The state of Delaware legalized sports betting on June 5, 2018, becoming the first state to do so outside of the state of Nevada. They just narrowly beat out New Jersey, which opened their doors to the industry on June 14, 2018.
Not a big surprise to see Delaware as one of the first states to open its arms to sports betting. In 2012, Delaware became the first state to legalize online casinos back in 2012.
At first residents were limited to single-game betting, but that has expanded to your more traditional scale of options.
List of Delaware Sportsbooks & Betting Locations
There are only three casinos in the entire state of Delaware, though that’s a decent number given the size. As most of you are well aware, Delaware is one of the smallest states in the country.
While some residents will have to do some traveling to get to one of these spots, they are well spread out. Delaware Park is located in the northern tip of the state in Stanton. Dover Downs is in Dover, which is basically right in the center. Harrington Raceway is roughly 30 miles south of Dover.
Pretty much all residents of the state should be able to make it to one of the three casinos in an hour or less.
All three casinos/sportsbooks are run by the Delaware State Lottery. This is a different model of business than you will see in other states, which primarily use your more traditional and established sportsbooks to run their operations.
Delaware Online Sports Betting (Currently Not Available)
One of the more interesting things when it comes to Delaware, is that online sports betting has not yet been made available. You would think the state that was the first to get online casinos in up and running, would have been one of the first to provide online sportsbooks.
Not only that, but the state is missing out on a ton of revenue by not offering online sports betting. I have to believe those that don’t live next to one of the three land-based casinos are finding other means, such as a local bookie or offshore book to place their wagers.
The good news is that it does appear that online sportsbooks will be in the mix at some point in the state of Delaware. Unfortunately, there is no time table for when that may come into the fold.