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 weeks after the Supreme Court lifted the national ban.
The country sent out a press release Thursday announcing full scale sports gaming operations will launch in all three Delaware casinos at 1:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday, June 5.
The state’s three casinos comprise:
Dover Downs Casino & Hotel
Harrington Casino & Raceway
Beginning June 5, the Delaware Lottery sports gambling product Sportspick will soon be available at sportsbooks inside the three casinos. It is going to now include single-game and championship wagering. This includes football, baseball, hockey, basketball, football, golf, and auto racing. It excludes events between teams.
But, it also appears tennis, boxing, and mixed martial arts will be added at a later date. Meanwhile, a how-to-play record released on the Delaware Lottery website contains principles for gambling on these sports.
Delaware Lottery NFL parlay gambling was already exempt from the federal sports betting ban. It will continue to be available at various Delaware Lottery retailers and pubs. However, full-scale sports betting will only be accessible in the casino sportsbooks.
SUPREME COURT OPENS SPORTS BETTING DOOR
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 which made sports betting illegal almost everywhere outside Nevada. The decision opened the door for countries to decide whether they wish to legalize sports betting.
New Jersey is the nation that fought with the law in the courts. New Jersey lawmakers and lawmakers in other countries have been scrambling to put together legislation to govern sports betting ever since. In the meantime, Delaware spent the time confirming the legal framework for sport betting inside its boundaries is already 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 gambling could be available at Delaware’s casinos before the end of June:
“After the Supreme Court took this case last year, the Delaware Lottery began preparing for the possibility that the Court could overturn (PASPA)…We will be looking at if the ruling allows Delaware to provide full-scale sports gambling beyond parlay gambling on National Football League games that was re-instituted at 2009. We believe that Delaware probably already has all necessary laws and regulations in place to implement full-scale sports gaming under the management of the Delaware Lottery. When it is permissible under the view, full-length sports gambling could be accessible at Delaware’s casinos before the end of June.”