Delaware Sports Betting
Editor’s note: As of Jan. 13, 2021
Delaware lived up to its nickname “The First State,” being the first state to offer legal sports betting outside Nevada after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May 2018 which repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.
Delaware was able to offer betting so quickly because it is one of a handful of states grandfathered in because it previously had offered a form of legal sports wagers while PASPA was enacted.
The state offers full-scale sports betting at three casinos in the state: Delaware Park Casino (FanDuel sportsbook); Dover Downs Hotel & Casino (Scientific Games) and Harrington Raceway & Casino (Scientific Games).
It also offers a Sports Lottery -- NFL parlay betting -- at more than 100 state lottery outlets in the state.
Is sports betting currently legal in the state?
When did Delaware start accepting bets?
On June 5, 2018, Gov. John Carney placed the first sports bet at Delaware Park Casino in Wilmington.
What is the legal age to bet on sports in Delaware?
21 years old; bring a valid photo ID
What restrictions are there on sports betting in Delaware … is online wagering allowed?
Mobile betting is legal, according to Delaware Lottery officials, but it is not offered in the state.
Full-scale sports betting with ticket writers at betting windows or at kiosks is permitted at the state’s three casinos:
· Delaware Park Casino (FanDuel sportsbook)
· Dover Downs Hotel & Casino (Scientific Games)
· Harrington Raceway & Casino (Scientific Games)
For years, Delaware has offered 3-plus NFL game parlays and the practice continues at all Sports Lottery locations. Parlay cards are available at lottery retailers on Wednesday.
What about horse racing?
Although none of the sportsbooks are currently offering online betting you can still place wagers online for horse racing, via operators such as TVG, Bet America, Twinspires and AM Wager.