrington Raceway and Casino.
Can I bet on my mobile device?
Current laws limit sports betting to the aforementioned trio of brick-and-mortar locations. However, mobile wagering is certainly a possibility in the future.
How can I deposit and withdraw money on sports betting sites in Delaware?
There is no mobile wagering currently available in Delaware.
How old do I have to be to bet on sports in Delaware?
You must be 21 years of age to place a bet in Delaware.
Which local sports teams in Delaware can I bet on?
Bets can be placed on all professional sports teams near Delaware, including the four Philadelphia franchises — Phillies, Flyers, 76ers and Eagles. College sports will eventually be made available, but wagers are not yet being accepted.
Can I get into trouble for placing bets with unregulated online sportsbooks in Delaware?
With sports betting now legalized in the state, there is likely to be a precipitous drop in residents patronizing unregulated sportsbooks. However, as a practical matter, doing so won’t lead to any legal complications for the individual.
The risks that are involved with utilizing such entities is that there is typically zero recourse for the bettor if the operator is shut down, refuses to pay out winning wagers or engages in any otherwise questionable activity. As such, a regulated market with corresponding penalties for operators that do not adhere to established legal protocols is the optimal manner in which to engage in sports betting.