Delaware, a place of great historical significance in the US, has legalized the burgeoning industry of sports betting in recent years. Join us as we navigate through the intricacies of the Delaware sports betting landscape, including its regulations and offerings.

Delaware was in fact, the first state in the US to legalize sports betting following the overturning of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018 by the Supreme Court.

So, online sports betting is legal, although there has been no official launch in the state. However, there has been a greater push by lawmakers to usher in online sports betting after neighbouring state Maryland officially launched in 2022, leaving Delaware as the only state in the region without any online sports betting.

You can bet in person at any of Delaware’s three retail gambling locations.

The Delaware Lottery did reach an agreement with Rush Street Interactive (RSI) in September and the state is hopeful about introducing online sports betting at some point this winter. RSI will work with Delaware’s casinos to design new interfaces bearing their name, and online sports betting will now boast its own ‘tab’ on each of the casino’s sites.

Delaware signed a five-year contract with RSI.

While Delaware sports betting dates back to colonial times, I’m going to pick up from a more modern date:

  • 1937 – Delaware Park becomes the state’s first location to offer legal sports betting.
  • 1946 – Harrington Raceway opens and starts taking bets on horses.
  • 1969 – Dover Downs, Delaware’s third racetrack, opens.
  • 1974 – Delaware establishes the state’s lottery.
  • 2009 – An effort is made by Governor Jack Markell to expand the state’s lottery product into full-scale sports betting, but a US circuit court rules against expansion due to the PASPA.
  • 2018 – After the PASPA is overturned, Delaware quickly launches their sports betting rollout.
  • 2023 – Delaware’s state lottery requests proposal from vendors who could provide online sports betting.
  • 2023 – Delaware Lottery reaches agreement with Rush Street Interactive with the operator aiming to provide the state with Delaware online sports betting.

Delaware’s state taxes dictate that 50% of sports betting revenue is distributed to the State General Fund (SGF), 10% goes to racing purses, while the rest is commission for the racetrack casinos. The state has made approximately $69,471,162 in taxes — the 14th highest amount generated compared to other US states — from sports betting since it was legalized.

Delaware’s lack of online sportsbooks means their intake from sports betting isn’t as high compared to other states. However, the state’s revenue streams have started to show signs of life towards the end of 2023.

In October, punters spent $10.7m/ on sports betting, which is a 4.9% increase from October 2023 and a 40.8% rise from the previous month. In terms of sports betting revenue, Delaware raked in $2.6m in October after recording a figure of $958,547 in September 2023.

Delaware Park is the most popular location for sports betting in the state, and it was once again the market leader in October 2023.

There are currently no Delaware sports betting apps, but the state’s agreement with RSI should soon welcome online sportsbooks to the state.

Since RSI currently operates its BetRivers online sportsbook in 15 US states as well as RushBet across Mexico, Delaware mobile sports betting should include the addition of BetRiver as an online operator.

At this point in time, there doesn’t appear to be scope for major US sportsbooks such as FanDuel, BetMGM, and DraftKings to operate in Delaware.

Sports betting was legalized in Delaware in 2009 although sportsbooks could only begin to operate following the overturning of PASPA in 2018. HB 100 passed both the House and Senate in May 2009, stating:

“This bill requires the Lottery Director to use his or her authority to reestablish a sports lottery, which will enhance the Delaware Lottery, protect Delaware employment, and provide additional revenues for the State. The sports lottery excludes collegiate sporting events that involve a Delaware college or university. Persons under the age of 21 will not be allowed to participate in the sports lottery.”

There are three main points of the law:

  1. Sports betting is legal at the three racinos. Online sports betting is also legal, though no online books have launched in the state.

  2. All three casinos share an annual $4.5m license fee, though it’s not restricted to sports betting specifically. They pay proportionately according to each property’s individual share of the video lottery market.

  3. The state taxes sports betting revenues at a rate of 50%.

Another point worth noting is that bettors cannot place wagers on in-state college games.

Here are the current legal sportsbooks that operate in Delaware:

Delaware online sports betting and mobile sportsbooks: While online sports betting is legal in Delaware, there is currently no online sportsbooks available in Delaware just yet. However, the recently agreed deal with RSI will welcome online operators to the state this winter.

Land-based Delaware sportsbooks: There are three brick-and-mortar locations for sports betting in Delaware:

SportsbookVenueAddressSports BettingOnline BettingOff-track betting
Moneyline Sports Bar & LoungeDelaware Park Casino & Racing777 Delaware Park Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19804YesNoYes
Bally’s Dover Race & SportsbookBally’s Dover Casino Resort1131 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901YesNoYes
Murphy’s Race and SportsbookHarrington Raceway and Casino18500 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington, DE 19952YesNoYes

Delaware Park is the most popular casino in the state, with sports bettors able to sign up for a player rewards card that gifts them exclusive benefits such as access to special promotions. There are 30 TVs installed so sports bettors can watch their games, with Delaware Park sports betting allowing punters to place parlays, straight bets, round robins, teasers, futures, and a whole lot more.

Bally's Dover Casino Resort is the biggest casino in Delaware, and their outstanding resort is complemented by access to sports betting markets. Parlay cards are available every week during the football season, and bettors can watch all the action unfold at the Sports Book Bar. Bally’s sportsbook is extensive and allows Delaware sports bettors to bet on all of the leading professional and collegiate sports.

Harrington describe themselves as Delaware’s ‘premier’ sportsbook, although their coverage is pretty similar to the other two locations. Nevertheless, Harrington certainly offers plenty of avenues for sports bettors, with a great emphasis placed on the US’ major sports — football, baseball, ice hockey, and basketball.

This sportsbook certainly seeks to take care of its customers, too, offering a myriad of sports betting bonuses at any one time for Players Club Card members. There are various types of cards, with each bringing their own rewards.

Football, basketball, baseball, and ice hockey are popular betting options, but some might also enjoy more niche betting options such as lacrosse, golf, or even soccer.

There are currently no teams based in Delaware that are competing in a major league of any sport. Nevertheless, plenty of people that live in Delaware will root for teams located in nearby major cities.

The Philadelphia sports teams, for instance, are well-supported, as are the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and Washington Commanders.

The Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens currently rank among the NFL’s best. Both are tipped to reach the Super Bowl next year, with the Eagles losing out to the Kansas City Chiefs in last season’s Super Bowl having won their first championship in 2018. The Ravens are two-time Super Bowl winners, but the newly-named Commanders haven’t been relevant in a very long time.

The Phillies have competed in MLB since 1883, winning two championships. Their last World Series success came in 2008.

The Philadelphia 76ers were revered for their swashbuckling style of basketball in the 70s and 80s when Julius Erving was dominating the sport. However, although the Sixers won a Conference title with Allen Iverson in 2001, they haven’t won a championship since 1983.

The most successful Philadelphia-based sports team has been the Flyers, who compete in the NHL. Their recent history isn’t quite so prosperous, but they’ve nonetheless won eight Stanley Cups and were the league’s dynastical franchise in the 70s.

  • Generates a ton of tax revenue for the state (Delaware’s sports betting tax rate is high at 50%)
  • Produces a safer market for sports betting
  • An increase in casinos means an increase in local job opportunities
  • Easier to gauge problem gamblers and also easier for bettors to seek help if their gambling is spiralling out of control
  • Greater excitement for sports bettors when betting on local sports teams in neighbouring states

Given the absence of online sportsbooks, punters in Delaware can only bet on sports via the state’s three brick-and-mortar locations we’ve mentioned — Delaware Park Casino & Racing, Bally’s Dover Casino Resort, and Harrington Raceway and Casino, which offer sports betting to anyone who's 21 and older .

Launch date2018
Legal age 21
Retail bettingYes
Online sports bettingNo
eSports bettingYes
College bettingYes
Mobile bettingNo
Taxable winnings50%
Geolocation servicesYes
RegulatorDelaware State Lottery Office

As you’ve probably gathered, while Delaware has legalized sports betting, the state is not a sports betting behemoth. Thus, its handles are not going to compare to giants like New Jersey or Nevada.

Since sports betting became legal in Delaware in 2018, the state has totaled a handle of $588,528,377 and recorded $115,893,442 in revenue. However, these figures rank fourth lowest and sixth lowest respectively compared to other US states.

Despite these unsurprisingly low rankings, Delaware sports betting did enjoy a resurgence in October 2023, recording ahandle of $10,663,362 that month — the highest monthly handle since October 2022.

Delaware Park once again topped the market charts, posting $368,904 in revenue off a $2.5m handle. Bally’s Dover ranked second with revenue of $172,532 from a $1.2m handle in October, while the Harrington Raceway followed with $79,437 in revenue from a $554,958 handle.

The Delaware Gaming Enforcement places an emphasis upon responsible gambling, their dedicated page providing several problem gambling resources which include phone numbers and helpline websites.

At the time of writing, 33 states plus Washington DC have legalized sports betting in the US:

While Delaware became one of the first states to introduce sports betting in 2018, its coverage is undoubtedly pretty tame compared to others. Nevertheless, the state’s agreement with RSI is significant, and after seeing their neighbouring states proper form its introduction, Delaware will soon reap the rewards.

Delaware currently offers sports betting like any other state. You can bet on sports at three Delaware casinos, which also boast a sportsbook.

Yes, it has been legal since 2018 following the overturning of the PASPA.

While online sports betting is legal, there are currently no online sportsbooks located in the state. As a result, there is no legal Delaware sports betting app out available.

You have to be 21 to participate in Delaware sports betting.

Delaware sports betting is overseen by the Delaware State Lottery Office.

WRITTEN BY James Cormack
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Big sports fan specialising in football. Experienced the lows of Vlad Chiriches and Tim Sherwood as a Spurs fan along with the more recent ‘success’ under Pochettino. My following of the New England Patriots since 2012 somewhat makes up for the lack of silverware produced by Spurs in my lifetime.

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