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The race to become the first state outside Nevada to offer full-fledged sports gambling is finished. The tiny state of Delaware will begin accepting wagers just months after the Supreme Court raised the federal ban.

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

The three casinos of the state comprise:

Delaware Park
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino

Harrington Raceway & Casino

Beginning June 5, the Delaware Lottery sports gambling product Sportspick will soon be available at sportsbooks inside the 3 casinos. It will now consist of championship and single-game wagering. This includes baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, golf, and auto racing. It excludes events involving Delaware-based teams.

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

Delaware Lottery NFL parlay betting was already exempt from the national sports gambling ban. It’ll continue to be available at various Delaware Lottery retailers and bars. However, full-scale sports gambling will only be available in the casino sportsbooks.
The US Supreme Court released a decision May 14 announcing the Skilled and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) unconstitutional. PASPA was the federal law that made sports betting illegal almost everywhere outside Nevada. The decision opened the door to decide if they wish to legalize sports betting.

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

Immediately following the Supreme Court decision, Delaware Governor John Carney issued an announcement stating full-scale sports gambling could be available at Delaware’s casinos before the end of June:

“When the Supreme Court took this case this past year, the Delaware Lottery started 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 that was re-instituted at 2009. We believe that Delaware likely already has all necessary regulations and laws in place to implement full-scale sports gambling under the management of the Delaware Lottery. If it is permissible under the view, full-length sports gaming could be available at Delaware’s casinos before the end of June.”

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