The race to become the first nation outside Nevada to provide full-fledged sports betting is finished. The tiny state of Delaware will begin accepting wagers just weeks after the Supreme Court lifted the national ban.
The country sent out a press release Thursday announcing full-scale sports gaming operations will start at all three Delaware casinos in 1:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday, June 5.
The three casinos of the state include:
Dover Downs Casino & Hotel
Harrington Raceway & Casino
Beginning June 5, the Delaware Lottery sports gambling product Sportspick will be available at sportsbooks inside the 3 casinos. It is going to consist of single-game and championship wagering for various sports. This includes baseball, football, hockey, basketball, football, golf, and auto racing. It excludes events between teams.
But, additionally, it appears tennis, boxing, and mixed martial arts will be inserted at a later date. Meanwhile, a how-to-play document released on the Delaware Lottery site contains rules for betting on those sports.
Delaware Lottery NFL parlay gambling was already exempt from the national sports betting ban. It’ll continue to be available at various Delaware Lottery retailers and pubs. But, full-scale sports betting will only be accessible at the casino sportsbooks.
SUPREME COURT OPENS SPORTS BETTING DOOR
The US Supreme Court released a decision May 14 declaring the Skilled and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) unconstitutional. PASPA was the federal law that made sports betting illegal almost everywhere out of Nevada. The decision opened the door for states to decide whether they wish to legalize sports gambling.
New Jersey is the state that fought the law at the courts and the law. New Jersey lawmakers and lawmakers in other states have been scrambling to put together legislation to govern sports gambling ever since. Meanwhile, Delaware spent the time confirming the legal framework for sports gambling inside its boundaries is currently there. In fact, it claims it has been there since 2009.
Immediately following the Supreme Court decision, Delaware Governor John Carney issued a statement stating full-scale sports betting could be accessible at Delaware’s casinos before the end of June:
“After the Supreme Court took this case this past year, the Delaware Lottery began preparing for the possibility that the Court could overturn (PASPA)…We will be looking at whether the ruling allows Delaware to offer full-scale sports gaming beyond parlay betting on National Football League games which was re-instituted in 2009. We feel that Delaware probably already has all necessary laws and regulations in place to implement full-scale sports gambling under the direction of the Delaware Lottery. When it’s permissible under the opinion, full-scale sports gambling could be available at Delaware’s casinos before the end of June.”
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