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Delaware has the distinction of being just the second state after Nevada to legalize sports betting, now in its second year in the First State. Last year’s earnings were higher than expected, at almost $159 million, with college and pro football accounting for more than half of that, according to Delaware State News.
This year, people in the Mid-Atlantic have more options than just Delaware and New Jersey (the third state to legalize sports betting), with Pennsylvania and New York now offering legal sports wagering. That may mean a significant drop in earnings — or it may not, as people get more comfortable with legal sports betting.
So, how do you do sports betting? Full-scale sports betting is relatively complex (a full tutorial can be found here), and is allowed only at Delaware’s casinos — Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, and Harrington Raceway & Casino. This is where you can bet on a team to win using a point spread.
Parlay cards, which were legalized in Delaware before full-scale sports betting, are available in retail locations, with bets starting at $2. These bets can be placed at most Grotto Pizza sports bars, tobacco shops, liquor stores, corner stores and a few bowling alley and taverns (a town-by-town list of locations can be found here). Tickets are available on Wednesdays at these locations, and there is a Quick Pick option.
Chances are, if you play, you’ll lose some money. Where does it go? Since legal gambling is run by the Delaware Lottery, profits go to State General Fund that helps pay for state services like public education, social services and public safety.
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