The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a federal prohibition on sports betting as unconstitutional under the 10th Amendment. New Jersey, the state originating the case, will be the first state to legalize sports gambling, Richard Wolf reports.
Delaware will be the first new state to offer sports betting following the nationwide legalization of such wagering, Gov. John Carney announced in a news release Thursday.
Sports wagering will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at three locations, a move that comes after the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) on May 14. Delaware beats other states like New Jersey, Mississippi and West Virginia that sought to offer full-scale sports wagering like Nevada, which had a waiver under PASPA to take such bets.
“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,” Carney said in a news release. “We’re hopeful that this will bring even more visitors into Delaware to see firsthand what our state has to offer.”
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Delaware has offered parlay NFL wagering via partial exemption under PASAP for about a decade.
Bettors will be able to bet on single-game and future betting on MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA along with soccer, golf, and auto racing starting next week at Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel Casino, and Harrington Raceway Casino, according to a news release.
Delaware Finance Secretary Rick Geisenberger said his office has been closely engaged with the state’s three casinos as they train their employees on the rules of the new system.
“We will continue to provide public updates and additional information through the Delaware Lottery ahead of next week’s launch,” he said in a statement.
The Delaware Lottery has published an online betting tutorial for SportsPick, the state’s sports gaming product.
While the state didn’t immediately announce whether it would offer college betting, it is expected college football will be offered. Under the state’s lottery regulations, no bets can be taken on the state’s two Division I colleges (Delaware State and the University of Delaware).
Contributing: (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, part of the USA TODAY Network.
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