Delaware will be the first state to offer legal sports gambling when the practice begins at its three casinos Tuesday, ESPN reports.
The state announced Thursday that Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Harrington Raceway & Casino will begin taking Las Vegas-style single-game bets on baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, golf and auto racing on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Since 2009, Delaware had reportedly been offering parlay betting on NFL games through the state lottery. An estimated $46 million was bet on the NFL in this manner in 2017.
The path to fully legalized sports betting was paved on May 14 when the Supreme Court ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, the federal prohibition on state-sponsored sports betting, was unconstitutional. Delaware was one of several states that received an exemption from PASPA, but was restricted to parlay wagers on only professional football. Beginning Tuesday, single-game wagers will be allowed on anything outside of games involving Delaware-based teams.
“Delaware has all necessary legal and regulatory authority to move forward with a full-scale sports gaming operation, and we look forward to next week’s launch,” Delaware Gov. John Carney said in a release. “We’re hopeful that this will bring even more visitors into Delaware to see firsthand what our state has to offer.”