The race to become the first nation outside Nevada to offer full-fledged sports betting is over. The tiny state of Delaware will start accepting wagers just months after the Supreme Court lifted the national ban.
The country sent out a press release Thursday announcing full-scale sports gaming operations will start in 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
Starting June 5, the Delaware Lottery sports betting product Sportspick will be accessible at sportsbooks within the 3 casinos. It will consist of single-game and championship wagering. This includes baseball, football, hockey, basketball, football, golf, and auto racing. It excludes events involving teams.
However, additionally, it appears boxing, tennis, and mixed martial arts will be added at a later date. A how-to-play record released on the Delaware Lottery site includes rules for betting on these sports.
Delaware Lottery NFL parlay betting was already exempt from the national sports betting ban. It’ll continue to be available at various Delaware Lottery retailers and pubs. However, full-scale sports gambling will only be accessible in 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 which made sports gambling illegal almost everywhere outside Nevada. The door opened to decide for themselves whether they want to legalize sports betting.
New Jersey is the state that fought the legislation in the courts. New Jersey lawmakers and lawmakers in other countries are 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 reality, it claims it has been there since 2009.
Immediately after the Supreme Court decision, Delaware Governor John Carney issued an announcement saying full-scale sports gambling 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 opinion allows Delaware to provide full-scale sports gambling beyond parlay betting on National Football League games that was re-instituted in 2009. We believe 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 is permissible under the opinion, full-scale sports gambling could be available at Delaware’s casinos before the end of June.”
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