Delaware Now Officially Offers Sports Betting

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Delaware sports betting was officially launched today at the Dover Downs Race and Sportsbook.

Governor John Carney placed the first wager, $10 on the Phillies to win tonight's MLB game. The Governor tweeted a photo of his wagering slip.

The timing of the launch gives Delaware a chance to get their feet under them before an increase in volume later this fall. Delaware Finance Secretary Rick Geisenberger had the following to say last week:

"Obviously the key is going to be the football season because the bulk of betting in America is on football. We'll learn a little bit in June and July, but we'll learn a lot more in September."

SBR reported last week that Delaware was the first state to add full-scale sports gaming following the decision of the Supreme Court to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 ("PASPA"), which limited sports betting across the United States to just four states, with only Nevada offering a variety of ways to wager.

New Jersey legislators need to review and approve laws that will oversee how sportsbooks will be governed in the state before a wager can be taken. Delaware already had the necessary framework because it enjoyed a small exception from PASPA and was previously able to offer parlay-card style wagering in their casinos.

Mississippi is expected to take bets in late July if all goes well. West Virginia is also in the hunt.

Sportsbook Review is working on a legislative tracker page mapping the progress of each state's progress toward offering their residents and tourists the ability to wager on sports. As it is a state by state process, as of this time all provisions are for betting to take place inside the confines of a state, meaning a New Jerseyan could not go online to place a wager with a Las Vegas casino, like a bettor would be able to with a traditional online sportsbook.

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