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The race to become the first state outside Nevada to provide full-fledged sports gambling is finished. The tiny state of Delaware will start accepting wagers only weeks after the Supreme Court raised the national ban.

The country sent out a press release Thursday announcing full-scale sports gambling operations will launch in all three Delaware casinos at 1:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday, June 5.

The country’s three casinos include:

Delaware Park
Dover Downs Casino & Hotel
Harrington Casino & Raceway
Starting June 5, the Delaware Lottery sports betting product Sportspick will be accessible at sportsbooks inside the 3 casinos. It will now consist of single-game and championship wagering. This includes football, baseball, hockey, basketball, soccer, golf, and auto racing. It excludes events involving Delaware-based teams.

But, additionally, it appears tennis, boxing, and mixed martial arts will be inserted at a later date. A how-to-play document released on the Delaware Lottery site includes principles for gambling on those sports.

Delaware Lottery NFL parlay betting was already exempt from the national sports betting ban. It’ll continue to be accessible at different Delaware Lottery retailers and bars. However, 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 national law that made sports betting illegal almost everywhere out Nevada. The decision opened the door for countries to decide whether they wish to legalize sports.

New Jersey is the nation that fought the law in the courts. New Jersey lawmakers and lawmakers in other countries have been scrambling to put together legislation to govern sports gambling ever since. Meanwhile, Delaware spent the time confirming the legal framework for sport gambling in its borders is currently there. In fact, it now claims it’s been there because 2009.

Immediately after the Supreme Court decision, Delaware Governor John Carney issued a statement saying full-scale sports betting could be accessible at Delaware’s casinos before the end of June:

“When the Supreme Court took this case last year, the Delaware Lottery started preparing for the possibility that the Court could overturn (PASPA)…We’ll be looking at whether the opinion allows Delaware to offer full-scale sports gaming beyond parlay gambling on National Football League games that was re-instituted at 2009. We feel that Delaware probably already has all necessary regulations and laws in place to execute full-scale sports gaming under the direction of the Delaware Lottery. When it is permissible under the opinion, full-scale sports gaming could be available at Delaware’s casinos before the end of June.”

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