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Sports gambling is coming to Delaware casinos, and fast

With no legal barriers, the state's three casinos can go ahead and accept sports bets. Delaware becomes the first state in the country to act on the recent Supreme Court ruling.

Place your bets. (Photo by Flickr user Craig Fildes, used under a Creative Commons license)

Well, that was quick.

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court overturned a 1992 federal law that made sports betting in every state except Nevada. Next week, Delaware will be the first state to offer sports betting at all three of its casinos — Delaware ParkDover Downs and Harrington Raceway & Casino.

New Jersey challenged the law in December 2017. It will likely be the second state to offer legal sports gambling, with a bill anticipated to pass its legislature on June 7.

Delaware had no legal obstacles to starting full-scale sports betting in its casinos, the Delaware Department of Finance determined. A 2009 state law, which was overruled by the federal law until May 14, legalized betting on professional and collegiate sports, as long as they’re not Delaware-based teams.

At the casinos, folks will be able to bet on single-game and championship wagering on professional basketball, football, baseball, hockey, soccer, auto racing and golf.

Shawn Lindsey, founder of, the Delaware-based “Facebook of Sports Betting,” predicted that Delaware casinos would have full-scale sports betting this year, but the June 5 launch is earlier than expected.

The official launch is 1:30 p.m. on June 5. Place yer bets.


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