Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Delaware Park to Offer Full Sports Wagering Next Week

Delaware Park to Offer Full Sports Wagering Next Week

Under state law passed in 2009, DE may authorize betting on professional and collegiate sports, with the exception of games involving Delaware-based teams.

On Thursday, David Purdum of ESPN.com reported Delaware, which previously allowed National Football League parlay bets, will now allow full-scale betting at three of its casinos: Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Harrington Raceway & Casino.

Although Delaware is set to fully legalize gambling on sports, bettors will not have the option to make wagers on games involving in-state teams, per Purdum.

The Delaware Department of Finance and the state attorney general's office determined that the state could move forward with a full sports betting menu under existing law.

That means Delawareans will be able to make legal wagers on the National Basketball Association finals, which were to begin Thursday night and could run through June 17 if the championship series goes to a seventh game.

On May 14, the Supreme Court threw away a protection act put in place in 1992, prohibiting state-sponsored sports betting.

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At the DE casinos, bettors will be able to wager on single events of professional baseball, football, hockey, soccer, golf, and auto racing. Sources close to the situation confirm DE plans to offer wagering on college sports moving forward, but not right now.

When horseplayers arrive at Delaware Park to wager on the live card and the simulcast of the Belmont Stakes (G1) June 9, they'll also be able to wager on single-game sports contests. Michael Baumgartner (R-Spokane) told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson that while he doesn't see sports betting on the table anytime soon for Washington, he believes allowing it would be a good move.

Meanwhile, it's unclear whether sports betting will pay off for Delaware. According to ESPN, approximately $46 million was bet legally in the state on the National Football League in 2017.

The same revenue-sharing scheme will be used for the new sports betting system, with the state, casinos and horse industry sharing what's left over after the winners are paid and Scientific Games, the state's primary sports betting contractor, takes its first cut of 15.6 percent of the remainder.

Expanded sports wagering should increase the amount of money generated for tracks and purses in the state.

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