Delaware the first to offer full sports betting in region

David Madden
May 31, 2018 - 4:52 pm

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DOVER, Del. (KYW Newsradio) — It appears Delaware will be the first state outside of Nevada to offer full-blown sports betting, starting next week.

New Jersey has votes set on approving regulations on June 7. Pennsylvania's still working on it, with plans for casinos to apply for temporary licenses.

But Delaware officials said the state's three casinos will offer action starting June 5.

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Delaware has had limited parlay betting on pro football for a decade, so the computer terminals are already in place at Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway & Casino.

Delaware Secretary of Finance Rick Geisenberger said that gave them a head start.

"Mostly what we're doing is turning them on so it can be used for all of these different sports. In the last few weeks since the Supreme Court ruling, we have been training staff at the three casinos," he explained. "They fully understand how to place the bets in all these different types of games so that they can answer customer questions when they walk in the door."

There's an online guide offered through the state lottery advising potential players on how to bet. There's also talk of an in-state app at some point for online betting. 

The governor's office is planning a formal event next week to kick off sports betting.