Online Betting in
Delaware

The first state was literally the first state to legalise single-game wagering outside of Nevada. However, despite its eagerness to overturn state legislation, it has been in no rush to offer sports betting online. Sports wagering is currently restricted to three land-based casinos.

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Limited Online Sports Betting Legal in Delaware

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Online sports betting in Delaware

In 2018, PASPA, the legislation that banned sports betting in the USA was removed. This left it up to each state to decide were they stood on the subject. In fact, Deleware had been part of an elite group of states (Oregon, Montana and Nevada) that had allowed some form of sports betting during PASPA.

The state today is lagging behind its neighbours with New Jersey and Pennsylvania leading the way nationally.

We expect Delaware's time will come but most likely in 2020, but only if the state loosens some of its restrictive regulation.

Frequently asked questions about sports betting in NV

NV is the heart of gambling in the US, but online sports betting is still relatively new. Here is what you need to know:

Is sports betting legal in Delaware?

Yes. If you are over 21 years of age you can bet on sports in Delaware.

Can you bet online in Delaware?

No. It is legal to bet online in Delaware, but as it currently stands, there is no sportsbook that offers mobile or online sports betting.

Where can you bet on sports in Delaware?

You can bet on sports at three physical locations; Delaware Park Casino, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Harrington Raceway & Casino.

Does Delaware have mobile sports betting?

No. Although it is now legal to bet online in Delaware, no sportsbook offers mobile betting in Delaware.

How old do you have to be to sports bet in Delaware?

You have to be 21 years old or older to bet on sport in Delaware.

Can you bet on the Super Bowl in Delaware?

Yes. You can bet on the Super Bowl at any of the following locations: Delaware Park Casino, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Harrington Raceway & Casino.

Sports betting history of Delaware

Back in 1976 the state had created a parlay lottery. This lottery allowed you to bet on multiple events with one wager. It was a high risk, high returns form of sports betting. The initial lottery closed the following year, but the state continued to allow parlay sports betting, even during the PAPSA ban.

So, it came as no surprise that they were one of the first states to legalize sports betting. But very few expected it to be the first, even pipping New Jersey across the finish line.

Almost immediately the state’s three largest casinos, Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway offered sports betting.

Their sportsbooks were packed out, everything seems to be progressing and then…. Well, nothing. Over a year later, and nothing has changed. Customers still have to attend one of the three land-based casinos to place a bet.

Whilst NJ and PA have stormed ahead with online sports betting, Delaware is now languishing far behind. This can be put down to a number of reasons.

Firstly, Deleware has been keen to keep control of the betting situation. With less than one million inhabitants the state is eager to retain their own identity and become known as a gambling haven. Some states, such as NJ have made sure that they have unrestrictive regulation, whereas others such as Nevada, have placed all sorts of regulation for online customers.

Secondly, the population's size means that there is little pressure from sportsbooks to loosen restrictions. The big sportsbooks such as DraftKings, FanDuel and 888Sport will no doubt set up shop in Deleware one day, but for the moment there are bigger fish to fry.

Then you also have the states distance from New York, which is close but yet so far. Sandwiched in between NY and Deleware sit PA and NJ. The two states that are leading the pack in terms of sports betting. This means that New Yorkers are much more likely to visit these two states to partake in sports betting than taking the trip to Deleware.

What is the PASPA

The PASPA is the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act introduced in the US in 1992. It banned sports betting in all states except for Nevada. The act allowed states to file for permission to allow certain restricted forms of sports betting. Delaware, Montana and Oregon did so. In Delaware, they applied to allow parlay sports betting as part of a lottery.

Delaware sports betting locations

At the moment, you will have to visit these three casinos in order to place a sports bet in Deleware.

  • Delaware Park Casino
  • Dover Downs Hotel
  • Harrington Raceway & Casino

These casinos share a license, so in effect, there is only one state-licensed operator in the state. None of these casinos currently offer a mobile or online version of their sportsbooks.

The situation is not like Nevada’s where you have to sign up and deposit in-person to a sportsbook, but then you can bet online with that money. In Delaware, everything stays within these casinos.

Type of sports betting in Deleware

We are not sure of the reasons why but Parlay cards have been available in Deleware since 2009! As anyone familiar with sports betting will be aware, parlays are notoriously hard to get right and are more of a lottery than a game of skill.

This betting form requires you to predict multiple outcomes under one wager. This means that you can have some huge payouts, but you also have a much lower likelihood of winning. You can read more about parlays on our page: Different forms of sports betting in the USA.

Now, however, you’ll be glad to hear, you can place any time of bet in the First State. This includes:

  • Moneyline bets
  • Pointspread bets
  • Over/Under bets
  • Prop bets
  • Future bets
  • Teasers
  • Parlays

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