Delaware 1st to Legalise State-Wide Sports Bets

Jake Cooper | 06 Jun 2018

Delaware 1st to Legalise State-Wide Sports BetsFor years, the US state of New Jersey pushed the Supreme Court to abolish its long-time ban on national sports betting, which eventually culminated in the offending PASPA Act being abolished last month. All American states can now legally offer and regulate their own sports betting markets, and one state in particular has beat all of the rest to become the first to do just that.

Delaware has become the very first US state to legalise state-wide sports betting after the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was finally eliminated from the constitution. The law, devised in 1992, was widely criticised particularly after the advent of online betting, as there were many aspects of the new industry that were no longer covered by the out dated legislation.

Legal Bets Accepted from June 5

Delaware will now soon offer fully legal and licensed sports betting after Governor John Carney signed the recent bill into effect. The Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, Delaware Park, and Harrington Raceway and Casino all have green lights to start offering real money wagers. The approval of this law has made the state the third of its kind in the Union to sanction sports betting, but also the first to do so since the Supreme Court’s PASPA ruling.

Commenting on the developments, Governor Carney noted that Delaware has all of the regulatory authority needed to go ahead with what he called a ‘full scale sports betting operation’. He further revealed that the state is looking forward to the launch of legal betting opportunities this week on June 5.

Provider Hired for Online Services

As mentioned above, wagers will start to be accepted early in June, with online and mobile sports betting platforms also to be offered to Delaware residents. A recent deal has just been struck between the state and Las Vegas-based Scientific Games, naming the developer as the official supplier of Delaware’s upcoming digital betting platforms and content.

Speaking about these developments, Carney also added that the local government is hopeful that the legalisation of betting will bring even more visitors to the state to see what it has to offer. The move will also bring valuable revenues to Delawarian coffers, both from the taxation of sports betting providers and the revenues generated by the state’s online and mobile wagering offerings.


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