Delaware becomes first new state to legalize sports betting and will be ready to go in days

Delaware will be the first state to cash in on the Supreme Court's recent ruling that gave states the right to allow sports betting and will be open to bettors starting on June 5, with many other states expected to follow suit by the time football season comes around.

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Delaware will be the first state to cash in on the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that gave states the right to allow sports betting and will be open to bettors starting on June 5, with many other states expected to follow suit by the time football season comes around.
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  • Delaware is set to become the first state to offer legal, single-game sports betting outside of Nevada since the Supreme Court’s decision that lifted the de facto nationwide ban.
  • Three locations in Delaware will begin taking single-game sports bets at 1:30 p.m. on June 5.
  • New Jersey and other states are expected to follow soon after.

Delaware will become the first state to offer single-game sports betting outside of Nevada, with three properties – Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, and Harrington Raceway & Casino – opening for sports betting business on Tuesday, June 5, the state announced on Thursday.

The news comes after the Supreme Court’s decision three weeks ago that declared the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) unconstitutional. While New Jersey was the state that brought the case to the Supreme Court, it looks as though Delaware will beat them to the market for bettors on the East Coast.

Delaware is not entirely new to the world of sports betting – the state had received a partial exemption from PASPA that allowed it to offer parlay wagers on NFL football, requiring gamblers to pick three games together per bet. According to ESPN, approximately $46 million was bet legally in the state on the NFL in 2017. Starting on Tuesday, single-game bets will be available to Delaware bettors.

The state’s existing laws regarding gambling was one of the factors that made the quick turnaround possible.

“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 statement. “We’re hopeful that this will bring even more visitors into Delaware to see firsthand what our state has to offer.”

New Jersey is also reportedly aiming to begin offering sports betting in June, with other states likely following soon after.