As one of the smallest States in the Union, Delaware’s regulated gambling industry dates back to as early as 1933 when the state legalized horse racing, however, it was the legalization of Bingo in 1957, the Delaware State Lottery in 1974, Casinos in 1994, Online Gaming in 2012 (the first state to have legal online gambling) and as another first, the first state of the Union to pass legislation for legal sports betting that has transformed Delaware (DE) into a truly open-minded and reformist gaming state.
Recent legislative changes combined with technological change is now fueling the massive gambling expansion in Delaware.
The State’s Legislature was quick to legislate on legal sports betting in Delaware. Delaware sports betting was offered to its citizens before any other state in the nation. On June 5 2018, the state moved to offer single-game sports betting in Delaware on a number of different sports at three casinos in the state. Expanded Delaware sports gambling options may take place at additional locations or online in the coming months.
Delaware has a long and proud history of adopting innovative change in the gambling sector long before many of the larger states. Delaware became the first state to legalize online gambling in 2012. This permitted the Delaware Lottery to operate poker and casino sites on the Internet long before other states were ready to do so. The Delaware Lottery has outsourced long established industry giants to provide the games online and run them through the websites of the three Delaware land-based casinos.
Given Delaware’s heritage with applying the use of technological innovation, it is highly likely that the state will apply this model when making online sports betting in Delaware available to its residents.
Visit our Delaware online sports betting page for more information on the states sports betting laws