The US betting race to become the first state outside of Nevada to provide fully-fledged US sports betting is over. The small state of Delaware will start accepting wagers only weeks after the Supreme Court lifted the federal ban.
The state of Delaware released a press statement on Thursday announcing full-scale US betting on sports will launch at all three Delaware casinos at 1:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday, June 5.
Legal US Betting sites
- Delaware Park
- Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
- Harrington Raceway & Casino
Starting June 5, the Delaware Lottery US betting product Sportspick will be available at US sportsbooks inside the three casinos. It will now include single-game and championship wagering for various professional sports. This includes baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, golf, and auto racing. It excludes events involving Delaware-based teams.
However, it also appears tennis, boxing, and mixed martial arts will be added at a later date. Meanwhile, a how-to-play document released on the Delaware Lottery website contains the rules for betting on these sports.
Delaware Lottery NFL parlay betting was already exempt from the federal sports betting ban. It will continue to be available at various Delaware Lottery retailers and bars. However, full-scale US sports betting will only be available at the US casino sportsbooks.
SUPREME COURT OPENS SPORTS US BETTING DOOR
The US Supreme Court released a decision May 14 declaring the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) unconstitutional. PASPA was the federal law that made sports betting illegal almost everywhere outside of Nevada. The decision opened the door for states to decide for themselves whether they want to legalize sports betting.
New Jersey is the state that fought the law in the courts. New Jersey lawmakers and lawmakers in other states have been scrambling to put together legislation to govern sports betting ever since. In the meantime, Delaware spent the time confirming the legal framework for sports betting inside its borders is already there. In fact, it now claims it has been there since 2009.
Immediately following the Supreme Court decision, Delaware Governor John Carney issued a statement saying full-scale sports betting could be available at Delaware’s casinos before the end of June:
NO LEGAL OBSTACLES TO SPORTS US BETTING IN DELAWARE
Soon after, Delaware Department of Finance Secretary Rick Geisenberger issued another statement. It said the state has determined there are no legal obstacles to full-scale sports betting in Delaware. This confirmed the law passed in 2009 already authorized betting on professional and collegiate sports in Delaware:
Thursday, Gov. Carney issued another statement coinciding with the announcement full-scale sports wagering would launch June 5 at Delaware casinos:
Additionally, Geisenberger said local casino and lottery staff are ready to begin: