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Delaware launches full-fledged sports games

Delaware will begin full-scale sports game operations at three casinos in the state: The Casino at Delaware Park, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, and Harrington Raceway and Casino. Betting on Tuesday includes single-round contests and championship contests for professional baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, golf, and auto racing.

Delaware's Treasury Department, in consultation with the attorney general's office, determined that there were no legal obstacles to proceeding with full-fledged sports betting in Delaware following the U.S. Supreme Court's May 14 decision to overturn the Pro and Amateur Sports Protection Act. Under a state law passed in 2009, Delaware can authorize professional and college sports betting, except for games involving teams based in Delaware.

The Delaware Lottery has issued an online "How to Bet" guide to sportspick, a Delaware sports gaming product, to prepare and educate new consumers.

"Delaware has all the necessary legal and regulatory powers to drive full-scale sports game operations, and we look forward to its rollout next week," Gov. John Carney said. "We hope to bring more visitors to Delaware to see for themselves what our state has to offer."

"We've worked closely with three of Delaware's casinos to train lottery and casino staff in preparation for the expanded sports betting rollout, and Delaware is ready to move forward," said Rick Geisenberger, Delaware's Treasury secretary who oversees the Delaware lottery. "We will continue to provide public updates and additional information through the Delaware lottery ahead of its launch next week."
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Wednesday, January 17, 2024
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